Haiti Earthquake Relief
Important Note: this page is used for the current series of diaries on the Haiti earthquake and relief organizations that the Daily Kos community has and might wish to support, as noted in the initial section below. Please do not modify this page except to add new, appropriate organizations, or to correct errors.
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. Centered just fifteen miles from the capital, Port-au-Prince, the earthquake caused massive damage and destruction. Virtually every building in the city was either destroyed or severely damaged. The latest Haitian government figures on the confirmed loss of life is over 212,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone, but that is likely to change in the future as efforts continue, and rubble is removed. The scope of the tragedy has led to a massive outpouring of support to aid Haiti.
As part of the effort, Daily Kos bloggers started fundraising for various charities to meet the need. In the course of this effort, Daily Kos readers compiled a list of charities acting in Haiti. In addition to the links here, several media outlets have created lists of organizations, organized by need. You can find them at: The Rachel Maddow Show website, Reuters AlertNet, and CNN.
Before you give
It has been suggested, and wisely so, to do your research before donating. The Charity Navigator tool is a useful resource for this purpose. For those not familiar, Charity Navigator evaluates and rates charities according to their financial responsibility and sustainability. Their homepage now lists comprehensive information the major organizations on the ground in Haiti now. (h/t DeepHarm and deb s) An additional resource for researching charities is the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance site.
There have been a number of misunderstood messages, rumors, or outright hoaxes circulated. If something sounds "too good to be true" or you have questions about it, Snopes has a Haiti page to verify or debunk them.Unfortunately, there are also going to be people who are going to try to take advantage of the outpouring of generosity in this disaster. This article on MSNBC, reminds us to be careful:
The FBI, Better Business Bureau and software security companies Wednesday all warned Internet users to exercise caution before opening their wallets to organizations claiming to be charities that will send financial assistance to Haiti. "Apply a critical eye," said the FBI in a statement, and do "due diligence before responding to those requests."
Center for International Disaster Information has information on the humanitarian disaster, with links. There's an answer to the questions as to whether or not to give donations of goods. For the public, the answer is no, cash is better. (h/t dibsa)
Disasters Emergency Committee is the umbrella group for Great Britain, which the British government is asking their citizens to donate to. (h/t NY brit expat)
Pan-American Relief PADF is the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States' Pan-American Development Fund. It has more than 150 people working Haiti on economic development, disaster mitigation and protecting human rights. PADF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C.
UNICEF has an existing presence in Haiti, and is soliciting donations for its aid efforts. Additionally, Coinstar has set up a program for people to donate their loose change to UNICEF. To make a donation, consumers simply take their coin jar to one of more than 15,000 participating locations, select the "donate" option from the menu and choose The U.S. Fund for UNICEF, special code 5556. Donors receive a tax receipt for the full amount of their donation and funds are transferred to UNICEF within 48 hour. (Updated 1/22/10 h/t mydailydrunk)
USAID United States Agency for International Development is one of the lead agencies for the US Government.
U.S. State Department Americans seeking info on family members in Haiti, call 888-407-4747. An e-mail address has been set up as well, along with information for making inquiries. Please check the State Department's site for the proper information.
Aid Agencies Providing General Disaster Relief
AARP Foundation's matching gift program: has been exhausted, but they are still covering all administrative costs so that 100% of your donation will find its way to helping people. Donations made through this link end up in the hands of HelpAge USA. Normally it is best to give directly to your charity, but it's obvious in this case that HelpAge USA welcomes AARP's assistance
Can-Do.org is intensely dedicated to working on the local level to provide lasting solutions to some of the world’s most critical issues, from environmental degradation to natural disasters, humanitarian crises to educational inequity. Their donation page is here.
CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations. They were already in Haiti, and CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund Through the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, we will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. We will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families. Donations can be made here.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is of course a standby of emergency response throughout the world. Though the American Red Cross took a hit for administrative costs in the wake of Katrina, few NGOs have the reach or the resources of the ICRC.
