Haiti Needs Our Help

January 14, 2010

Haiti needs our helpAt this writing, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to the full extent of the damage in Haiti given that the tenuous state of the infrastructure there was completely devastated by this powerful earthquake.

While all the particulars may not yet be clear to us, what is clear is that Haiti needs our help. There are many organizations helping to ease the suffering there. Here are just a few of the places where you can help:

There are numerous ways to help groups already on the ground in Haiti. One of the best, Partners In Health, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and several others, has been operating in the country since 1987. PIH operates clinics in Port au Prince and other major Haitian cities. With hospitals and a highly trained medical staff in place, Partners In Health is already bringing medical assistance and supplies to areas that have been hardest hit. Donations to PIH to help earthquake relief efforts will be quickly routed to the disaster.

You can donate online to the Partners in Health effort via this link:

or send your contribution to:
Partners In Health,
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578

Mercy Corps



There’s a relief fund called Yele Haiti http://www.yele.org which puts 100% of its donations toward disaster relief in Haiti. (The Yele organization was founded in 2005 by musician and Haitian native Wyclef Jean.)

You can make a fast donation of $5 via your cell phone by texting the word "Yele" to 501-501. The donation will show up on your cell phone bill. (You will receive a text back from them asking you to confirm the charge by texting back "YES.")
Or, if you’d like to donate more than $5, use this link to make a secure donation by credit card for any amount:


There is also a well-endowed list of organizations that are providing direct relief to Haiti on the University of Washington web site:


From barackobama.com