Many in Massachusetts, with direct ties to the country or not, may be wondering how they can help during this difficult time.
For those who do have family members there, they’ve been forced to standby, and hope for their safety and recovery from injuries.
“My brother lost his house,” Marie Forestal, a Mattapan resident, told The Boston Globe. “And my niece got hurt, and my brother got hurt. Not too bad, because they tried to run. My niece fell and hurt her leg. But they’re OK, my family’s OK.”
The earthquake comes weeks after Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at home in early July.
“The question is now, what is happening to Haiti?” the Rev. Garcia Breneville told the Globe. “Do we have a curse on this country, where nothing can work in this country?”
Breneville said he spent 17 years as a priest in Haiti. He spoke about having hope.
“You cannot be down,” he told the newspaper. “You have to bring hope, so say can hope against all hope. We have to hope. And the nearer the dawn, the darker the night.”
For those who want to help Haiti, here’s a list of organizations, some based in Massachusetts, that are helping the country recover:
If you’d like to add a resource to the list below, please email us with the name and link at [email protected].
Partners in Health, which works under the name Zammi Lasante in Haiti, is mobilizing clinical teams to be sent to Le Cayes, the epicenter of the earthquake. Worker also are planning on transporting trauma victims out of the area and to its sites about 150 miles away. The organization has a “Donate Now” button on its home page, and to make direct donations, people can designate in a comment that they want the funds to go to earthquake relief.
The Boston Foundation has set up a specific fund to go to relief for the earthquake, according to its website. The fundraiser page notes that the foundation created the Haiti Development Institute following the 2010 earthquake. It makes grants to local nonprofits, holds events as a civic leader, and also helps organizations with training and other needs.
Freedom Fighter’s Coalition and Violence in Boston have teamed up to collect essential supplies for earthquake victims and ship them to Haiti, according to The Boston Globe. A GoFundMe has been set up for those who want to make financial donations.
The Be Like Brit Foundation runs Brit’s Home, an orphanage in Haiti. It operates in memory of Britney Gengel, a 19-year-old from Rutland who died in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti while on a mission trip. While it is not currently involved in relief efforts, the home survived the earthquake and accepts donations.
Based outside of Massachusetts
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti adviser Brian Concannon shared a list of organizations that are based near where the earthquake did the most damage.
Medical Teams International, based in Portland, Oregon, is fundraising to provide food, water, and medical kits to those in need. The organization specializes in responding to disasters and refugee care and is currently planning its response. The organization has responded to other disasters in Haiti, including the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Free Wheelchair Mission has provided more than 15,400 wheelchairs to those in need in Haiti in the past and is fundraising to continue to provide them, along with medical supplies, following the earthquake.
Stay up to date on all the latest news from Boston.com