Oxfam International provides assistance to victims of emergencies and ongoing disasters throughout the world. They are mobilizing to provide emergency assistance to victims in Haiti, and your donations will also help people in places like Darfur as well. This is the direct link to support Oxfam's Haiti relief effort. Update: Dallasdoc in the comments tells us that a BBC report says that Oxfam will be focusing on clean water and sanitation--clean water will, obviously, be one of the most important needs. JekyllnHyde shares an e-mail from Al Gore in support of Oxfam. Another way to support Oxfam is through Care2's "Click to donate" program. Clicking on their link will generate a donation from their sponsors. One click per day.
Pure Water For The World already has a presence in Haiti and is partnered with USAID to provide clean drinking water to the people of Haiti. (h/t parryander)
Save The Children has been working in Haiti since 1985. It has provided emergency relief and assistance to Haitian children and families following various recent disasters, including hurricanes and floods, and they are once again mobilizing.
ShelterBox USA, which provides prepackaged shelter. TexMex is coordinating an impressive effort to drive donations to ShelterBox. As of posting, the number of ShelterBoxes purchased by Kossacks is 132 and counting]! (Updated 4/23/10)
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from individuals and the warehouses of footwear companies and distributes them to people in need (while also helping the environment). (h/t Cedwyn)
TÉLÉCOMS SANS FRONTIÈRES. Communications infrastructure has been completely destroyed and helping to bring that back online will be a huge help to recovery efforts and to allow Haitians to get in touch with family they may have elsewhere in the world. (h/t yg17)
Veterans Of Foreign Wars is taking donations for assisting in humanitarian efforts in Haiti by providing U.S. service members — with relatives currently located in Haiti — with the funds necessary to purchase airline tickets to the devastated island, so that they may locate, assist or make burial arrangements for relatives affected by the recent earthquake. Funds also may be used to help provide sustenance or other necessities to sustain life.
Zanmi Lakay is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for current and former street children in Haiti by providing educational and economic opportunities and resources to help these children while they are on the streets and to help build a life for them off the streets. A Pacifica-based photographer who has been working in Haiti for years is planning to return next week, so donations will go straight to those who need it.
Agencies Providing Medical Aid Only
AmeriCares Their donation page is here. AmeriCares restores health and saves lives by delivering donated medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to people in need around the world and here at home.
The California Nurses Association has called for volunteers. Another good link is the National Nurses United In addition: * @NationalNurses on twitter or by following: #haitiRN * Call the RNRN hotline: 1-800-578-8225 * Support the RNRN/NNU disaster relief effort in Haiti by donating at Send A Nurse or by sending checks c/o California Nurses Foundation, 2000 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612. Charitable contributions will be used to pay for travel/related costs and medical supplies for volunteer RNs on their emergency nursing mission in Haiti. (h/t Valadon)
Circle of Health International based in Bolton, MA, seeks "to build the capacity of women's health care providers in crisis settings" has a medical and health needs assessment team on the ground. In addition to funds, they need donations of a long list of specific medical supplies.
Direct Relief International sent a 40-foot container of ongoing aid the day of the earthquake. Direct Relief works with Partners in Health (see below) and their efforts will concentrate on rebuilding hospital infrastructure. h/t Dallasdoc for update.
Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) is an international group of medical professionals who work in chronically underserved countries, emergency sites and refugee camps around the world. Here is the latest news of their work in Haiti from their site, MSF Teams Set up Clinics to Treat Injured After Facilities Are Damaged. ***Update (h/t NY brit expat) Inability to get new staff and supplies a serious problem.
Handicap International Has approximately 20 expatriate staff and 130 Haitian colleagues are now involved in Handicap International's emergency response operations in Haiti, which includes caring for the injured, postoperative rehabilitation, the fitting of artificial limbs and the distribution of humanitarian aid and temporary shelters.
Healing Hands for Haiti (a physical rehab and prosthetics organization based in Port au Prince), Lamp for Haiti, and a group that umbrellas several projects called Healing Haiti. parryander has personal experience with these groups, so I suggest checking out their comments.
The International Medical Corps. It is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Donations can be made here. (h/t glassbeadgame)
International Planned Parenthood Federation whose affiliates in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are on the front lines states: PROFAMILIA, our Member Association in neighbouring Dominican Republic, has diverted its mobile clinics – operating from minibuses – to cross the border to Haiti.
