Saturday, January 30, 2010

613 Organizations Assisting Haitians in Earthquake Relief Efforts

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports that a total of 613 organizations and institutions are working alongside the local Haitian population in the relief efforts in Haiti and I'm sure all are doing their best to provide whatever aid they can.

However, with so many organizations asking for donations of money and volunteer services it's difficult to choose which to support. I've decided to give my full support and promote the efforts of the following organizations that are doing a tremendous job of extending help and hope to the victims of this horrendous calamity in Haiti.

The Salvation Army

Read about how the Salvation Army is extending aid to Haiti's coastal communities such as offering support and assistance to the approximately 20,000 displaced families taking shelter near their compund in Port-au-Prince. Their relief team, working with the US Army 82nd Airborne, delivered more than 174,000 meals to the coastal community of Petit Goave (Little Gulf). You will also read about their efforts to help the thousands of children with feeding programs and other assistance. These are just examples of the many ways the Salvation Army is working to save lives and improve living conditions.

International Medical Corps

Their Emergency Response Teams are working around the clock to save lives in Haiti and to help the Haitian people lay the groundwork for long-term recovery.

In the past few days, the Emergency Response Team has opened up 8 mobile clinics - 2 in Petit-Goâve and 1 each in Petionville, Boloise, Jacmel, Gressier, St. Luces and Carrefour. Each team is seeing anywhere from 40 to 120 patients a day. The emergency medical team is working at the Hospital De'l Universite d'etat d'Haiti, a 700-bed hospital that is barely functioning. They established an emergency surgery facility in conjunction with other NGOs where 30 to 50 surgeries are performed each day.

Doctors and nurses looking to volunteer, please click here

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