Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Relief - Donate Now

A massive 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. 3 million people have been affected by the quake and its aftermath. Reports estimate that over 70,000 thousand people may be dead and 1.5 million left homeless. Nearly all of Port-au-Prince is either damaged or destroyed, including much needed hospitals and facilities to house the injured. Emergency supplies such as food, water, medical supplies and clothing are desperately needed. The organizations below need your help now to be able to provide assistance in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

To ensure your contribution goes to Haiti relief funds, please remember to designate your gift to "Haiti Earthquake".

Organizations Working on Haiti Earthquake Relief:

*Charitable Deduction in 2009 for Haiti Relief Note: The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4462 on 1/20/10. This legislation would allow individuals who make charitable contributions to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim an itemized charitable deduction on their 2009 tax return instead of having to wait until next year to claim these deductions on their 2010 tax return. The legislation also includes a provision allowing those who text messaged a donation the ability to use a phone bill as proof of donation. Access the full announcement from the Committee on Ways & Means here.

*In-Kind Donations Note: If you are interested in donating physical items like clothing or supplies, please contact nonprofits that accept in-kind donations like the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries International. At this time, cash donations are most needed so organizations can purchase the exact supplies necessary for emergency response.

*Adoption Note: As in any disaster of this magnitude, the children who may have been orphaned because of the earthquake would not become available for international adoption for at least 1-2 years to allow time to be reunited with their displaced family members. If you are interested in adopting Haitian orphans, please consult these resources:

*Animal Rescue in Haiti Note:
The animal victims of this disaster will desperately need help too, and animal welfare groups are joining forces to come to their aid.
(Click on the links below to donate.)

Action Against Hunger

Tackling malnutrition and providing clean water to vulnerable communities.

Action Aid USA

Working on emergency aid and longterm rebuilding efforts.

ADRA International: Adventist Development and Relief Agency

ADRA providing medical help & supplies, water sanitation and food to Haiti.

America Continental 2000

Collecting donations at our warehouse in Delray Beach, Florida and working with the community around and volunteers provided by

American Jewish World Service

Enabling network of grantees to meet the urgent needs of the population.

American Red Cross

Seeing to needs for food, water, shelter, medical services and support.

American Refugee Committee

The American Refugee Committee works with refugee communities in 7 countries around the world and conducts disaster relief, helping people regain control of their lives. Our unique focus will be on long-term relief, reconstruction, and recovery services for Haitians.


Working with partners to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Architecture for Humanity

Helping to rebuild affected areas and promote earthquake resistant housing.

Be-Whole Incorporated

We operate several programs in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY, so we are in contact with Haitian americans with family in Haiti. We provide services to the community by serving and giving good to needy families.

Bless the Children

Bless the Children has mobilized volunteers for disaster relief efforts for Haiti. With donated funds we are providing medical support, food, water and family care packages.

Build Change

Designing sustainable, culturally appropriate earthquake-resistance housing and working with local builders and homeowners on implementation.

CARE Deploying response teams to distribute food and provide immediate aid.

Catholic Relief Services

Providing emergency relief and community development.

CDC Foundation

Teams from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are on the ground in Haiti and have identified critical supplies and equipment needed to address the growing public health crisis - items that CDC cannot purchase quickly through normal government channels. CDC is also beginning to outline long-term needs for helping Haiti rebuild its public health system.

Children's Feeding Network

We are rushing food, water and medical supplies to multiple orphanages in Haiti throughout the Island, and will be sending teams for phase 2 repairs in the near future.

Children's International Lifeline

Aiding Haiti with medical help, food, water, shelter to the earthquake refugees. Rebuilding homes for years to come.

Children's Nutritional Program of Haiti

The on-site offices and residences of CNP have been flattened. The hospital has been severely damaged and is not safe to use. We will partner with Save the Children and other organizations experienced with severe natural disasters to create an effective recovery program. An emergency medical team will provide emergency medical care with a small field hospital in Leogane.

Church World Service

Sending funds to local partners in Haiti. CWS-supported efforts will include the construction of temporary water systems, providing water purification materials, tents and food packages.

Clinton Foundation

Concern Worldwide

Mounting a comprehensive response to this crisis. Aid stocks on the ground are being distributed and more supplies are being flown in. We have committed, resilient teams reaching people with desperately needed aid.

