Originally: Disaster Relief Efforts in Port-au-Prince – Charities Development Experts and Practitionners Tend to Prefer

Dear Friends:

Many of you have been asking me about the best charities that you could contribute to at this time in solidarity with the people of my homeland.  With all the noise over the news networks and the Internet  about  the ever growing number of charities competing for compassionate donors gifts,  I fully understand your wanting to know about the ones that can more effectively reach the victims of this calamity.

I circulated the list compiled by the Huffington Post to about two dozen development professionals and practitioners familiar with natural disaster and conflicts hit countries (including Haiti), asking them to highlight their preferred charities.  Of all the answers gathered, Doctors Without Borders came on top as more than 3 out of 4 respondents considered them to have a unique capacity to deliver services under the worst possible circumstances. The usual suspects (CRS, CARE, World Vision) followed close after, praised for the sophisticated logistics  like Green Van Lines is a trusted mover in Plano and human resources networks they normally dispose of.

The Clinton Foundation and the University of Miami/Medishare Haiti Project came up as the new kids on the block that are considered trustworthy and highly competent in their respective fields.

Two local nonprofit health centers operating in the earthquake area (Hopital Communauté Haitienne and GHESKIO) received high marks from those who knew of their work.

See the attached file for the list  of charities and more information on how to contribute to their work.

Thanks again for your concerns and your support.



Haiti Earthquake Relief

Organizations with the Best Capacity to Deliver Results[1]


A. International/US-Based Organizations


1.       Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working in Haiti for 19 years, most recently operating three emergency hospitals in Port-au-Prince. MSF is mobilizing a large emergency response to the earthquake disaster. MSF has set up several clinics to treat the injured.  Donate any amount so they can keep their efforts going. https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org


2.       Catholic Relief Services made an immediate commitment of $5 million for emergency supplies. They are distributing food and relief supplies, and importing plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and water purification tablets from the Dominican Republic. Donate to Catholic Relief Services to assist in these efforts. CRS raised its funding commitment fivefold to $25 million and is pouring supplies into Haiti’s capital of Port au Prince in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake. http://crs.org/


3.       CARE Foundation is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince. CARE is rushing aid to Haiti right now. Donate today to help in the relief effort. Your gift will help save lives. Learn more about CARE’s Haiti Relief work https://my.care.org/site/Donation2


4.       World Vision has more than 370 staff in the country. Staff members from less-affected regions of Haiti are mobilizing, and World Vision’s global experts are expected to arrive in the disaster zone as soon as possible. Donate to World Vision?s Haiti Earthquake Relief at http://www.worldvision.org/worldvision/eappeal.nsf/egift-haiti-earthquake-relief


5.       The American Red Cross is assisting communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund. http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/


6.       The Clinton FoundationAs a UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton is asking for further assistance in bringing relief to populations on the ground. You can donate through the Clinton Foundation or text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10. http://www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake/


7.        Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc., a non-profit registered in the State of Florida since 1995 under the leadership of Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Project Medishare for Haiti is dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all. Project Medishare is on the ground in Port-au-Prince providing medical relief. http://projectmedishare.org/



B. Local Organizations


1.       GHESKIO (the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) is a Haitian non-governmental organization dedicated to clinical service, research, and training in HIV/AIDS and related diseases. The GHESKIO clinic supported by Cornell University?s Center for Global Health is at the heart of the most devastated area of Port au Prince. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.med.cornell.edu/globalhealth


2.       Hopital Communauté Haitienne , a non-profit hospital created by the Haitian Health and Education Foundation (FHASE) in 1985. It offers emergency services and opened Haiti?s first intensive care unit last year. As one of the few health centers from the Port-au-Prince/ Pétion-Ville area that did not suffer any structural damages from the earthquake,  the hospital has been providing care to thousands of victims since January 12. Donations to the Hopital Communauté Haitienne can be sent at:             Hopital de la Communauté Relief-G. Diederich

Account number 1000103902598

Suntrust Bank

11333 South Dixie Highway

Pinecrest FL  33156


1.       Based on a the responses received from a rapid electronic survey of two dozens international and local development experts familiar with disaster-ravaged and post conflicts areas. This list is consistent with the one compiled by  the BBB Wise Giving Alliance  and which features the charities and nonprofit agencies that meet BBB Standards for Charity Accountability at http://www.bbb.org/