After we battened down the hatches in south Florida and escaped the clutches of Hurricane Matthew, we looked on as the results of Haiti’s hurricane experience was devastating. Absolutely devastating.
I personally am always skeptical about how to best to reach out and help, given that we hear about corrupt organizational leaders in non-profits. I want to make sure my dollars are going to those who need it. Fortunately, my questions were answered on the American Psychological Association’s Trauma Psychology, Division 56 listserv. I wanted to share those answers with you. Elizabeth F. Louis, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services College of Education at the The University of Georgia. Elizabeth is from Miami and her parents are from Haiti. Elizabeth specializes in research on natural disasters and mental health. She shared an extensive list of trusted resources in Haiti. So please take a look and help out in whatever way you can. My favorite part of being in the human race is when we do incredible things for each other in our most desperate times of need.
Grassroots Organizations to Consider
Global Trauma Research, Inc
Through our capacity building initiative, GTR has trained hundreds of doctors, nurses, educators, and religious leaders in Haiti in the past few years via our Haiti Trauma Project for such a time as this. We are therefore mobilizing all our support on the ground, and will help Haitian Natives recovery as swiftly as possible. Specifically, GTR will be on the ground providing mental health first response/ psychological first aide:
Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation INC, a 501 (c)(3) registered Non-profit organization with volunteers from all over the United States and Haiti. The inspiration for Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation came from the work that Evanne “Man Dodo” Lozama dedicated her life to helping make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Haiti:
Haitian American Caucus – Haiti
Located in Croix-Des-Bouquets, Haiti. Providing shelter to over 150 displaced families, as well as food, water, and minor medical care.
Haitian American Caucus- Haiti, Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. 1,394 likes · 5 talking about this. Enabling the people of Haiti to take control of their…
Located in Les Cayes, Sud, Haiti. Providing basic needs such as hygiene and emergency kits featuring flash lights, water purification tablets, as well as food, and steel panel roof reconstruction.
Located in Petit Goave, Haiti. Providing short term and long term road construction, water, and education. Community2Community (C2C) is a 501c3 non-profit, service organization dedicated to creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community.
Located in Grand Goave, Haiti. Providing short term shelter to over 50 displaced families.
Di m’ ki sa ou renmen, m’a di ou ki moun ou ye.
Tell me what you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.