Convoy of Hope

Establishing an emergency command center to distribute aid.

Crisis Recovery International

Crisis Recover International begins work at disasters during the recovery phase. We work with local organizations and provide assistance so that they can empower residents in their community to establish individual ability to be self-supporting as they recover from the disaster.

Cross International

Aiding with food and medical care.

Direct Relief International

Allocating up to $1 million in aid committed for earthquake response.

Doctors without Borders

Treating the injured and setting up replacement clinics in tents.

Double Harvest

Our 200 acre property comprises a large farm, greenhouses, fish project, medical/surgical clinic and a school.

Episcopal Relief & Development

Sending funds to Diocese of Haiti to provide essentials including food and water; working with Diocese of Dominican Republic to coordinate relief efforts and assist refugees.

FAME (Fellowship of Associates for Medical Evangelism)

From our warehouse in Indianapolis we plan to ship multiple containers to Haiti when the time is right. Provide funding for the reconstruction of medical facilities in Haiti.

Feed My Starving Children

We have worked with mission partners in Haiti for more than 10 years, and we currently hold close partnerships with nearly 200 Haiti-based programs. With your support, we will produce an additional 5 million meals for Haiti relief by March 1.

FINCA International

FINCA will remain in Haiti, as we have done for the past 20 years, providing hope and life-changing loans to some of the world’s poorest people.

Food for the Poor

Administering support and distributing supplies from it's warehouse facilities in Haiti. Dedicated to long-term relief efforts.

Freedom from Hunger

Freedom from Hunger is raising money to enable ACLAM (Action Contre La Misère) to rebuild capacity to act quickly to support the relief and recovery of the women, families and communities ACLAM has been serving.

Friends of the Orphans

Providing immediate medical aid for those injured in the earthquake at our hospital, St. Damien; providing funeral and burial services.

Global Giving

Directing funds to aid and development projects on the ground.

Glow Ministries

Providing financial assistance to help maintain primary schools, feeding programs, orphan and widow support as well as relief and development projects in Haiti.

Grameen Foundation

Helping quake survivors rebuild their businesses and lives through small loans.

Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministry

We are providing direct relief in Haiti. We have been working in the country since the year 2001.

Haitian Health Foundation

Providing health care, development, relief, and hope to the poor.

Haitian Ministries

Seeing to immediate aid needs.

Habitat for Humanity International

Addressing shelter solutions for low-income families affected by the Haiti earthquake.

Heifer Project International

Hope For Haiti

Working to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people.

Hope for Haiti's Children

Delivering medical supplies, food and water. The organization has been in Haiti since 1995 sponsoring children to go to school.

HUP Helping Haiti Foundation

Will concentrate rebuilding efforts (schools, commerce, housing, etc).


Direct relief is underway and will continue for years, as in Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike.

International Action

Providing clean water, restoring water tanks, and giving drinking water to tens of thousands of people.

International Medical Corps

Providing medical care and other emergency services.

International Orthodox Christian Charities

Response team is coordinating with partners to provide relief.

International Relief and Development

IRD's relief team brought two truckloads of water, and will meet more than $5 million worth of commodities that have been sent to Port-au-Prince. IRD distribute medical supplies, medicines, rehydration salts, solar-powered lights, water purifiers, hygiene kits, and other basic humanitarian aid.

International Rescue Committee

Providing emergency relief and aid services.

Konbit Pou Ayiti/KONPAY

Coordinating a response by NGOs with decades of Haiti experience to make a rapid and strategic intervention.

Lambi Fund of Haiti

The fund channels financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.

Lions Clubs International Foundation

Using donated funds, Lions are purchasing supplies locally, such as water, food, medicine and blankets.

Lutheran World Relief

LWR has committed an initial $1,000,000 to the relief effort. LWR is coordinating a two-phase relief and recovery response through our partners on the ground in Haiti.


Activating emergency response through partner Zanmi Lasante Clinic.

Mercy Corps

Deploying an emergency team to provide relief and assistance.

Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) USA

Merlin's emergency response team is working with Haitians and other international agencies to meet the most urgent needs: water, sanitation, shelter, disease prevention and restoration of basic health services.

Medical Missionaries

Sending medical/surgical teams, supplies, food & clothing. We have a clinic in Haiti, along with trucks for transporting teams/supplies.

