Helpful Links for Haiti Relief
Due to the unprecedented scale of the crisis in Haiti, the NH Bar Association encourages members to contribute to relief efforts for earthquake victims. This list (from NY Times) documents the 10 most efficient and established organizations with operations on the ground in Haiti.
Partners in Health
Overall Rating: 66.98 Efficiency Rating: 39.48 Capacity Rating: 27.5
Partners in Health has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years and is managing the major public hospital in Port-au-Prince at the direction of the World Health Organization. So far Partners in Health has brought 60 orthopedic and trauma surgeons to the Haiti to supplement the 4,000 Haitian employees already working for them before the earthquake. The organization has also sent 15 employees to focus on structural damage, restoring infrastructure and electricity.
They are running four operating rooms to the North and West of the Port-au-Prince and have brought five Haitians for emergency treatment at American hospitals.
Paul Farmer, the organization’s co-founder and deputy to former President Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, offered his perspective on the crisis in Sunday’s Miami Herald.
Water Missions International
Overall Rating: 66.02 Efficiency Rating: 38.52 Capacity Rating: 27.50
Water Missions International has had a permanent team in Haiti for two years and have seven staff members on the ground now. By Monday night, they expect to have delivered 22 water purification systems to the country. The organization plans to ship 20 more systems in the next two days and manufacture five more each day going forward. From start to finish, each system costs roughly $25,000 – $35,000 and can serve 5,000 people indefinitely. Water Missions International is one of the smaller organizations with just under $3.5 million in net assets but maintains high efficiency scores because of its specialized nature.
Save the Children
Overall Rating: 64.17 Efficiency Rating: 39.17 Capacity Rating: 25.00
Save the Children has worked in Haiti for 30 years and have 170 staff members on the ground now. They have delivered 10 metric tons of medical supplies, food and water to 14 hospitals and clinics in Port au Prince. They are also bringing in additional doctors from the U.S. and delivering medications and assisting with child delivery at city clinics.
Unlike many organizations that struggled to get aide into the country because of a bottleneck at the airport, Save the Children was able to truck family supply kits, including temporary shelter, bottled water and cooking supplies, from the Dominican Republic within 24 hours of the earthquake.
Overall Rating: 62.53 Efficiency Rating: 39.03 Capacity Rating: 23.49
CARE has had a permanent team in Haiti since 1954 with at least 145 employees on ground now. They have delivered 600,000 water purification packets each of which treat nearly three gallons of water. Now one of their major focuses is caring for and delivering hygiene kits for an estimated 37,000 pregnant women. Further donations will go to their water programs as well as food, tent and mattress distribution.
Direct Relief International
Overall Rating: 62.39 Efficiency Rating: 39.89 Capacity Rating: 22.50
Direct Relief International has been supplying local clinics and hospitals since 1964, delivering $150,000 million in medical material since 2000. Sunday morning their first airlift containing $1 million in medical supplies arrived on the ground along with their emergency responder team.
Food for the Poor
Overall Rating: 62.25 Efficiency Rating: 39.75 Capacity Rating: 22.50
Food for the Poor is accepting cash donations, canned food, fish, and condensed milk. They have already sent 100 containers of rice, canned food and medical supplies. Another shipment of 189 tons of goods went out Sunday.
Overall Rating: 61.28 Efficiency Rating: 39.87 Capacity Rating: 21.4
Americares has been delivering medical supplies to local partners in Haiti since 1984. Their first airlift arrived on the ground Sunday night with $6 million in medical aid for survivors including antibiotics, pain relievers, bandages and trauma supplies.
Convoy of Hope
Overall Rating: 61.50 Efficiency Rating: 39.00 Capacity Rating: 22.50
Convoy of Hope has been in Haiti for three years partnering with local schools and have about 15 employees on the ground now. Since the earthquake they have distributed 160,000 meals. Convoy of Hope was able to deliver food immediately following the disaster because their warehouse 19 miles north of Port au Prince had been fully stocked just days before the earthquake hit.
Doctors Without Borders, USA
Overall Rating: 61.23 Efficiency Rating: 33.73 Capacity Rating: 27.50
Doctors Without Borders has given primary care to an estimated 3,000 people in Port-au-Prince and performed more than 400 surgeries. They have also begun building an inflatable hospital with two operating theaters and 100-bed capacity in an open field not far from the airport. The group has been active in Haiti since 1991 has nearly 750 international and Haitian employees in the country now.
American Red Cross
Overall Rating: 54.62 Efficiency Rating: 36.51 Capacity Rating: 18.11
The American Red Cross has had a team in Haiti since 2004 and currently has 23 employees on the ground. They have set up an emergency camp near the airport where they are distributing blankets, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and other emergency supplies. They have also set up a land and air bridge between Panama, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to speed delivery of aid.