Saturday, January 16, 2010

URLs for Haitian Relief Agencies

You may find this list of relief agencies useful, as you build links on your CommunityOS site to help the people of Haiti.  These are not listed in any particular order.

The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.

The American Red Cross is providing food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support, coordinated through the International Red Cross.

• The United Way has created a special Haitian relief fund, focused on long-term recovery and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.


Haitian Timoun Foundation directly supports children in Haiti, and is focusing attention on Jacmel, another community suffering greatly from the earthquake.

UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements.

Save The Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti to provide medical attention and clean water to children and families.

International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake.

Partners In Health reports that its temporary field hospital needs supplies, pain meds, bandages.

Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors.

• Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres is now asking donors to give to their general unrestricted fund.

Direct Reliefis committing up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations.

Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation and help people recover.

• The Baptist Haiti Mission is operating an 82-bed hospital that is "overflowing with injured."

International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake.

Catholic Relief Services made an immediate commitment of $5 million for emergency supplies. They are distributing food and relief supplies, and importing plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and water purification tablets.

• Give to the American Jewish World Service's Earthquake Relief Fund.

CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince to assist in recovery efforts. They're focusing their efforts on the health of children, distributing water sanitation tablets, food, hygiene kits and emergency healthcare.

Orphans International America reports that they have been able to make contact with their program director in the town of Jacmel, a city about 20 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince that houses OI's hospitals and schools.  You can contribute to them through PayPal.

The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti to deliver urgent assistance to earthquake survivors and to help overwhelmed local aid groups struggling to meet the immense emergency needs. They will focus on critical medical, water and sanitation assistance. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.

NetHope is coordinating its response with its NGO member agencies and with the UN's Emergency Telecom Cluster to establish connectivity in Haiti.

World Vision has more 370 staff in the country. Staff members from less-affected regions of Haiti are mobilizing, and World Vision's global experts are expected to arrive in the disaster zone as soon as possible.

The Jewish Federations of North America is partnering with the American Jewish Joint Distribution committee and have created a dedicated Haiti Relief page for online donations.

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the UN's humanitarian fund responding to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.

Friends of the Orphans will use donations to meet the needs of first responders such as first aid supplies, shipping of necessary materials to assist in efforts, and treating the injured. Those interested in helping the relief effort can visit www.friendsoftheorphans.org.

Merlin USA is sending an emergency response team out to the region and have subsequently launched an emergency appeal to bring urgent medical aid and assistance to those affected.

The Salvation Army has staff on the ground and already the organization has set aside $50,000 in direct aid to the country but the organization is in need of additional donations.

• The American Refugee Committee is sending a response team to provide water, sanitation, and shelter for earthquake survivors. Donate online or read about their volunteer opportunities.

AmeriCares has pledged $5 million in aid in the wake of the catastrophe and is sending an emergency shipment with $3 million worth of medicines and supplies for earthquake survivors.

Handicap International will provide care to those injured by the earthquake and its aftershocks, including support to hospitals for essential post-surgery and rehabilitation care, as well as emergency shelter, emergency basic needs and food distribution for at least 5,000 people initially.

Episcopal Relief & Development has committed to providing Haiti both long and short-term support in the wake of the disaster.


We will update this list as we learn more.

Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink, Inc.