Women’s Organizations for Haiti

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As images of armed men grabbing up food and water in Haiti start to surface, I think it is critical to support not only the general organizations listed in my previous post about ways to donate, but also to think about giving specifically to women’s organizations. (I also think it is important to remember all of the images of fathers, brothers, lovers, and other men who actively helped women escape from the rubble or reach medical help that are being erased by the images of machetes.)

Here are a list of women’s organizations I know of working in Haiti and run by Haitians and/or joint efforts between Dominicans (including those of Haitian descent) and Haitians:

  • MUDHA – an org I have worked w/ in the past (site is in Spanish)
  • Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees call (718) 735-4660
  • Global Fund for Women: will be giving aid through Haitian Women’s Organizations with whom they are partnered see list here (click red icon on their page to give)
  • Madre
  • Quixote Center

UPDATE ORGS

  • http://www.SendaNurse.org (gives money to get volunteer nurses to Haiti)
  • http://www.NationalNursesUnited.org (if you are a nurse & want to help, register here)
  • Charity Water is sending donations via Partners in Health on Tuesday – they are taking feminine hygiene products (along w/ blankets, tents, basic meds, & water) DONATE IN PERSON 200 Verick Street New York

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees is accepting the following donations at their offices in New York

– Ace bandages, gauze pads, bandage & tape
– Water purification tablets & Rehydration salts
– antibiotic and antifungal (Mycology) creams
– anti-allergy medication (i.e. Benadryl)
– anti-parasite medication
– Tylenol; children’s Tylenol
– cold and cough medicine
– diarrhea medication
– eye drops
– insect repellent
– hydrogen peroxide
– skin disinfectant spray
– Toothpaste and tooth brushes
– soap and deodorant
– sanitary napkins
– brand new under wear – adult (small & med.) and children sizes
– Nutritional bars, fruit & nut bars, cereal bars (NO CANNED FOODS PLEASE)
– Tea Light candles & quality batteries (AA & D)

EVENING DROP-OFF HOURS ARE MON. & WED. 6:30-8:30 P.M.

HAITIAN WOMEN FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES
335 Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY (this is not a mailing
address) (718) 735-4660
Please use rear entrance on Lincoln Road between Nostrand and New York
Avenue. Enter through St. Francis Church parking lot

DAYTIME DROP-OFF HOURS ARE MON. – FRI. 11:00-4:00 P.M.
@ FLANBWAYAN HAITIAN LITERACY PROJECT
(718) 774-3037 208 Parkside, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226

3 thoughts on “Women’s Organizations for Haiti

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  2. I was disheartened though not surprised at how quickly the reports shifted from the suffering to the incidences of civil unrest. The news broadcasts kept saying they were isolated and not widespread yet the images and reports of such comprised nearly 80 percent of the segment.

    As the civil unrest escalates which is likely as the food and water situation becomes more desperate, no doubt women will be disproportionately affected. Do you know if this organization has a Miami/South Florida partner?

    • I’ve been shocked as well, espec how the sympathies & thus the footage shifts from reporter to reporter even on the same station; for instance, just now MSNBC ran a show talking to U.S. born, FL based, relief workers in Haiti about their ongoing work & then Chris Matthews came on saying “it’s getting so dangerous we’re dropping food from the air” with footage of police with draw guns. It’s ridiculous.

      More info on orgs: MUDHA (located in the Dominican Republic) is partnered with Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees which is located in NY. I believe the rest of the organizations also all have headquarters in NYC but they work with Haitian run-Haitian serving women’s organizations in Haiti (ie they were started by Haitians for Haitians before the quake) and quixote has a specific women’s service org that they started in Haiti that is staffed by both internationals and Haitians. Hope that helps.

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