March 23, 2023 — New York
American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with IsraAID, the Israeli relief agency, to provide humanitarian assistance to Malawi. The African nation is facing a serious cholera outbreak, communities have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced following Cyclone Freddy.
“AJC stands in solidarity with the people of Malawi, as they strive to deal with an enormous tragedy. Malawi, a country known as the Warm Heart of Africa, has long shown a warm heart toward the United States and Israel. We are pleased to join with IsraAID, our long-time partner, to provide urgent humanitarian relief,” said Wayne Sussman, Director of AJC’s Africa Institute.
Sussman, AJC Africa Institute Board Chair Marion Bergman, and AJC Long Island President Arnie Herz met in New York last week with Ambassador Agnes Chimbiri-Molande, Permanent Representative of Malawi to the UN, to discuss, among other issues, the ramifications of the cyclone and how AJC can assist.
IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer said: “The people of Malawi suffered a terrible cyclone and our hearts go out to them. Thanks, once again, to AJC’s support we are able to respond quickly to this tragedy and deploy our emergency response team who will focus on both relief and recovery.”
AJC's grant to support relief efforts in Malawi comes from the agency’s Heilbrunn Humanitarian Relief Fund. Humanitarian relief has been a core of AJC's work for more than a century. The global advocacy organization for the Jewish people has long partnered with IsraAID in crises around the world.