Posted by AVM

We, like all of you, have heavy hearts watching the footage and hearing of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti.  With thousands unaccounted for, children and families trapped under rubble, and very limited resources in the country, the best way to help is to give to the organizations who are first responding to this tragedy.  I have put together a list of organizations that were either already doing service work in Haiti when the earthquake hit, or have arrived and hit the ground running to help the many hundreds of thousands affected by the earthquake.  If you’re looking for a place to give, consider these good organizations* and remember that all gifts – large or small – make a difference:

Partners in Health -This organization partners with poor communities to combat disease and poverty around the world by providing free health care, health education, and addressing social and economic needs. With a solid presence already in Haiti, these people know the infrastructure, know the people and the culture, and are committed to making a difference during these relief efforts.

Doctors Without Borders – This Nobel Peace Prize winning organization was started in 1971 and today provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.  The organization provides independent, impartial medical assistance to those most in need. Many times, Doctors Without Borders is on the front lines and speaks out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenges inadequacies, and is a direct advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.  Already in Haiti and working, you can read first hand news on their website about what’s happening in their efforts.

Action Against HungerThis organization was established specifically to combat hunger worldwide, leading the way in defining the terrain, developing appropriate strategies, conducting vital field research, and delivering life-saving programs.  They have mobilized an emergency response following the earthquake. Teams are on the ground and have begun to carry out rapid evaluations across the city, while additional support, equipment, and materials—including water treatment supplies, emergency vehicles, and communications equipment—are en route from the organization’s bases in Gonaives.

If you want more ideas and other top-rated charities responding to the disaster in Haiti, take a look at these organizations that have been rated by the American Institute on Philanthropy.

Our hearts and minds are with all of the people in Haiti and all of the family members here who are hoping and praying that their loved ones are safe.

*MyMomGenes has no affiliation with these non-profit organizations.