MADRE is among other things, partnering with COHI, PIH, and the Zanmi Lasante Clinic, one of Haiti's largest nongovermental health care providers – and the only clinic that delivers comprehensive primary care, regardless of people's ability to pay. The clinic also has a mobile health care unit, which provides high-quality health care for women and girls who are unable to travel to the clinic itself.Partners in Health has now started a BLOG about its efforts called Stand with Haiti. It has very useful information. Partners in Health is also putting out a call for health volunteers, in case you are a medical professional who can help out that way:
We are deeply grateful for the multitude of people who have contacted us wanting to provide medical assistance. As patients flood to our sites from Port-au-Prince, we're finding ourselves in need of both medical personnel and supplies. In particular, we need surgeons (especially trauma/orthopedic surgeons), ER doctors and nurses, and full surgical teams (including anesthesiologists, scrub and post-op nurses, and nurse anesthetists). If you are a health professional interested in volunteering, please send an email to email@example.com with information on:
As phone lines in Haiti remain down and transportation and communication are difficult, PIH is still in the process of determining where we can set up operations in Port-au-Prince, and how we can transport patients and volunteers to our sites. We will be able to offer more concrete information after these logistical matters are resolved. Once again, thank you for your support. Kenbe fèm.
- Your credentials
- Language capabilities (Haitian Creole or French desired)
- Overseas experience (if any)
- Any prior experience in emergency/post-disaster relief efforts
- Contact information
Physicians for Peace was founded in 1989, dedicated to the ideal that health care in the developing world can best be improved by providing training and education to health care professionals in those countries. They are currently in Haiti, and getting ready for long-term work on rehabilitation and recovery for amputees and handicapped people in Haiti.
Portlight Strategies is gearing up to help Haitians with disabilities in the wake of the disaster.
Project HOPE is one of the oldest medical relief organizations. They currently have people in Haiti working together with the USNS Comfort, as well as on the ground working to deliver medical aid. Their donation page is here.
I know there is extensive damage at our new hospital, that the perimeter walls of all three of our Tabarre programs have fallen. I know there is damage to the hospital walls
Whirlwind Wheelchair International provides rugged wheelchairs that are suitable for off-pavement use.
Other Efforts And Organizations Providing Aid to Animals
Facebook Group Earthquake Haiti (h/t BCO Gal)
Aid for Animals:
Best Friends Animal Society The earthquake in Haiti was devastating to humans and animals alike. But today, you can help. 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help animals suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake. Best Friends is a part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), and your support will provide food, water, rabies vaccinations, safety and more for countless animals.
Humane Society International, (h/t Mr. Rick)
United Animal Nations. (h/t cany)
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) (h/t triciawyse)
Long-term Development and Recovery NGO's
Architecture for Humanity is going to be primarily working in the reconstruction phase of post disaster situations and will be focused on transitional and permanent housing and community structures. We are partnering with AIDG, Yele Haiti and other local group by supplying them pro bono construction and design professionals, setting up community housing resource centers and support in the design and building of earthquake resistant structures.
Crisis Commons is organizing for Crisis Camp Haiti. CrisisCommons brings together domain experts, developers, and first responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief.
FINCA International is a microfinance organization whose mission is to provide financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. They have a presence in Haiti already and are taking donations for relief. (h/t calNM)Fonkoze, a micro-lending organization in Haiti. From their Web site:
Fonkoze is Haiti's Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor. We are the largest micro-finance institution offering a full range of financial services to the rural-based poor in Haiti. Fonkoze is committed to the economic and social improvement of the people and communities of Haiti and to the reduction of poverty in the country.According to their Web site, their offices have taken quite a hit. This is another one in the category of long-term rebuilding. (h/t parryander and dizzydean)
Grace International is currently doing relief work in Haiti, and plans are to build a hospital and orphanage for the orphans they are currently caring for. (h/t Richard Cranium)
Haiti Emergency Relief Foundation Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators and human rights activists, support committees for political prisoners, and agricultural cooperatives – are funneling needed aid to those most hit by the earthquake. They are doing what they can – with the most limited of funds – to make a difference.
