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How to help Haiti now: 12+ charities on the frontlines

In the wake of the earthquake and tropical storm that have devastated Haiti, brave teams from charities NCF givers know and already support are working to bring clean water, tons of medicines, diapers, cash assistance, food, a portable hospital, radio broadcasts of hope, and even chefs to help feed rescue teams and hospital workers.

Others are planning for the future – how schools will open, how homes will be rebuilt, who will help the traumatized, as many Haitians are now afraid to enter a concrete building. Most of these charities are working with trusted, local networks of churches and NGOs to restore their country.

We’ve compiled this list of U.S.-based charities that are working on the frontlines in Haiti. All the charities on the list below are already approved to receive NCF grants right away. If you already have a Giving Fund at NCF, log in today to recommend a grant. If you don’t have a Giving Fund, you can open one in just minutes.

This is a developing story. Charities are being added as we receive more information.

The 410 Bridge

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The 410 Bridge works in 10 communities near the epicenter of the earthquake, the same 10 communities that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew five years ago. Because of their ongoing presence in Haiti through multiple natural disasters, they’ve been able to be on the frontlines of relief efforts with community leaders – speeding help to the most vulnerable. Though the work of the 410 Bridge is normally focused on long-term, sustainable development, when a catastrophic event occurs, immediate (but short-lived) response is required, so as not to undermine long-term development work. They’re working closely with the faith community to source supplies for food, water, and shelter. Their long presence in this region provides connections that enable them to help large disaster-relief organizations to identify those most in need of resources.

Americares

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Americares has sent 9 tons of intravenous fluids to the earthquake-damaged commune of Les Cayes (population about 87,000). A second shipment will include 9 tons of medicine, medical supplies, surgical and wound care materials, PPE, and hygiene products. Americares relief workers in Haiti and the United States are preparing additional shipments to supply health workers treating the injured with antibiotics, orthopedic supplies and other urgently needed items.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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CRS is helping families affected by the earthquake meet immediate needs for relief and long‑term recovery. They are providing clean water, sanitation, shelter, and emergency supplies to those impacted by the earthquake. These efforts will transition into a robust recovery program to repair and rebuild homes and infrastructure and restore livelihoods. 

Convoy of Hope

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Convoy of Hope and their partners on the ground are supplying food, water, medical supplies, tarps, and other relief supplies to people in need. A detailed, daily report of the situation on the ground and their response is available at the website linked above.

Extollo International

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Extollo is not a disaster-relief organization. They work on mitigating the effects of the next one. In Port au Prince, their school teaches construction-trades skill development for bringing earthquake-resistant homes to the Haitian housing market, especially to those who need them most. However, they are proud to have been able to launch one of their trained builders to interpret and provide logistic support to the U.S. Coast Guard and other branches of the U.S. military working at the epicenter of the quake.

Give Hope Global

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Give Hope Global has deep roots throughout the Sud Department of Haiti, where the earthquake hit. Existing projects there include schools, orphanages, transition homes, a working farm and a community health program. Having survived earthquakes in the past, their Haitian staff was able to quickly respond to the disaster. They are hosting and housing at least three emergency medical organizations (Team Rubicon, Build Health International, and Partners in Health) in their facilities, providing vehicles, drivers, and translators, gathering emergency disaster and medical supplies, providing temporary shelter to those who’ve lost homes, and activating their network of 200 churches to determine the greatest needs.

Global Orphan Project

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The Global Orphan (GO) Project has long-term relationships and Haitian leadership in seven communities in and around Les Cayes, Haiti, where the earthquake hit hardest. Their objective, post-quake, is to provide wrap-around support to these communities, which include about 1,000 children and parents (mostly single moms). First, GO will provide 90 days of stability and food security by working through local leaders and local churches. After this, there will be margin to do healthy, mid-to-long term damage assessment and remediation. With the help of two Haitian airline partners, they began distributing tarps, food, water, and more within 48 hours of the quake.

Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Haiti is distributing non-food items, emergency shelter kits, cleaning kits, and (where needed) cash to help families cope with the impact of the earthquake and protect from possible storms. They’re partnering with other organizations to offer technical expertise in providing housing for vulnerable communities and working to help remove rubble, repair, and rebuild homes. And they’re partnering with local government to assess damage and needs for tarps and tools, specific WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) interventions to address COVID-19, and distributing household items. Activities are focused on the southwestern peninsula of Haiti: Les Cayes, Corail, Beaumont, Pestel, and surrounding areas.

Hope for Haiti

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Hope for Haiti has been in the country for 30 years, working to reduce poverty in the country, emphasizing education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. They are working with local teams to distribute home water-filtration systems, emergency kits, and tarps and working with a hospital in Naples, Florida to ship pallets of medical supplies.

Many Hands for Haiti

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Many hands has responded with a distribution with more than 100,000 pounds of food (712,000 meals). They’re working through 500 pastors in 20 zones throughout the most- affected regions. All of their food is purchased locally from northern Haiti (which was unaffected by the quake), using Haitian merchants and Haitian farmers, and providing a much-needed economic boost to the area. They continue to work with partners to provide food, tarps, tools, clothes, and other supplies.

