Rebuilding Haiti: Two Organizations That Could Use Our Donations

Rebuilding Haiti: Two Organizations That Could Use Our Donations

Tammy Everts
Jan 29, 2010

We recently told you about the funds that many Etsy sellers are trying to raise for Haiti relief. If you're still looking for places to give, you may want to look into two non-profit organizations that are hard at work addressing the immediate and long-term problems of housing the estimated two or three million people displaced by this devastating disaster.

Habitat for Humanity has been working with Haiti for more than 26 years and will continue to serve the people there in helping to rebuild. Right now, HfH is distributing recovery starter kits to help families make immediate repairs and construct temporary shelters.

The next phase will be cleaning up the debris, before taking on the monumental task of building transitional shelters (aka "core shelters"), basic homes that can be inhabited quickly and added on to later.

Architecture for Humanity is an aid organization that focuses on helping with both short-term housing solutions and large-scale reconstruction issues. One of AfH's key goals is ensuring that children in disaster-stricken areas are provided with schools — which are a community anchor — as early as possible.

Right now, AfH is in the fundraising stage, after which they will send a team to Haiti to create a central base for working with partners on the ground. Plans for the next three years include directing volunteer efforts in damage assessments, safety training and basic building training. They will also provide sustained, long-term design services to local groups, NGOs and local officials to support the rebuilding process.

How to help:

(Images: Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker)

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