By: Valeria Ricciulli
The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew left more than 350,000 in immediate need of humanitarian assistance, according to a UNICEF statement.
“This is the worst storm Haiti has seen in decades and the damage will no doubt be significant,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “Water-borne diseases are the first threat to children in similar situations – our first priority is to make sure children have enough safe water.”
Last year, ProPublica and NPR published an investigation on the Red Cross and how they failed to fulfill their promise to rebuild Campeche, a Port-au-Prince neighborhood, even after raising half a billion dollars. This is why some donors might be hesitant to donate to the Red Cross, especially now that Haiti is in pressing need of humanitarian aid.
Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, provided a list of local and community-led organizations that people can donate to. A lot of the organizations she listed are schools or educational institutions: “When a school, however small, has been a trusted part of a community for a long time, families will look to that place for immediate and ongoing support in rebuilding after a disaster like this,” Danticat explained in a Facebook post.
According to a recent press release, the Gaskov Clergé Foundation was appointed by the Mayor of Les Cayes to be responsible for collecting all disaster relief funds and facilitating relief efforts by the Haitian Diaspora. The organization, with an office in New York, provides scholarship as well as development and health resources to Haitian locals and Haitians living in the U.S.
Friends of PDI’s mission is to raise funds to combat illiteracy in Grand’Anse, Haiti through education, the construction of schools, and programs that foster children’s capacity to be productive adults.
St. Anne provides free meals to impoverished communities and provides financial support for children’s education.
Located in the Fort-Royale area, this school provides quality free education to local children ages 3 to 4. Donations are being accepted now to rebuild the school.
Fonkoze, with offices in Washington D.C., provides financial development, education, and health services to the community.
Lambi is a grassroots organization that offers environmental and development support in rural communities.
Flying Haiti’s mission is to “empower communities through sustainable development by providing access to educational opportunities.”
Saint Boniface provides health care, education, and community development in rural Haiti since 1983.
PRODEV provides educational services and youth rehabilitation to various communities in Haiti.