Haiti earthquake: How to help

American Red Cross is taking contributions and has responders in Port-au-Prince providing water and first aid as well as finding lost loved ones and transporting the injured to health facilities. You can donate online or by texting the word "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.

Oxfam has an emergency team in the capital, Port-au-Prince, responding with public health, water, and sanitation services. You can donate online through its Haiti Earthquake Response Fund or by calling 1-800-77-OXFAM.

Partners In Health is taking contributions for relief efforts in Haiti, including medical supplies. The organization has had a presence in Haiti for more than 20 years, working to address the health care needs of the country's poor.

You can donate to The Salvation Army's efforts in Haiti by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visiting their Web site and designating that your donation is for the Haiti earthquake.

The U.N. World Food Program is accepting donations. Head of the WFP Josette Sheeran said the agency is deploying its resources in Haiti, including 86 metric tons of food. You can donate here.

Save the Children is responding with food, water and shelter, as well as establishing Child Friendly Spaces that give children a place to play and recover. Make donations online or by phone 1-800-728-3843.

National Nurses United has issued a call for nurse volunteers to provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

To donate to specific relief efforts in Haiti:
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Mercy Corps
International Red Cross
World Vision
Catholic Relief Services
International Medical Corps
Network for Good
Operation USA
Pan American Development Foundation
Operation Blessing International
Convoy of Hope
The Global Syndicate
Beyond Borders
Community Coalition for Haiti
International Orthodox Christian Charities
Baptist World Aid
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity
Action Against Hunger
Direct Relief International
B'nai B'rith International
Bright Hope
Hope for Haiti
American Jewish World Service
World Relief
American Friends Service Committee
Food for the Poor
CHF International
The Lambi Fund of Haiti
Islamic Relief USA
United Way Worldwide
International Organization for Migration
Food for the Hungry
Relief International
Episcopal Relief and Development
ShelterBox USA
Catholic Medical Mission Board
HANDICAP International
American Refugee Committee

The State Department has set up a hotline for Americans to inquire after family in Haiti: 888-407-4747.

There are several ways to donate via mobile device:

• Text the word "Haiti" to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

• Text the word "Haiti" to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee.

• Text the word "Haiti" to 864833 to donate $5 to United Way Worldwide's disaster fund.

• Text the word "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.

• Text the word "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of the Clinton Foundation.

• Text the word "SAVE" to 20222 (in the U.S. only) to donate $10 on behalf of Save the Children.

• Text the word "Haiti" to 45678 (in Canada only) to donate on behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada.

You can also find updated information and general ways to help during disasters at ReliefWeb, USAID and InterAction.

The FBI also warns donors to be alert to the potential for scams involving the earthquake. After a tsunami devastated Southeast Asia in 2004, many people lost money by donating to relief organizations that turned out to be fraudulent. The FBI offers several tips here.

The FBI has also established a toll free Haiti fraud line. Concerned individuals with allegations of fraud may call (866) 720-5721, fax (225) 334-4707 or e-mail disaster@leo.gov. The phone number and e-mail are overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Charity Navigator also has tips for funding relief efforts and choosing charities.

Please read the comments below for other organizations who are responding to the crisis:

January 12, 2010; 10:01 PM ET  | Category:  world
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The State Department also just announced this:

"For those interested in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill."


Posted by: bigsonj | January 12, 2010 10:38 PM

Catholic Relief Services is also responding to this disaster. Go to www.crs.org or donate directly at https://secure.crs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=3181&3181.donation=form1

Posted by: jrivera1 | January 12, 2010 11:05 PM

The first photos confirm that level of devastation that Haiti has experienced this afternoon. Haiti, a country that needs everything, will need even more. Just as we were beginning to see a turnaround politically and economically, this tragedy has overtaken this poor nation once again. We will need to ensure that assistance flows are rapid, and that those living in the rural areas are not forgotten.

Posted by: johanna5 | January 12, 2010 11:51 PM

Partners in Health is also immediately responding to the disaster and accepting donations.


