As you know, the people of Haiti are currently working to recover from a horrible disaster. While Women for Women International’s mission does not include responding to natural disasters like this one on an organizational level, we do encourage our supporters and staff to act as individuals to support the people of Haiti in their time of need. Here are some ways to help:
1. Partners in Health and its partner organization Zanmi Lasante have worked in Haiti for nearly twenty-five years, and today is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country. Currently, the greatest need is financial support. PIH’s facilities are strategically placed just two hours outside of Port-au-Prince and will inevitably absorb the flow of patients out of the city. In addition, they need cash on-hand to quickly procure emergency medical supplies, basic living necessities, as well as transportation and logistics support for the tens of thousands of people that will be seeking care at mobile field hospitals in the capital city. Any and all support that will help PIH respond to the immediate needs and continue their mission of strengthening the public health system in Haiti is greatly appreciated. Help PIH stand up for Haiti now. They include a link to donate on their homepage: http://www.pih.org/home.html
2. The International Medical Corps specializes in emergency care and rebuilding. The organization has already deployed emergency medical teams and supplies to Haiti and will continue to do so as the local needs are more clearly assessed. The teams will provide health care, medical supplies, drugs, emergency shelter, and other essential relief items. Additionally, once the Emergency Phase has passed, International Medical Corps will stay to help rebuild the decimated health care system and provide training to bring health back to Haiti. Join them by contributing at www.imcworldwide.org.
3. Send an SMS message or text to Yele Haiti, a group that is led by entertainer and activist Wyclef Jean and you will contribute $5. Jean said in a statement: “I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.” Jean urged people on his Twitter account to help in the Haiti disaster relief effort by texting “Yele” to 501501. This donates $5 to the Yele Haiti Foundation, automatically charged to your cell phone bill.
4. Fill a Shoe Box for a Haitian child through Million for Haiti. Fill the box with the following: 1 travel toothpaste, 1 toothbrush, 4 granola type bars, 1 bottled water (16 oz.).
Mail your shoebox to:Million For Haiti 3500 American Blvd. #685 Minneapolis, MN 55431 USA
Every action helps. Every drop counts. That is how we can make a difference in this world.