Heifer International. Though not first responders, this group does long term infrastructural work. HI currently has 16 projects under way with more than 16,000 families and several farmer associations. The projects in Haiti, which are scattered around the country, with none close to Port-au-Prince, range from training in sustainable farming and crop diversity to gifts of livestock, seeds, trees and grains to training in nutrition, aquaculture and fish production. (h/t PrometheusUnbound)
Another organization, The Honor and Respect Foundation[, was described in a story on Narconews, called Getting Help to Haiti. The foundation was created by journalist Reed Lindsay, who is now Telsur's D.C. Bureau Chief, for children who couldn't get into other schools. Their website says that it "seeks to establish funds in support of several specific programs carried out by grassroots groups in the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince." I have a phone number for a contact there and will get direct information tonight.
The International Foundation for the Physically Disabled works to provide support for the physically disabled. They are putting together a team to go to Haiti later this year and assist in manufacturing and fitting orthotics and prosthetics. We will be working on the ground with HEALING HANDS FOR HAITI. Their donation page is here.
The Lambi Fund, a secular non-profit nonprofit whose mission is "to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti. Its goal is to help strengthen civil society as a necessary foundation of democracy and development. The fund channels financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people." They support "projects that embrace the following principles: non-violent, non-partisan, community-based, promoting the advancement of women, using education and training for empowerment, and promoting the overall democratic movement."
L'Athletique D'Haiti "While many children and parents see the club as a way to make it to the Haitian National team and also as a route ?to college scholarships or professional teams outside of Haiti, there’s more to the program than sports. By encouraging youngsters from wealthier families to compete with those from the slums, Robert Duval is also chipping away at the barriers of long divided Haitian society. And as Duval points out, ‘Some of these kids have a lot of talent, not only for soccer. Maybe it’s school or music or writing poetry. But sports will lift them to the next level of life.’" ?- Finbar O’Reilly, National Post, Canada (h/t parryander)
Reiser Relief is a charity started by my friend Father Reiser - it funds our water truck, pays teachers salaries, feeds kids, and it supports orphanages and homes for the elderly and women. (h/t Parryander)
ReliefWeb is collecting information for use in planning long-term recovery efforts in Haiti (h/t Mokurai)
The Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation. Restaveks are child slaves. This is an organization for children run by a Haitian man who is a former child slave.
SOIL is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. Their team in Haiti is currently involved in disaster relief, but they will continue their work for the long term. SOIL has decided to devote 100% of all donations that come in the next month to disaster relief.
Stand With Haiti works with PIH. Since 2006, PIH has been working in partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) to provide solar power to hospitals in Rwanda, Lesotho, and most recently, in Haiti. (h/t allie123)
Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle's community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005. Cell carriers will send on a $5 donation on your account if you text YELE to 501501. Updated 03/13/10: Serious questions have arisen about this charity in addition to some previous concerns. It is being left in the links for now, but you will want to proceed with caution. (Norbrook)
Religious Groups Providing Aid
A number of faith groups are now on the ground in Haiti:
The Quakers' American Friends Service Committee, with its stellar track record of aid. (h/t LNK)
American Jewish World Service Haiti Relief. (h/t The YENTA Of The Opera)
Church World Service. "Church World Service represents 35 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations based in the U.S. working together because our faith calls us to help all who are in need – anyone." (h/t Frederick Clarkson)
Convoy of Hope a nonprofit that networks with churches in the community where need exists. Provides necessities like food and water. Has Charity Navigator's highest rating year after year and was already in Haiti when the earthquake struck. (h/t DeepHarm)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is also collecting donations, and will use 100% of the donations for relief. (h/t ecologist)
IMA World Health, which is a faith based nonprofit organization that provides health care services and supplies. (h/t leevank)
International Orthodox Christian Charities. "IOCC in the spirit of Christ's love offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthen the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond." (h/t Pam from Calif)
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, which has started a Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund. According to the website, 100% of funds collected will go to aid - JUF will absorb all administrative costs. (h/t Sister Havana)
Little by Little, (h/t Dan in Illinois)
The Mennonite Central Committee, a relief-and-development organization with staff currently in Haiti. (h/t AnnieJo)
Mission's Door which has facilities and operations in Haiti. If interested they have a donation page here, if you want donations to go to Haiti click "Haiti Earthquake Relief Project." (h/t Abraham Running For Congress When I Turn 25)
The Salvation Army, who already has people on the ground in Haiti. (h/t Catte Nappe)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is also taking donations. "UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies." (h/t antimony)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief which uses 100% of donations for relief. (h/t drmah)
United Methodist Women is a major mainline Chrisian organization with, among other things, longterm partner relationships with on the ground organizaitons in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
In the urgency of the moment, recovery funding can bypass grassroots women who are critical long-term partners to the success of relief efforts. Our support of local women’s organizations can help them be at the table when recovery efforts are being planned.
