Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

We Can Do Better for Haiti: Sign the Petition for Better Aid Distribution and Transparency

Sign Petition here to Demand Transparency and Improved Aid Distribution

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  • Watch the compelling video below on the conditions in the IDP camps.

The world responded generously to Haiti’s earthquake, immediately donating over $2.5 billion, with another $1.2 billion pledged, even before the March 31 UN Donor’s Conference. This works out to over $1,000 per earthquake victim. But over two months later, hundreds of thousands of Haiti’s earthquake victims live without waterproof shelter, eat once a day or less, and do not receive adequate medical care.

As of March 24, the UN estimates that over 330,000 people needing shelter had not received any shelter materials. For over 75% of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who do receive help, “shelter materials” means tarps, not waterproof tents; Nearly half of the respondents in a late February survey of IDP camps reported having received no food aid (Neglect in the Encampments: Haiti’s Second Wave Humanitarian Disaster, Mar. 23, 2010); and Earthquake victims complain that they have not been consulted regarding earthquake response planning or execution.


The governments and NGOs entrusted with the world’s generosity need to respond more efficiently and effectively to Haiti’s earthquake. This means better coordination among aid providers, more transparency about where and how they are spending our money, and more participation of earthquake victims in the planning and execution of earthquake response projects.

Please sign the petition below by clicking here to let those who have received your charitable contributions and tax money know that you still care enough about Haiti to watch where your money is going.


Daniel Wordsworth (President and CEO, American Refugee Committee), Josette Sheeran (Executive Director, World Food Programme), Hon. William Jefferson Clinton (UN Special Envoy to Haiti), Jakob Kellenberger (President, International Committee of the Red Cross), The Honorable Beverly J. Oda (Minister of International Cooperation, Canada), Richard Stearns (President, World Vision U.S.), Jean-Michel Severino (Director General, Agence Française de Développement ), Richard Dreiman (President and CEO Chemonics International), Douglas Alexander, MP (Secretary of State for International Development, UK ) and Dr. Rajiv Shah (Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development)

Petition Text

I sign this petition to express my great concern that ten weeks after Haiti’s earthquake, and despite over $2.5 billion generously donated to Haiti’s relief efforts (over $1,000/earthquake victim), too many earthquake survivors live without basic shelter, food and healthcare.

Although I appreciate the heroic efforts that many individuals and organizations have made to respond to the earthquake, it is simply unacceptable that over 330,000 – over a quarter of the displaced in Port-au-Prince – have not received shelter materials, and over half report not receiving food aid. Earthquake victims report that they are not consulted by relief agencies, or involved in the distribution of aid.

As a donor and a taxpayer, I am insisting that the governments and NGOs entrusted with the world’s generosity respond more efficiently and effectively to Haiti’s earthquake. This means:

  1. better coordination among aid donors and providers;
  2. allowing more participation of earthquake victims in the planning and implementation of earthquake response projects; and
  3. more transparency about where and how Haiti earthquake funds are spent.

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

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