I want to start by saying thank you. In times of tragic disasters like the earthquake in Haiti last month, our team becomes focused on getting funds into the hands of locally-led nonprofits as fast as possible. You and hundreds of other supporters of the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund make this possible. For that, we cannot thank you enough. Within one week of the earthquake, we sent emergency grants to five incredible partner organizations on the front lines of delivering critical aid to communities across southern Haiti.
Here is a brief overview of our vetted nonprofit partners in Haiti that have received our first round of emergency grants:
Lambi Fund of Haiti is another Haitian-led organization providing water, food, and other essential supplies to communities in the South of Haiti. The Lambi Fund of Haiti has been a trusted GlobalGiving partner since 2008 and was also heavily involved in responding to the 2010 Haiti earthquake!
Health Equity International runs the St. Boniface hospital in Fond des Blancs, a hospital run and led by Haitian people. Thankfully, the hospital did not experience severe damage from the earthquake and could treat critically injured patients transferred to the hospital from surrounding cities and towns right away.
Build Health International is rapidly deploying healthcare infrastructure in areas most affected by the earthquake. The nonprofit's primarily Haitian team of engineers, architects, logisticians, contractors, electricians, and plumbers have mobilized to ensure hospitals' structural safety and send supplies, specialists, and surgeons to people as quickly as possible.
Partners in Health sent a team of doctors to Les Cayes to treat patients and assess surgical needs. The doctors and nurses are part of a team of more than 6,500 people—99% Haitian. With a history of working in Haiti dating back to 1986, the organization is committed to long-term disaster recovery after this recent earthquake.
In the coming months, GlobalGiving will continue to send more specific updates, photos, and stories from the organizations powering recovery from within their communities.
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