About the Emergency
Since mid-September 2022, worsening security conditions in Haiti—marked by increasing gang violence, attacks on civilians, widespread gender-based violence, kidnapping, and looting—have exacerbated food insecurity and protection needs, pushed people from their homes, and impeded deliveries of life-saving humanitarian assistance, including in response to a widespread cholera epidemic.
USAID activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in October 2022 to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to the complex emergency. This team is on the ground assessing and identifying priority needs, as well as coordinating with humanitarian partners and other U.S. agencies to deliver critical humanitarian assistance to people in need. More information on the U.S.government’s humanitarian activities in Haiti can be found here.
How You Can Help
Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. Below are organizations responding in Haiti.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four Americans volunteered for an organization at least once during the course of a year. However, there are a few things that would-be disaster volunteers should stop and consider before getting on a plane.
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