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Relief Efforts

Here’s a list of established and well-reputed organizations that are supporting relief efforts — donate if you can and/or share this list. They also have news reports about what they are doing on the ground:

Lambi Fund of Haiti: (a grassroots organization who works with community organizations in Haiti) – Donate via text by texting: “send $20 to” to PAYPAL (729-725) using paypal mobile…send any $ amt now!

“Recovery extends beyond relief” – they are focusing on the long term and focusing on how to help re-build Haiti from within – helping people who need it the most.

Yele Haiti (a movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti. Projects are designed to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment and community development.) – Donate via text: Text ‘Yele’ to 501501 and make a $5 contribution to the relief effort.

They have an up-to-date news blog with what Yele is doing in Haiti day by day to help people and get relief aid into communities. They are also discussing some of the towns and cities near Port-Au- Prince that haven’t gotten as much attention – like Jacmel.

Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante) (Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti are working to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the relief efforts taking shape, and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field.) They have worked for over 20 year in Haiti with Haitian doctors and health care workers.

International Action Center – they have a campaign against the militarization of aid in Haiti: “Food not Troops” – sign the petition! – and read their statement of solidarity with Haiti calling for debt cancellation, and self determination for Haiti, not military occupation.

Doctors without Borders (The first reports are now emerging from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams who were already working on medical projects Haiti. They are treating hundreds of people injured in the quake and have been setting up clinics in tents to replace their own damaged medical facilities.)

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (Since its inception in March 2004, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund has given concrete aid to Haiti’s grassroots democratic movement. They are calling for help – to contribute generously, not only for this immediate crisis, but in order to support the long-run development of human rights, sustainable agriculture and economic justice in Haiti.)

Dwa Fanm (meaning “Women’s Rights” in Creole) is a human rights organization started in 1999 by Haitian and American women who share a commitment to women’s rights as well as to social and legal equality, justice, peace and democracy. Dwa Fanm has activated an emergency response in collaboration with the Brooklyn Tabernacle to send doctors, nurses and community health workers to bring medical assistance and supplies to areas in Haiti that have been hardest hit.

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) was founded by Haitian women in 1992 to respond to the refugee crisis faced by Haitian immigrants in the U.S. and Guantanamo Bay. HWHR has worked to provide solidarity and relief to past humanitaritan crisis in Haiti, including past flood disaster relief for Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and provides cultural programs that include popular education and community organizing. HWHR, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women are organizing an immediate delivery of first aid relief to the Dominican/Haitian border, to quickly reach affected areas. Donations are being accepted through Pastors for Peace at –

Here is a list of local efforts organized in the Bahamas since the earthquake. This list is in progress and links will be added later (if you know of any other local relief efforts, please add through comments and we will add them to the page).

LOCAL EFFORTS in The Bahamas

  • Red Cross accepting non-perishable foods, water, blankets, sheets, towels, cots, clothing and packing boxes
  • Salvation Army looking for medical personnel and accepting donations of goods and money
  • New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) organizing mission trip and working through their connections in Haiti and Dominican Republic; accepting donations of money
  • Christian Council overseeing and coordinating relief and maintaining contact with churches in Haiti to ascertain needs
  • Grand Bahama Haitian Bahamian Society accepting donations through Jetta Baptiste’s Multi-Service Centre, Freeport
  • Haitian Embassy has opened up an account through Royal Bank of Canada
  • Rotary Clubs in Bahamas already sent in supply flights
  • Methodist churches in The Bahamas already have a team on the ground in Haiti to assist relief efforts
  • Bahamian government, through NEMA, is coordinating teams of doctors, counsellors and construction workers to go to Haiti in the days and weeks and months to come (in conjunction with CDEMA)
  • Bahamian government established a Haiti emergency assistance fund
  • CARICOM efforts in Haiti may to be coordinated from Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince, which was not damaged in the quake
  • Freeport and Nassau being used as ports of call for transshipments of goods to Haiti in conjunction with Florida
  • Massive relief efforts ongoing in Grand Bahama
  • Private pilots providing supply flights to Haiti
  • Sky Bahamas airline organizing relief assistance
  • Bahamas Society of Engineers working with Methodists to send assistance
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