Medical Teams International

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Medical Teams is working with Food for the Hungry to help provide life-saving care, and is monitoring for opportunities to support the humanitarian health response further. Medical Teams plans to provide food, water, and hygiene kits to people affected by the earthquake, especially those in urgent need of health care.

Mercy Corps

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Mercy Corps works side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, or violent conflict. In Haiti, they are distributing 3,000 kits with essential supplies – including water purification tabs, soap, diapers, mosquito nets, sheets and tarps, as well as 3,000 solar lanterns. In addition, they will provide cash assistance to 5,000 families, so they can purchase what they need most urgently.

Mission of Hope, Haiti

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Mission of Hope, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Haiti, is partnering with HaitiOne, a network of more than 600 locally established partners, including churches, schools, orphanages, and non-profit organizations working together to advocate on behalf of the communities in which they serve. Mission of Hope’s team has all-Haitian leadership, and because they already have warehouses with food and supplies, they were able to respond within eight hours to assess needs and begin providing relief.

Project C.U.R.E.

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Project C.U.R.E. has an extensive history of working in Haiti and has in experience shipping containers into the area to meet needs. In response to the August 14 earthquake, they are preparing the delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment to aid and support their local healthcare partners on the ground. Two C.U.R.E. Cargo containers will be sent from their Houston warehouse, with an additional container being sent from Denver. All of these supplies will be sent to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, a 131-bed facility in Haiti’s Lower Artibonite Valley, which is the only 24/7 full-service hospital in the area, serving a population of more than 350,000 people.

Samaritan’s Purse

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Samaritan’s Purse airlifted an Emergency Field Hospital aboard their DC-8 along with doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to provide lifesaving care to the people of Haiti. This mobile trauma unit is being constructed near Les Cayes, along the southern peninsula of the country.

In addition to treating the immediate needs of earthquake victims, teams are also preparing for the growing threat of other illnesses as affected communities are at high risk for the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Share Hope

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Share Hope is helping to address the enormous immediate needs by preparing emergency disaster relief packs for 1000 families in impacted areas, especially among garment workers who share in the work of their sustainable businesses. The bags will contain much-needed supplies, such as water filtration devices, solar battery chargers, personal hygiene items, dry food staples, analgesics, laundry soap, and more.

Trans World Radio

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Trans World Radio’s newest partner station (4VEH) is located in Les Cayes, near the epicenter of the earthquake. Immediately after the seismic event, program hosts went on the air to field phone calls, provide timely information, and to pray for and encourage the nation with God’s Word. They are reportedly the only operational radio station in the area.

Water Mission

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Water Mission’s Haiti team is working alongside partners on the ground to quickly bring safe water solutions to those impacted by the earthquake. They are trucking safe water from their 40 existing projects in the area to neighboring communities, shipping water-treatment systems from their Haiti warehouses and U.S. headquarters, and sending engineers to help local utilities repair their water systems. Water Mission has responded to disasters for more than 20 years, bringing safe water and God’s love to those who most desperately need it.

World Central Kitchen

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World Central Kitchen was on the ground feeding relief workers after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and worked with the Haitian Department of Education to establish a culinary arts school in Port-au-Prince in 2017. This week, they arrived in Haiti on a plane full of cooking equipment and packing supplies and began scouting out local kitchens and cooking needs, as well as how to transport meals. Two chefs were deployed with the US Coast Guard to the affected areas of Jeremie and Les Cayes. They have set up an additional kitchen in Port-au-Prince to make traditional Haitian dishes to distribute to hospitals, emergency crews and families in need.

World Hope International

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World Hope International (WHI) has been in Haiti since 1996, working through local partnerships on the mainland and the island of La Gonâve, just off the west coast of Haiti. Because clean water is scarce on La Gonâve, its residents have had to find unique ways of providing water for their own people.  WHI invested in a clean water solution with its partner, the GivePower Foundation, and launched GivePower Solar Water Farm amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year. This sustainable system, led by local management, is now providing 30,000 liters of clean water per day to those in areas affected by the earthquake. In addition to clean water, WHI has deployed Haitian doctors and nurses – with expertise, local knowledge, and medical supplies – from another partner, La Gonâve Wesleyen Hospital, to provide critical emergency relief.

World Relief

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Since 2017, World Relief has focused their work on Les Cayes – the epicenter of the earthquake and tropical storm. More than 38,000 homes have been completely destroyed there, and nearly 47,000 additional homes were significantly damaged. At least 38 churches were completely destroyed. Still, their pastors and congregants are supporting their communities before beginning to rebuild. World Relief’s local teams are responding immediately to each affected household in the area. It costs $120 per household to provide a response kit (which includes plastic sheets, a food package to last several weeks, and a hygiene kit).

World Vision

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World Vision has worked in Haiti for 30 years. Because their programs aren’t located near the quake-hit zones, they’ve been able to deploy to help children and families affected by the earthquake by distributing food supplies and hygiene kits. Along with partner organizations, they stand ready to help another 240,000 in the affected regions, providing for families – as well as children in orphanages – who lack access to food, water, and electricity.

Please pray with us for the country of Haiti, that God will speed their recovery and that all power of the enemy there will be thwarted.

Any updates to this story should be sent to jturner@ncfgiving.com.

Top Photo: World Vision

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