15 January 2010

Crisis in Haiti

The Ms. Foundation for Women expresses our deep condolences and solidarity with the people of Haiti in this moment of unbelievable crisis.

As you seek ways to share your own solidarity and support, below are recommendations—based on our own and our colleagues’ experiences in the U.S. and around the world—to help guide your giving, as well as a preliminary list of social justice, community-based organizations that are accepting donations.

Consider Funding:
  • Community-based organizations with strong relationships on the ground that are best positioned to mobilize humanitarian relief for those who need it most.

  • Local organizations with a social justice-lens that are more likely to deliver effective, immediate relief within the context of a long-term strategy to rebuild.

  • Grassroots organizations with a gender lens that know how women are uniquely and disproportionately affected by disaster and can identify the best ways to meet women’s needs and elevate women’s solutions.
Here is a preliminary, but by no means exhaustive, list of groups organizing an immediate and long-term response to the crisis in Haiti:

The Global Fund for Women is trying to assess the extent to which their five Haitian partner organizations have been affected by the disaster. You can donate to support their long-term work to address gender-specific needs resulting from the earthquake through their Crisis Fund.

Grassroots International supports global movements for social change. They work with four main groups in Haiti and have a long history of providing emergency relief. Their Haitian partners, closely connected to the needs of their communities, are in a “key position to rebuild.”

Lambi Fund of Haiti strengthens civil society by channeling resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. They are currently helping peasant groups get food and essentials for their families and will help rebuild over the long-term.

Partners in Health has worked in Haiti for over two decades to bring sustainable, community-based health care and social justice to Haiti’s poor. They're mobilizing their more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants in Haiti, setting up field hospital sites in Port-au-Prince, bringing in supplies through the Dominican Republic, and ensuring that field sites beyond the capital are equipped to address the needs of those fleeing the city.

Read more on our website.

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