Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief
Haiti Earthquake

Haiti Organizations Funded

Haiti Earthquake Relief

The Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief was formed immediately following the devastating earthquake that hit the country on January 12, 2010.

In the emergency phase of the relief effort, the Coalition collaborated with the Afya Foundation to ship hundreds of mattresses and blankets, as well as medical supplies to Partners in Health, a local NGO, which distributed the much needed items to earthquake victims. The Coalition also partnered with Chabad to deliver truckloads of food and basic necessities to Haitians on a humanitarian, non-sectarian basis. In addition, the Coalition partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide water, food, shelter, and emergency health care in Port-au-Prince.

To assist the Haitian Diaspora community in the US, the Coalition supported the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in sending disaster certified chaplains to work with local clergy and organizations on arranging programs and services for the spiritual needs of Haitian immigrants with family and friends affected by the earthquake.

In the interim phase of recovery, the Coalition supported the Israeli Trauma Coalition in facilitating a psychosocial support program in temporary shelter settlements in the country's capital. ITC implemented its psycho-social community rehabilitation model, training trainers from local teams to become facilitators, empowering local leadership, and strengthening capacity building and coping resources amongst local community leaders. The program established a network of professional knowledge and support that will contribute to Haiti's long-term rehabilitation.

The Coalition has supported sustainable post disaster development work by funding YouthHaiti's ecological sanitation and improved crop production activities in rural Haiti and partnering with the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), to issue a grant to EarthSpark International to distribute solar lamps and expand clean energy capacity in local communities.

The Coalition has supported two rehabilitation programs to assist victims who suffered debilitating injuries in the earthquake: the Coalition helped BRAC establish and operate a Limb and Brace Center in Delmas to serve the needs of survivors who underwent emergency amputations after the quake. The Coalition also funded the joint program of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Magen David Adom that implemented a physical rehabilitation training program for local staff to provide assistance services to amputees.

Most recently, the Coalition is supporting the construction of a Music and Arts center at Partners in Health/Zamni Lasante's Zamni Beni children's home. The center will expand the capacity and breadth of services being provided to the community of 50 unaccompanied, vulnerable and disabled children who live and attend school at Zamni Beni. The center will be used both therapeutically and recreationally, providing a space for the kids to participate in structured classes and explore art and music freely.