When he was two years old, a boy was abandoned on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A concerned citizen found the toddler and brought him to the Reach Out to Haiti orphanage.
Three years later, that little boy joined our family through adoption. Our family’s heart ties to Haiti are strong; last week’s earthquake jolted us to the core of our being.
Many people have told me they want to donate to organizations they can trust to deliver relief supplies directly to Port-au-Prince, with minimal red tape and administrative costs.
This non-profit organization provides ongoing relief, in addition to assisting the adoption of Haitian children. (We adopted our son through them and have heard reports that several families who were waiting to adopt have received their child since the earthquake.)
The orphanage was damaged during the quake, but thankfully, everyone is safe. Here is a list of urgently-needed items:
Food: baby food/cereal, peanut butter, tuna or canned meat or stew, powdered milk or formula, granola or protein bars, spaghetti-type pasta (is most compact for packing) farina and oatmeal, bagged walnuts, raisins, dried fruit and trail mix.
Medical supplies: large gauze and dressing, bandages, surgical tape, antibiotic/burn ointment, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, ace bandages and any splint/brace type supports.
Diapers, baby wipes, powder and oil are also always needed.
Here is a page that explains how to donate.
This non-profit organization does disaster relief all around the world and provides air support for Reach Out to Haiti. Since its inception in 1978, AMM has traveled around the world, bringing medical supplies, food, clothing, and the Vortex Voyager TM water purifier to those in need.
You can follow Air Mobile Joe as he blogs from Haiti about the relief efforts.
CAMA, a non-profit relief and development organization, is partnering with sister organizations already in Haiti to provide immediate assistance – including clean water, emergency shelter, medical aid, and other necessities—as well as long-term help in rebuilding efforts.
On behalf of the entire Rich’s for the Home family, I thank you for doing what you can to contribute toward relief efforts in Haiti.