Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Psychosocial Aid

The term refugee does not define identity; it describes circumstances. To be an individual asylum-seeker or refugee is not an indication of personality or ability. At ASSAF we encounter a wide variety of applicants, who differ from one another in many ways, and in the situations and challenges they face.

By constructing psycho-social programs and creating support apparatuses, ASSAF is developing various  forms of response to a wide spectrum of conditions, needs and challenges: some applicants face the challenge of adapting to a new reality and building their present and future (i.e. finding work or studying); some, such as newcomers and families, wrestle with more complex challenges; others tackle more complicated problems such as physical disability. emotional problems, psychiatric disorders, post-traumatic symptoms etc.

Social and emotional responses are an inseparable component of the range of services the Association offers applicants, since ASSAF's psycho-social aid is based on a holistic outlook which cover various diverse aspects of the lives of asylum-seekers : social, emotional,  community-based and humanitarian.

The Assaf team encounters on a daily basis dozens of asylum-seekers who have undergone traumatic experiences in their home countries, during their flight and after arriving in Israel. Through our various activities, we try to respond to all their social and emotional needs and to help them recover resilience. Through our professional projects, we supply applicants with support and accompaniment, if they need or require our help.

The personal stories of asylum-seekers in Israel and the complex social and emotional problems they face, are directly linked to public opinion in the public realm and to the absence of clear-cut policy. In the absence of clearly-defined status, rights and a support network, the ability of asylum-seekers to improve their lives is very limited as is Assaf' s ability to bridge all the gaps and supply effective solutions. This being so, our work is not confined to the office. In addition to offering individual support, the Association acts to change policy; we submit position papers,  contact the media and try to serve as voice for the applicants and obtain institutional responses ( with the permission of the applicant). These activities stem from our conviction that problems do not always stem from the applicants, so that efforts which focus solely on them would be fruitless.


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