Haiti is suffering from the massive Jan 12 earthquake and needs our help. Below I've posted some first-hand accounts of the quake from people in Haiti. Please consider a donation to an organization in Haiti. If you would like to give directly to a Haitian family, please contact me (anna.versluis@gmail.com).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

How to help: International organizations

There are many international organizations doing great work in Haiti. If you’d like to donate to an international organization, here are some possibilites:

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): MCC is a leader in service and relief work throughout the world. They are highly respected and have a long history of working in Haiti through partnerships with Haitian-run organizations. It was thanks to MCC that I was able to work at RNDDH (above). They are my default organization to give to when a disaster hits.

Lutheran World Federation: They work thoughout the world, and are very active in Haiti.

Catholic Relief Services: Another well respected, international church-based organization.

Partners in Health: If you’ve read Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains, then you know about this organization started by Dr. Paul Farmer.

Doctors Without Borders: Be like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and give $1 million to this organization!

The Red Cross: I bet you’ve heard of them.

UNICEF: The branch of the UN focusing specifically on children.

I’m sure I have forgotten many great organizations, but since there are about 10,000 non-profit organizations working in Haiti, I’d better stop here.


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