Emergency in Haiti

We are all shocked by the devastating news coming from Haiti. The American Refugee Committee will stand by them as they work to survive this tragedy and rebuild their country.

Our emergency response team is on the ground in Port-Au-Prince.They are doing everything they can to address survivors’ immediate needs: water, sanitation, and shelter.

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Our emergency response team is on the ground in Port-Au-Prince. Resources are scarce in the capital and our approach, as always, is to work closely with and support Haitians as they work to respond to this emergency. Our response team in Haiti is working right now to pull together a team of local staff. Working with local partners is key to our approach in all emergencies and the Haiti response is no different.

Transport within Haiti is challenging, there is no electricity in the city, and cell networks and internet are just beginning to return, but the need is incredibly urgent and the effort is vigorous despite conditions.

Please know that you can always trust the American Refugee Committee to put your money to work. We have been responding to disasters and humanitarian emergencies for 30 years. And 89 cents of each $1 we raise goes directly to help survivors of conflict and disaster.

You Can Help Now:

  • Please make a donation today. Support our emergency response for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.
  • Tell A friend about the emergency in Haiti and let them know we're responding.
  • Haiti Disaster Response Staff and Volunteer Opportunities.
  • Think creatively! And organize your community to help bring relief to the people of Haiti. Our staff are on hand to support you. You can contact Jessica at (612) 607-6480 at any time.

Press Contact: The American Refugee Committee has key staff available for media interviews. Please contact Therese Gales if you are interested in setting up an interview (612)221-5161

Donor Contact: please contact our Donor Engagement Coordinator, Jessica Phinney, at or (612) 607-6480.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE:  The American Refugee Committee is an international humanitarian aid agency that works to help people take back control of their lives.  The partnerships we form with our constituents and supporters provide essential services and economic  opportunities to people who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster.  The organization has extensive experience in disaster relief, including recent responses to the Tsunami in Thailand and earthquakes and floods in Pakistan.  Each year, the American Refugee Committee works with nearly 2.5 million people in Africa and Asia. 

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