Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Press Release on 10/22 Hurricane Matthew Relief in Dorchester

October 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Massachusetts Haitian American grassroots coalitions organize to respond to Hurricane Matthew Contact: Nesly Metayer (HAU), 617-283-2080 The Haitian Americans United Inc. (HAU) in collaboration with the Haiti Development Institute (HDI), and several community partners are coordinating a concerted response to the level 4 Hurricane that battered Haiti between October 3rd and 4th. Their goal is to respond to the emergent needs of affected communities in the short and long-term, while making sure the voices of the Haitian-American diaspora are included in the reconstruction effort. Hurricane Matthew dealt a severe blow to Haiti’s already weakened and fragile infrastructure, leaving a disastrous trail of flooded cities and towns and displaced residents who are facing major public health challenges, particularly in the Southern part of the country. Close to two weeks after the powerful storm first made […]

American Red Cross donations and local organizations

After the 2010 earthquake, many donors were pained to learn how little of their contributions actually went to Haiti. The American Red Cross was a prime example, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. “The reputation of the Red Cross in Haiti is very negative,” Nicole Phillips of IJDH said. In the same way consumers “shop local,” the solution is to give local. Rather than donating to foreign NGOs with high overhead costs to help Haitians after Hurricane Matthew, Edwidge Danticat and others advocate for organizations based in Haiti. Nicole Phillips, who lives in Haiti, said, “By giving money directly to the Haitian network, you’re cutting out a huge sum of cost that otherwise would have to pay for the middleman, for plane tickets, accommodations, et cetera  — it’s going directly to Haitians.” Local organizations, and NGOs with a proven track record, are […]

Haitian Education & Leadership Program Suggests Haitian Organizations for Matthew Donations

    Dear Friends,   While HELP staff, students and infrastructure were spared as Hurricane Matthew veered westward before it hit Haiti on Tuesday, many of you have by now seen pictures of the devastation that the storm brought to southwestern Haiti.  We have several students and staff from that area and at least one staff member’s family home was destroyed.   HELP students are mobilizing to provide relief to the communities in the South.  Jeremie native Nepthaly PIERRE-LOUIS (HELP class of ’17) will be bringing food and other supplies to the Grand’Anse tomorrow with The Association of University Students of the Grand’Anse. HELP has donated $500 to this effort and HELP staff have raised an additional $100. Other students will be heading to their hometowns in the south and southwest. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.   If you […]

NYT call for cholera justice, deportation suspension, and cautious generosity

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, people around the globe are eager to help victims of the hurricane in any way they can. The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the need to donate cautiously, and to organizations with a legitimized history of helping Haitians on the ground. The Board also analyzes the need for the next UN Security General, António Guterres, as well as member nations, to take up the UN’s obligation to eradicate cholera in Haiti, once and for all. Haiti’s New Catastrophe The Editorial Board, The New York Times October 7, 2016   Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs […]

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