Mission Aviation Fellowship

MAF staff coordinate with government and NGOs to fly to remote airstrips delivering supplies and aid.

Mission Lifeline (Children's International Lifeline)

Aiding Haiti with medical help, food, water, shelter to the earthquake refugees. Rebuilding homes for years to come.

National Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul

Sending aid and supplies to network in Haiti for immediate relief.

Operation Rainbow
The first team arrived on Jan 17 and did triage and basic emergency care; the second team did external fixation, caring for the wounded and organizing evacuations to more suitable hospitals. The third team was able to do surgeries as the Xray had arrived. The team going on Feb 20 will follow up with internal fixation and patient care.

Operation USA

Sending medical team and supplies for immediate relief.

Oxfam America

Mobilizing a public health, water and sanitation team and supplies.

PADF: PanAmerican Development Foundation

PADF, the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States, has more than 150 people working Haiti on economic development, disaster mitigation and protecting human rights.

Partners in Health

Providing community-based healthcare and assistance.

Plan International USA

Currently working with children to help them overcome the trauma of the earthquake. So far 250 children have taken part in Plan’s therapeutic games clubs, which provide them with a break from the misery of life on the rubble strewn streets.

Project Hope

Preparing medical disaster relief shipment and soliciting corporate medical donations.

Pure Water for the World

Providing clean water, installing filters, and setting up secure water filtration centers in earthquake stricken villages in Haiti. Now more than ever, the need for clean water is great.

Real Hope for Haiti

Currently housing 60 malnourished children. The organization has treated many people at its clinic, and one missionary is assisting at a mobile clinic in Haiti.

Reiser Relief

Haiti has been the main mission for Reiser Relief Inc. since 1996, we are responding with financial aid and the short and long term relief is providing the essential services to aid in day-to-day survival, water, food, medical supplies

Salesian Missions

Providing education, food, shelter and hope to the world’s poorest children.

Salvation Army

Operating schools, clinics, hospitals, food programs, children's homes.

Samaritans Purse

Samaritan’s Purse teams are working with a network of pastors to distribute critically-needed relief supplies for victims of the massive earthquake that rocked Haiti last week.

Save the Children

Sending teams to help support the emergency response.

Seton Institute

The Seton Institute, the international outreach arm of Ascension Health, is undertaking relief efforts to meet the immediate needs in Haiti and provide ongoing assistance as the nation recovers from this tragedy.


ShelterBox has established three separate operational centers in and around Haiti to help distribute assistance to the estimated one million people left homeless by the devastating 12 January earthquake.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Collecting health kits to send and working with staff on the ground to provide assistance.


Preparing long-term poverty solutions in health care, education, sanitation.

United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide’s members in the Caribbean region have mobilized their staff, volunteer leaders, partners and resources in response to this disaster, and will help to determine the most pressing long-term recovery needs, such as access to health care, rebuilding schools and housing, and meeting critical basic needs for shelter, food and clothing.

VIDA: Volunteers for InterAmerican Development Assistance

Providing medical supplies to the hospitals in Haiti.

Water Missions International

We are delivering, installing, and training people to operate Living Water Treatment Systems (TM), which filter and purify 10 gallons of water a minute. Systems are being installed at orphanages, missions, refugee camps, and other places where survivors are fleeing from the city.

World Concern

Providing emergency survival kits for families that includes medicine, clean water, food, blankets, plastic sheeting and clothing.

World Food Programme

Providing emergency food assistance and longterm development.

World Hope International

Mobilizing its 60-strong Haitian staff and community volunteers to respond with food, safe water, cooking fuel and other basic supplies as available. As the work of first responders ebbs, WHI will expand its response by mobilizing U.S. volunteers to assist the Haitian staff and communities in clean-up and rebuilding.

World Vision Int'l

Providing emergency relief services.

Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean)

Building awareness, programs in education, sports, arts, environment.

Volunteer Information:

Due to current dangerous conditions in Haiti, please do not travel to the areas affected by the earthquake without explicit instructions from a qualified emergency response organization. Volunteer opportunities in Haiti will become available after the initial emergency response when the situation stabilizes so rebuilding efforts can progress.

Organizations with offices in the U.S. will likely need volunteers to help with fundraisers and community events, provide office support or to organize supplies pre-deployment. You can search for volunteer opportunities here ( CNN also has a listing of relief organization taking applications for volunteers here (