Current Disaster Relief Efforts, International & Disaster Relief

Haiti Earthquake Relief

The powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14 injured and displaced thousands of people and, as of August 23, took the lives of over 2,200 residents in the Caribbean nation. Rescuers continue to look for survivors among the rubble of crumbled homes and buildings. The devastation is compounded by oppressive heat, overcrowded hospitals and widening concerns about Tropical Storm Grace, which is expected to bring heavy rain, flooding and landslides, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffered from a 2010 earthquake that claimed the lives of 300,000 people and continues to face challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, economic underdevelopment and political instability.

The recovery process will be long and difficult. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

  • Direct Relief International provides emergency assistance after natural disasters around the globe. In Haiti, Direct Relief is working with a larger coalition of responders, and has begun shipping and equipping prescription drugs, IV solutions, medical backpacks, emergency health kits, and wound care items to responding hospitals in Haiti. Donations restricted to supporting Direct Relief’s response in Haiti can be made at this link.
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) is organizing relief efforts internationally to support emergency relief efforts to the Haitian earthquake. Working with partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the IFRC is supporting the Haitian Red Cross in securing food, supplies and physicians for affected regions. Donations restricted to supporting the international relief effort in Haiti can be made here.
  • Team Rubicon leads US military veterans in disaster relief and recovery efforts across the United States and around the globe. They have already deployed teams on the ground for search and rescue in Haiti. More information can be found in this update from the field. Donations to support their Haiti work can be made here.
  • UNICEF is on the ground in the aftermath of a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, where children were already suffering amidst surging COVID-19 cases, severe acute malnutrition and gang violence. Support for UNICEF’s response efforts can be made here.
  • World Central Kitchen focuses on emergency food relief following disasters. They have already deployed staff, containers and food preparation equipment to Haiti where they’ve begun sourcing local food to prepare nourishing meals for impacted Haitians. Donations to support WCK’s work in Haiti and in other areas of critical need can be made here.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.