Posted by: mth14 | January 13, 2010 12:04 AM

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. They are going to need our help, and fast. I hope we give generously.

Posted by: chi-town | January 13, 2010 12:12 AM

The National Nurses United is also asking nurses to volunteer to help with the relief effort, http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/

Posted by: gschwartz1 | January 13, 2010 1:19 AM

A facebook page has been set up for Washington, D.C. area residents to post information about fund raising events, food/clothing drives, and volunteer opportunities. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-for-Haiti-DC-Earthquake-Fundraiser/247952142612?v=wall

Posted by: jjustice | January 13, 2010 1:59 AM

I am sad for human loss. God has a plan which we can't understand, however it seems he always tests poor and weak. We ask for his mercy!.

Int'l community help Haiti.

Posted by: blueskiestravel | January 13, 2010 2:04 AM

I just donated $ 10.00 over my cell. Just text HAITI and then 90999. This is by Department of State/ Red Cross.

Be careful with possible scams.

Posted by: Diori | January 13, 2010 3:09 AM

For an up-to-date listing of humanitarian organizations working in Haiti please see http://www.alertnet.org/db/crisisprofiles/HA_UNR.htm?v=whowhatwhere

As a matter of urgency I would add Partners In Health to the list of organizations that deserve immediate donations (https://donate.pih.org/page/contribute/haiti_earthquake?source=earthquake&subsource=homepage).

Also Doctors without Borders (Both French and Holland Sections). Red Cross also does good work in Haiti.

Remember that the first 72 hours is the most important time in an earthquake emergency. The priority should be to assist organizations that are already on the ground.

Posted by: gregbeals | January 13, 2010 3:23 AM

My God!! This poor country (poor in all senses of the word) just gets hit with one disaster after another; political, social, medical, and environmental. Incredible that people who have experienced such adversity can find what it takes to go on. I admired the spirit of the Hatian people 30 years ago when I visited this beautiful but ravaged country. Prayers and a small donation are with you.

Posted by: Bfeely600 | January 13, 2010 10:21 AM

American Jewish World Services has a Haitian relief fund:


Posted by: fmjk | January 13, 2010 11:02 AM

Another organization doing great work in Haiti for years (runs a totally-free-of-charge hospital in Port-au-Prince) is Doctors without Borders. This organization has a high (4-star) rating from Charity Navigator (higher than the Red Cross's):


Posted by: clampson | January 13, 2010 11:32 AM

World Relief works alongside local churches in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area to combat AIDS, provide basic healthcare for mothers and infants, protect orphans and at-risk children and improve financial security for vulnerable households. They've already sprung into action in the wake of this hideous disaster.

Please consider supporting their excellent work.

Posted by: kimleonard1 | January 13, 2010 11:32 AM

Direct Relief International is also responding to Haiti, and they do excellent work: http://directrelief.org/EmergencyResponse/2010/EarthquakeHaiti.aspx

Posted by: ml11 | January 13, 2010 11:43 AM

Grameen Foundation is collecting donations specifically to aid in economic recovery work in Haiti and help the thousands of poor families devastated by the recent earthquake. After the hurricanes in Haiti in 2008 and the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, Grameen Foundation worked with local partners to rebuild their small businesses and their lives through microfinance.

Please help poor families get a new start:


Kind regards,

Posted by: GrameenFoundation | January 13, 2010 12:04 PM

Please consider adding TractorShare to your donor list. TractorShare is on the ground now in Haiti, and we are deploying tractors for recovery efforts. These tractors will than remain with local communities, supporting their needs, but our immediate response is deploying heavy equipment for debris removal, road clearing, and recovery support. http://www.tractorshare.org

Posted by: TractorShare | January 13, 2010 12:30 PM

If you'd like to support an organization providing Haitian earthquake relief, but are short on cash after the holidays, sell anything you don't need through eBay Giving Works and donate the proceeds to a relief nonprofit:


Posted by: clamlorenz | January 13, 2010 12:33 PM

Out of the woodwork rise the scammers for cash.

One of the worst at the grab is the Haiti government.
Any money funneled through the Government, has never reached the people in the past,so what changed to make that begin to be the case?

