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How You Can Help With Hurricane Rescue and Relief Efforts

October 7, 2016

In response to the devastation caused in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean by Hurricane Matthew, many international and U.S.-based aid organizations are actively working on rescue and relief for those affected.

Please read below for information on various organizations providing relief in the region and to learn how you might help:

The University of Notre Dame is not formally endorsing any of these organizations listed. You are free to donate to any charity you choose. This listing is a partial listing of the many organizations accepting contributions to relief, development, and assistance with regards to the Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

InterAction is a coalition of 200 U.S.-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations who work together to coordinate relief efforts and who have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.  

InterAction has developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters, and published their Standards for Public Volunteering Organizations.

Click here for a listing of InterAction member organizations who are responding to world wide crises.

Catholic Charities USA provides critical disaster services to people of all beliefs. Agencies across the country are constantly monitoring and responding to natural disasters. They are fully prepared to assist families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term needs.

Catholic Relief Services is now responding in some of the most affected areas in southern Haiti. CRS will distribute blankets, kitchen and hygiene kits and other emergency supplies as needed, as well as monitor potential outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

CARE is responding to this devastating storm with clean drinking water, food assistance and emergency supplies such as tarps for shelter, blankets and hygiene kits. CARE is currently providing meals to hundreds of people in evacuation shelters.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee DC can work with trusted partners on the ground to deliver medical relief and coordinate the most pressing healthcare needs facing those impacted by the hurricane.  

Heifer International: Heifer Haiti will be deploying assessment teams to affected communities to provide immediate assistance to our project families in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Oxfam International has rapidly set up an evaluation team to assess damages to infrastructure and the impact on communities.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will immediately begin working alongside established partners to respond to this latest crisis. Immediate response will help provide essential food, water, and supplies for impacted communities and villages. As long-term recovery needs are determined, PDA will continue to support those in impacted areas to ensure a comprehensive recovery.

Save the Children’s emergency teams, in coordination with the government other aid agencies, will work with staff and partners on the ground to assess the immediate needs and help children and families affected.

UNICEF had prepositioned emergency supplies with national authorities to reach up to 10,000 people. Additional water and sanitation supplies, such as water purification tablets, water bladders and plastic sheeting, have been dispatched to the most affected departments in the westernmost tip of Haiti. Humanitarian needs assessments are under way and additional relief supplies will certainly be needed as the full impact of the hurricane becomes clearer.

The World Food Programme is mobilizing staff and resources to provide humanitarian assistance after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Tuesday (4 October).

World Vision staff in Haiti began distributing blankets, toiletries, and bottled water to Port-au-Prince families displaced by the storm. World Vision had prepositioned relief supplies such as tarps, blankets, water containers, and hygiene kits to quickly assist impacted families.

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