Submitted Mon Jan 25 2010 14:49:00 GMT-0500 (EST)
by Eduardo Bialostozky
NEW YORK, NY, January 25, 2010 – The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), an alliance of U.S. and foreign Jewish agencies that provide a united Jewish response to humanitarian disasters, formed a special coordinating group in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
JCDR is now partnering with Chabad to provide humanitarian assistance in Haiti. Chabad in the Dominican Republic will coordinate and purchase of food and basic necessities in the Dominican Republic and arrange trucking to Haiti. Surfuturo, a local NGO, and United Nations Security with assist Chabad with logistics and distribution on the ground in Haiti. The distribution of all assistance will take place exclusively on a humanitarian, non-sectarian basis.
JCDR is also collaborating with the Afya Foundation, to ship hundreds of mattresses, blankets, and medical supplies to Partners in Health, a local NGO in Haiti, that will distribute the much needed items to earthquake victims. In addition, JCDR is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide immediate relief by working with local partners to provide water, food, shelter, and emergency health care.
The Haiti coordinating group is comprised of twenty JCDR member organizations committed to supporting the recovery of those affected by this massive humanitarian crisis. Relief and reconstruction efforts are being coordinated to ensure that Jewish organizational best practices in humanitarian assistance are implemented to aid Haitian victims of the earthquake.
The Haiti relief coordinating group’s members are currently working on the ground through a network of partners providing assistance and relief to victims. Members are also supporting the efforts of Israeli emergency teams and NGOs in Haiti. Additionally, the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief has released a wide appeal for financial assistance to support this Jewish response to the needs of the Haitian people.