Where money is given determines who it actually gets to.

Corruption is rampant there too.

Posted by: dottydo | January 13, 2010 12:36 PM

The American Friends Service Committee is seeking financial contributions to meet the immediate needs of Haiti's earthquake survivors and support Haitians as they recover and rebuild from this humanitarian disaster. Donate now at www.afsc.org/give

Posted by: amoorebruton | January 13, 2010 2:25 PM

My personal choice is Doctors Without Borders, but I'm sure any of these organizations are a great place to park your money.

Think about it - the stock market can go up or down tomorrow, but $50 thrown at any of these organizations means someone lives who would have died - or some kids have a tent to shelter them from the elements for the next few months. Where can you find a better return on your investment than that?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 13, 2010 3:07 PM

Please consider donating to Hands Together, a charity that works in the very poorest parts of Haiti, including the slums of Port-au-Prince. They run schools, clinics, feeding centers, and more. The devastation is massive.


Thanks so very much.

Posted by: tgjacm | January 13, 2010 3:12 PM

Technical personnel involved in crisis assistance may wish to research Usahidi and Sahana.


Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves.

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, where we are building a platform that crowdsources crisis information. Allowing anyone to submit crisis information through text messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form.

Usahidi is now mapping the crisis in Haiti:


Technical specialists may wish to search for others using comparable techniques to assist in locating victims and survivors. Some sort of aggregation system will be needed to cross-reference a variety of reporting and recordation services operated by the wide range of aid providers.

Please advise.

Posted by: thardman | January 13, 2010 3:33 PM

Help Haitian children and families struck by this disaster. SOS Children’s Villages (SosUsa.org) has been working on the ground in Haiti giving orphaned and abandoned children homes and education since 1979. SOS has a solid commitment to Haitian children through this disaster and beyond. Please visit www.SOS-USA.org to contribute to our relief effort.

Posted by: SOSUSA1 | January 13, 2010 3:41 PM

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is also accepting donations to help with its relief efforts in Haiti.
The UN is currently on the ground working for disaster relief and recovery.

Donations can be made on-line at www.unfoundation.org/donate/cerf.html

Posted by: njanati | January 13, 2010 4:20 PM

Episcopal Relief and Development (formerly the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief) has established a Haiti Fund. For more information on ERD, go here: http://www.er-d.org/
To donate, go here: https://www.er-d.org/donate-select.php

Posted by: kejones4 | January 13, 2010 5:03 PM

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is mobilizing health experts to assess the impact of the earthquake on the health situation in Haiti and working to mobilize and coordinate relief and recovery efforts focused on the quake’s survivors. See www.paho.org for details on Haiti. The Disaster Relief Fund of PAHEF can help bring critically needed emergency supplies for affected families and to support recovery efforts in Haiti. Interested people can donate via https://www.pahef.org/donate/donate.aspx?source=Her

Posted by: danpaho | January 13, 2010 8:59 PM

I have looked all over the web for objective info. on Wyclef's Yele or its predecessor, the Wyclef Jean Foundation. There is no info at Guidestar, Give.org, or the Charity Navigator on this organization. The last IRS 990 on the web for Wyclef's Foundation is from 2000. I have seen a lot of stories about Wyclef's campaign twitter campaign, but none about this organizations financials, administrative costs or how it has used funds in the past.

Posted by: loved1 | January 14, 2010 5:12 AM

In response to the major earthquake that has devastated Haiti, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association, has launched a joint earthquake relief fund to help survivors.

UUSC, an international human rights organization based in Cambridge, Mass., will identify and channel relief funds to grassroots and colleague organizations that are best able to provide immediate aid to survivors, as well as to meet longer-term needs of recovery.

Donations may be made online by visiting www.uusc.org/haitiearthquake, by phone at 800-766-5236, or by regular mail to UUSC, UUSC/UUA Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, P.O. Box 844001, Boston, MA 02284-4001.

