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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: American Friends of NATAL – Together we can help Israel heal. The mission of AFN is to support the treatment of Israelis who have experienced trauma related to terrorism, war and military service. By doing so, not only are we helping these individuals, but we are strengthening the fabric of Israeli society.

Results: NATAL has treated over 100,000 victims to-date.

Programs: American friends of natal, inc. Made donations of $832,132 to natal in 2014. Natal is a non profit association which serves as a trauma center for victims of terror and war in israel.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working at NATAL has been a wonderful experience!! The work environment is very friendly, and everyone here is extremely dedicated to what they are doing. I was a psychology student in college and plan on pursuing a degree in the field, and this was a great educational experience for me. I got to see how trauma counseling is applied in the real world, and see how it can change people's lives. It was also an educational experience to see the development/business side of the organization. I was volunteering when Operation Pillar of Defense was going on in Israel, and I got to see NATAL in full action. During this stressful time, NATAL was fully committed to providing immediate support to all who needed it, particularly to the communities of southern Israel. It was incredible to see how much of an impact NATAL had.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Natal is a great organization in which I loved working. All the money that is donated to Natal is spent in a good way, there isn't 1 penny wasted. The same is for all the time you spent in it, I always had the feeling that my time was spent well and that I really helped them in achieving their goals.
The goal of Natal is to provide multidisciplinary help to traumatized people after war and terror in Israel. Unfortunately those people form a big group in Israel, and Natal makes sure everyone gets the help he/she needs/want. I also like the fact that Natal is apolitical, because even though people get hurt in Israel for political reasons, at the end of the day, no matter what the politic does, they as human beings need help. Natal provides them this across the whole country.
Natal is pure, transparent and has the good intention and the ability to really make a difference in people's life and in the Israeli society. These are for me the best qualities a NGO can have and therefore I recommend it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The second I started working at NATAL, I felt at home. The building is the most welcoming, warm place I'd ever been, and after a busy week of study abroad orientation, which included already two fights about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among my group, this place felt like paradise. I'd always been interested in trauma, because both of my parents work in emergency medicine and I've had some experience in the field myself, but I had never delved past the initial physical recovery from the trauma. NATAL was a great place to learn about what happens after the physical wounds are healed. They are the best at treating PTSD using multitude of methods, from traditional clinical therapy to an innovative and unique hotline. As a volunteer, I was really given free reign to write a blog about trauma and my experiences in Israel and at the organization. They were great about making resources and staff available to me for interviews, to help me further understand what they do here at NATAL and how they do it. Everyone at the organization is friendly and welcoming and leaving this organization is what I'm most dreading about leaving Israel. They give interns the opportunity to continue volunteering with the New York branch, the American Friends of NATAL, and I'm definitely going to take up that offer. I want to stay connected to this organization. My time here at NATAL has helped me feel welcome in Tel Aviv and one of the most worthwhile aspects of my study abroad experience.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working in the non-profit sector for almost 10 years and the work that Natal does is some of the most important that I've seen. I've been working with Natal since late August while living in Israel. The organization really focuses on their clients needs and provides invaluable services. The work I did was to help engage our current audience as well as try to gain new followers. Working for Natal has also been a positive experience. Everyone in the office is very sweet and approachable, as well as very thankful that I am there.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Prior to working at Natal I knew a little bit about PTSD and that it existed world wide, but I did not know the severity of it. As a result of terrorism and war Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious illness that effects individuals everywhere as well as their family and friends. Natal works to bring awareness to PTSD and make it okay for people to get the help they need without being embarrassed. Through different types of therapy, including art therapy, one on one therapy, and group therapy, Natal works to help people begin to regain their lives again and sense of self as they begin the process of recovery. What makes Natal's hotline special is that not only do people receive support and help, but the hotline volunteers create personal relationships with those in need and call them back to check up on them. I've had a great experience at Natal and everyone here is extremely nice and devoted to helping others.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Alla Paradis and I am from Brooklyn, New York. I came to Israel to intern and to volunteer and when I heard about NATAL's mission, I knew that this was an organization that I wanted to contribute to. NATAL is a non-profit Organization in which they help people that suffer from trauma due to the Arab-Israeli conflict. They make it known that the poeple of Israel are not alone and they give them many options such as a very active and available hotline, recreational centers for areas like Sderot that are in need for them and therapy to those that need it and much, much more. It is so exhilirating to be apart of such an organization; even from the first day I felt that I can take something out of this experience with me for my future career. I always felt like I belonged and I began to understand so much about Israel and the people of Israel through NATAL and it was really rewarding. I realized that everything that I thought I understand was really just an image and the people of Israel have survived so much, and have given up so much of their lives to keep this land, that its time to start giving back to the people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Ilana Snyder and I am 21 years old. I have been in Israel for three months and I’m loving every minute of it. I am on an internship program in Tel Aviv that gives young adults a chance to work and volunteer in Israeli society. When I came to Israel I knew that I wanted to give back to the community in some way and I also wanted to use my bachelors degree in Psychology; I find myself extremely lucky that I found NATAL. NATAL is an amazing organization that is comprised of not only a dedicated and hardworking staff; they are also extremely warm and welcoming. The first day I started volunteering it felt like home. Everyone was interested in where I lived and how I liked Israel, it was refreshing and very different from what I expected and internship to be like. The people at NATAL have been so insightful and eager to teach me about the organization and how it helps others. This experience has impacted me more than I ever expected and I want to continue to help the organization as much as I can when I return back to the United States.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Israel and got the great experience of working through an internship with NATAL. Though I did not really know about PTSD or about the military here in Israel, the employees at NATAL made every effort to introduce me to the organization. They set up interviews with different members of the staff, taught us about nationwide holidays and always made sure we were included and felt at home. The work I did was mostly raising awareness-writing blogs and helping with Facebook messages but I also worked in editing English documents and researching revenue sources. I feel like the experience was as much them helping me become knowledgeable as it was me helping them.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Natal is an amazing organization that has a dedicated staff. Working for Natal made me feel like I was actually making a difference. Natal makes a sizable contribution to the health and happiness of many citizens in Israel.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Sharona, I’m 18 years old and I am from Los Angeles, California. For the past 9 months I have been living and volunteering in various locations in Israel but only one volunteer placement made me feel accomplished, useful and welcomed, that place was NATAL. Living in a peaceful state of mind is not easy, and it is even more difficult when you live in a country at constant risk of war. This exact fear, of war and terror, and not knowing from day to day when you will have to spend weeks at a time in a bomb shelter is why NATAL is such an important organization. At one moment, a person can be at peace with themselves and then a sudden fear or trauma can put that same person at war with themselves. The beauty of NATAL is that they are useful to society even in times of peace because PTSD does not last only while there is war, it will last until it is treated and if people are treated and mentally ready for another possible trauma in the future, then the cases of PTSD can be minimized tremendously. NATAL is unique because it is uses a combination of traditional therapy and more creative treatments and it is the only trauma center in Israel that specializes in treating victims of terror and war. The NATAL staff are not only professional, but also extremely friendly and welcoming as individuals and therapists. Volunteering at NATAL has made me realize that the Israel I knew, and the Israel I know now, is still not the same Israel everybody recognizes. It is a country in a constant state of alert and people suffer because of it everyday. Thanks to NATAL, more people are being treated for post-trauma symptoms than ever before which is doing so much to improve the mental welfare of the whole society.

Review from Guidestar