Water Missions International is a Christian group dedicated to providing safe drinking water to people in undeveloped countries and disaster areas. They have teams in Haiti, and you can donate to them here.
World Vision, where you can also sponsor a Haitian child under their care. (h/t cybernun)
TEXT a Donation
This is a quick, easy way to donate; the donations are simply added to your cell phone bill, and the amounts are small and possibly a more affordable option for many. NPR did a story on donating via text—the Red Cross alone reports over $4.7 million dollars in text message donations for Haitian relief thus far! Here's a list of ways to donate via text, from betson08, with updates by thebluecrayon and sardonyx (note that some amounts have just increased from $5 to $10!), and now alphabetized by organization:
- Text AJWS to 25383 to donate $10 to American Jewish World Service
- Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
- Text LIVE to 25383 to donate $10 to AmeriCares
- Text CARE to 25383 to donate $10 to CARE
- Text QUAKE to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
- Text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10 to The Clinton Foundation.
- Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International.
- Text HABITAT to 25383 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity
- Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps.
- Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee.
- Text OXFAM to 25383 to donate $10 to Oxfam's Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.
- Text HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. You can do it up to three times (no need to send STOP message)
- Text SAVE to 20222 to donate $10 to the Save the Children Federation
- Text SUPPORT SHELTER to 20222 to donate $10 to ShelterBox.
- Text SHELTERBOX to 56512 to send more money to ShelterBox (you will get a phone call back asking for amount and credit card info).
- Text UNICEF to 20222 to donate $10 to UNICEF
- Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation.
- Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way.
- Text WORLD to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision
- Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Foundation, founded by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean. NOTE: Please see warnings about this charity
- Text HAITI to 501501 to donate $10 to the Yéle Haiti Foundation. NOTE: Please see warnings about this charity
A longer list of organizations and their texting information is at the Mobile Giving Foundation's Haiti page. Some of the information above was obtained from that page.
Note: Someone mentioned texting the word "STOP" after sending a text donation to avoid a recurring fee on your cell phone bill--however, I don't know if anyone has confirmed whether this is necessary in all cases. Keep it in mind if you text donations.
If you have iTunes, Apple has a link set up where you can donate $10 to $100 dollars instantly. (h/t Brainwrap)
Other news and diariesThis social network fundraising effort is attracting the attention of other media. The Dallas Morning News contacted Dallasdoc:
Tonight I had a conversation with a reporter from the Dallas Morning News, who noted our efforts to raise money for the victims in Haiti and emailed me because of my screenname. I had a long chat with him in which I extolled the good heart and caring nature of the people in this community. "We are liberals and progressives, we are interested in politics because we care about people," I told him. I described how this community responded to a simple appeal with incredible energy and self-sacrificing generosity, and that after five years here I had expected no less of us. He was impressed, and is working on an article about how new media and social networking sites are mobilizing to help the Haitians. He got the idea for that article from us.
There are two excellent liveblogs by mindoca: This is the first one and this is the second. If you need more specific information, these are a great place to start. mindoca has spent time in Haiti and offers a true first-hand view of disaster relief and Haiti itself.
By dharmafarmer, a photo diary on relief efforts.
parryander has also spent time in Haiti, working with Healing Haiti. She shares her experiences here in this diary with photos.
VA gentlewoman has a diary about the infrastructure details for Haiti.
Frederick Clarkson discusses woman's health issues in Haiti, now and in the future, and links to many organizations that are working in Haiti on these problems.
FishOutofWater takes a moment to explore the benefits of Partners in Health's commitment to solar powered health centers.
Meteor Blades points the way to a better and sustainable future for Haitians in Haiti Could Use a New Deal.
As the MSM (in the United States) turns attention away from Haiti, Deoliver47 reminds us that things are not suddenly all better: Raining Disease and More Deaths.
All diaries by Bev Bell. She is the author of Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance, has worked with Haitian social movements for more than 30 years, and appears to have joined Daily Kos for the sole purpose of sharing that experience with us.