Posted by: DickCampbell2 | January 14, 2010 8:50 AM

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is already on the ground providing assistance in Haiti. Go to http://www.adra.org for more information and to donate to this organization. BBB accredited charity, and Charity Navigator 4 star charity.

Posted by: RazorGirl | January 14, 2010 9:16 AM

Catholic Medical Mission Board is also responding to the crisis. www.cmmb.org

Posted by: kastafford_99 | January 14, 2010 9:25 AM

To donate to CHF International, please visit

Posted by: cygar | January 14, 2010 9:35 AM

Go to CharityNavigator.org for a list of highly rated charities who are contributing to releif efforts in Haiti. Charity Navigator rates charities for their efficiency and effectiveness in using your donations; ie: to make sure a large part of your donation is not going to the CEO salary!

Posted by: playswithpaint | January 14, 2010 10:56 AM

UMCOR--United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping also. 100% of your donation goes to the cause--nothing is taken off the top for administration or salaries.

Posted by: lsturt | January 14, 2010 11:54 AM

Food for the Hungry www.fh.org

I work for Food for the Hungry and we are currently operational in Haiti, along with 26 other countries around the world. Our current program's main focus in Haiti is on health programs and working with orphans and vulnerable children. We have helped assist over 25,000 people and improve their lives. Our staff on the ground and a team sent from the US will be conducting an assessment shortly and we plan to provide Water filtration systems, Water purification tablets, Kitchen kits and cooking supplies, Flash lights, blankets & medical supplies, Hygiene kit and Temporary shelter tarps and plastic. We also are petitioning for funds to respond with food aid distribution.

www.fh.org is the website where to donate and a phone line to call is: 1.800.248.6437

Posted by: ConnieFH | January 14, 2010 11:59 AM

Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti


Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS), located 40 miles NW of Port Au Prince, was able to withstand the recent devastating earthquake and is currently operating with full staff helping victims. With mass casualty protocols in place, the medical staff is evaluating each patient, performing diagnostic tests and delivering life saving care. Due to the expertise developed over its 54 year history, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) is one of the few institutions positioned to provide timely hospital care for the injured. As the flow of people urgently seeking care increases over the next few days and weeks, our resources will be pushed to the breaking point. It is critical that we receive support to help us continue with our mission.

Pittsburgh Office
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
P. O. Box 81046
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
412.361.5200 phone
412.361.5400 fax

Donate Online

We are asking our supporters to make direct contributions to HAS both online and by mail. We are in great need of support to continue to administer health care to the many patients arriving to the hospital from affected areas.

Thank you!

Posted by: megan13 | January 14, 2010 12:27 PM

Detroit,the Americans who have lost their homes, their jobs, their investments, their hope:

All they need is an earthquake.

Posted by: princeton67 | January 14, 2010 1:05 PM

Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) is partnering with Medical Teams International to send surgeons and other medical personnel to Haiti to treat earthquake victims with fractured limbs. Go to their webpage at www.sign-post.org to donate.

Posted by: michael93 | January 14, 2010 1:46 PM

I just read Former President Bill Clinton's editorial in the Washington Post. It moved me to give generously to Haiti Relief on his Global Foundation. I trust Bill Clinton and just remembering the the political capital he put into Haiti when Republicans rebuffed his efforts at restoring a legitimate government in Haiti was touching and thoughtful. Bill Clinton has always measured morality by the good that we do for others less fortunate than what simply passes as immoral acts. He does not judge like Pat Robinson that these peole are cursed and that they made a pact with the devil. Good job Bill ... you truly have the people in your heart ... going all the way back to 1975.

Posted by: amitchell13 | January 14, 2010 2:31 PM

British non-governmental volunteer team RAPID UK (Response & Preparedness in Disaster) have two teams on the way, an assesment team and a rescue team. They are entirely funded by donations. Details on line at http://www.rapiduk.org.uk

Posted by: MedicLeo | January 14, 2010 2:40 PM

Haiti Micah Project - www.haiti-micah.org

The Haiti Micah Project, a local Alexandria based non-profit sponsors a feeding program and orphanage for street children in Mirebalais, Haiti, they are expecting a huge influx of refugees coming from Port Au Prince. They don't want to turn away any of these refugees who need food, water and shelter. Donations are critical to expanding the program. 100% of the donations will go to relief efforts.


