Please click on the links below to learn more about the disaster in Haiti and to support vital relief efforts.
The U.S. State Department Operations Center set up the following number for Americans seeking information about relatives in Haiti: (888) 407-4747. The department cautioned that because of heavy volume, some callers may hear a recording. The State Department said those interested in helping immediately may text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be made automatically to the Red Cross for relief efforts. The donation will be charged to your cellphone bill.
Alert: Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert (fbi.gov website)
Action Against Hunger: An international humanitarian organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children while providing families with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. Website
American Red Cross : Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of more than 700 chapters and 900 Blood Services regions, now broken up into 9 divisions, dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Website
Direct Relief International : Non-political, non-sectarian organization that “provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, gender, or ability to pay.” Website
Doctors without Borders : Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. Website
Habitat for Humanity : An international, liberal, ecumenical Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing. Website
International Medical Corps : A global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Text "HAITI" to 85944 and $10 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief efforts. Website
International Rescue Comittee : The IRC provides relief, respect and renewal to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world. Website
MAP International : MAP International provides essential medicines for poor countries, medical aid when disasters strike, community health education in poor communities and disease prevention. Website
Operation USA : Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $350 million for relief and development projects. Website
Oxfam : A group of non-governmental organizations from three continents working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice. Website
Partners In Health: Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Website
Yele Haiti: A grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country. 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. Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization. Website
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