My thoughts are with the people of Haiti who are now suffering with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. Reports coming out of the region are of devastation of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Death tolls are on the rise.
The entire infrastructure of Haiti’s fragile government is in ruins. The parliament building has collapsed, as have schools and hospitals. UN officials have been killed, and the Catholic Church is reporting the death of priests.
The most urgent need is for money to supply the organizations on the ground doing the aid work with the supplies that they need. There are many ways to channel money. AJWS has a good track record of getting money to the right places in earlier disaster situations. It is where I will be giving my donations.
Some more information for Canadians who want to contribute to these critical relief efforts:
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Haiti Disaster Relief Fund https://www.ujadonations.com/login.asp?destinationsite=donations&destinationid=33 has already advanced $45,000 to IsraAid – I believe their team is already on the ground in Haiti.
Montreal’s Federation CJA also has a fund and is working with local and international partners: https://www.federationcja.org/en/haiti_fund/.
Both are great organizations and are listed here http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100113/national/haiti_earthquake_how_to_help as reputable Canadian organizations seeking support for relief efforts in Haiti.
It is also possible to donate through the CCRJ (Canadian Council of Reform Judaism) which will be a part of the URJ relief effort. Call 416.630.0175.
Even more specifically, To make your tax-receipted financial donation through the CCRJ, please call Sandra Levy at 416-630-0375 ext. 223 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.