Posted by: AndreaTruelove | January 15, 2010 9:05 AM

International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD), a specialist in disaster response and emergency relief operations, has immediately mobilized an emergency response team to Haiti, responding to last night’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. IRD will focus on the provision of emergency commodities, such as water, sanitation kits, medicines, hygiene kits, and shelter materials. IRD has provided substantial emergency support to Haiti in the past.

Please go to: http://www.ird.org/what/stories/haiti_earthquake.html to learn more and help with the relief effort. Thank you.


Posted by: IRDORG | January 15, 2010 1:16 PM

Florida is so close to Haiti-I wish the cruise industry would send idle ships to Haiti to provide food, temporary shelter and a sanitary environment for the survivors. Surely we have mothballed military ships which could go also. Our hospital ships can provide medical care and support. These are things that can happen now!!!! Florida is less that a day from Haiti.

Posted by: vctrianfem | January 15, 2010 2:37 PM

Adventist Development and Relief Agency donated $1 million to the relief effort. Water treatment systems, tents, mobile clinics, and medical personnel are already assisting relief efforts. To send contribution to ADRA's Haiti Earthquake Response Fund, please contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online at www.adra.org.

Posted by: ray16 | January 15, 2010 5:21 PM

Family Health International's 50 staff on the ground in Haiti have all been located and are helping support relief efforts. FHI has set up a website to provide updates and accept donations in support of this work. Please help any way you can. www.fhi.org/hld/Haiti_relief/Haiti_Needs_Your_Help_Fund_Haiti_Relief.htm

Posted by: jengels | January 15, 2010 6:10 PM

US Treasury web page says Islamic Relief USA funnels money to Al Quaeda

Posted by: curlysmom | January 16, 2010 9:36 AM

I would highly recommend this Buddhist Charity organization based in Taiwan.


They have been very effective in helping the poor and the needy in Asia. I wish that they are more well-known here.

Posted by: stoneboyinDC | January 16, 2010 2:04 PM

donations can also be made through Luthern World Relief at the following website:

Posted by: greenesthornet | January 16, 2010 2:43 PM

You might be interested to know that the President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern, is compensated $565,00 for her work. That is why I always send donations to other charities.

Catholic Relief Services, Salvation Army, Doctors Without Borders and others do NOT compensate their officials with outrageous salaries like that of the ARC.

Posted by: Utahreb | January 17, 2010 7:47 AM

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator and an A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy. 100% of all donations go directly to disaster work on site. Two UMCOR Directors died in Haitian earthquake while meeting to set up access to health care: http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/
Health kits can also be assembled and donated - see web site for more info.

Posted by: vahusky | January 17, 2010 10:25 PM

Right now, there are a number of technology organizations (from Google to Ushahidi to Frontline SMS), working around the clock with the State Department on a coordinated effort, that uses technology to support the relief efforts in Haiti.

JOIN THE ACTION RIGHT NOW: http://Haiti.BeExtra.org

In the last several days, developers at The Extraordinaries have worked tirelessly to build tools for volunteers who want to help find missing people from right here at home.

Posted by: balekimb | January 18, 2010 8:54 PM

For those of you who wish to help, the below describes a Washington, DC area charity that supports a school in Haiti. This charity existed well before the earthquake, and also supports projects that directly benefit the Haitian people.

Please visit:


Thank you

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 19, 2010 3:07 PM

The only way I would give even one penny for relief is to go to Haiti and personally give my money to those who need it. I, with good reason, do not trust anyone with the amount of money that is on hand for the needy. These poor people will be screwed again. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | January 19, 2010 5:41 PM

Spare a thought for the cats & dogs.

I would like to add to the donor list
* World Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (WSPCA)
* the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
They have joined forces to provide veterinary services (ARCH). Please help them.
Thank you

Posted by: mgbgt95 | January 19, 2010 9:45 PM

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