American Jewish Committee Responds to Crisis in Haiti
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is working with a leading Israeli non-governmental relief organization to bring humanitarian medical assistance to Haiti after a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck the island nation. AJC’s initial donation to support IsrAID’s efforts in Haiti came from AJC's Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Humanitarian Fund.
JDC's Haiti Earthquake Disaster Response
JDC is currently supporting Heart to Heart International to provide immediate medical aid, equipment, and services to victims of the earthquake. Yesterday, Heart to Heart’s team of doctors and nurses brought medical assistance to Leogane, an isolated community where little assistance has reached. JDC is also working with the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, whose team of medical professionals is operating a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. JDC has helped equip the hospital, furnishing infant incubators for its neonatal unit and orthopedic devices that have been in great demand.
Working with the Afya Foundation, a container of mattresses and much-needed medical supplies has been sent to Partners in Health on the ground in Haiti. A second container is being sent on Friday and a third will follow. JDC is also supporting EcoWorks International which, working through local sources, will be operating a soup kitchen. Further partnerships with local NGOs are being explored by JDC to provide emergency assistance during this initial stage of its disaster response.
AJWS to Assist Victims of the Haiti Earthquake
New York, NY; January 12, 2010—AJWS is collecting donations in response to this afternoon's massive earthquake in Haiti, which registered a 7.0 on the Richter scale. Donations to AJWS's "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund," which can be made at www.ajws.org/haitiearthquake, will enable AJWS's network of grantees in Haiti to meet the urgent needs of the population based on real-time, on-the-ground assessments.
With a per capita income of $3.60 per day, Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Thus, its population is especially vulnerable to natural disasters, such as today's earthquake. Based on initial reports of widespread devastation and a high number of casualties, AJWS anticipates that the immediate and long-term needs will be profound and is coordinating with its in-country representatives to respond immediately.
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