WISCONSINREPORT.COM (01/14/2010) - People in the United States and in countries around the world are looking to assist in the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti. Many are unable to actively go to the country to help in digging out citizens from under the rubble of the buildings, but money and goods are needed to help survivors cope with being without lodging, food, water, and other basic needs. InterAction has a list of member organizations online that accept donations.
Several of InterAction’s 190 member organizations are working to provide humanitarian assistance in Haiti as it copes with the after effects of its worst earthquake in 200 years.
Full reports of casualties, damage and needs are not yet available. InterAction is coordinating with member organizations— many with years of experience working in the country—to determine who is responding to the crisis and how.
InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters. For more information about appropriate disaster relief volunteering offers, visit the Center for International Disaster Information.
InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction’s more than 180 members work in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular.
InterAction’s comparative advantage rests on the uniquely field and practitioner-based expertise of its members. Throughout the developing world, InterAction members help expand opportunities, exercise leadership in conflict prevention and respond to natural disasters.
InterAction works with its members to compile data on their impact around the world and bring the values and experience of the NGO community into the broader development and humanitarian assistance conversation.
Private support for members, including donations from individuals, totaled nearly $6 billion in 2006, and members received several billion from other sources including the federal government.
InterAction pledges to leverage the impact of private support by adhering to high standards of accountability and by insisting that policies and programs are responsive to the realities of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.
Samuel A. Worthington is InterAction’s President and CEO. His long-standing commitment to the interconnected missions of international development and humanitarian action began long before his appointment to head InterAction.
Prior to InterAction, Samuel Worthington was the CEO of Plan USA; served on the Board of Directors of InterAction as Vice Chair, PVO Standards and Membership Committee Chair, and co-chaired its Commission on the Advancement of Women.
A regularly updated list of organization's that are participating in aid for Haiti and accepting donations to help in the post-earthquake crisis can be found on the internet at this address: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti.