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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776

UPDATED: Haiti Relief Fund Allocations

The Reform Movement has raised more than $1.2 million for Haiti disaster relief. Learn how funds have been allocated by our partners on the ground:

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AFYA FOUNDATION - $18,000 (February 2010)
Afya Foundation partners with hospitals and health care organizations to collect and distribute medical supplies, equipment and humanitarian supplies. Funds were used to cover the cost of sending one forty-foot sea freight container loaded with $150,000 worth of supplies to Haiti.

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
AJWS is an international development organization, dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world through partnerships with grassroots organizations including those listed below.

  • MOSCTHA $30,000 (January 2010) Through AJWS, funds were provided to MOSCTHA, the Socio-Cultural Movement of Haitian Workers to distribute weekly personal hygiene supplies to more than 5,000 families in rural areas. MOSCTHA was a previous recipient of Union relief funds during the hurricane season several years ago.
  • FONKOZE - $50,000 (April 2010) Fonkoze is an alternative micro-finance institution for the rural poor. With our support, Fonkoze rebuilt six destroyed community banks, including one near Petit Goave, and reestablish its program: rehiring employees, providing loan forgiveness to those in need and those who passed away in the earthquake and offering start-up capital for small businesses. *This project serves Petit Goave and the surrounding area.

AMERICARES - $25,000 (February 2010)
AmeriCares sent emergency airlifts to Haiti which included antibiotics, hospital supplies, primary care medicines, children's products and water purification tablets. Shipments were distributed to existing hospitals, temporary field hospitals and makeshift clinics treating survivors.

CHF INTERNATIONAL - $75,000 (May 2010)
CHF International recognized that the most effective way to support the community was to rehabilitate an eroded road: laying pavement, positioning cobblestone to prevent erosion and adding much-needed drainage canals. The project created 100 short-term jobs, eased accessibility within the area and is leading to longer-term commercial investment. *This project serves Petit Goave and the surrounding area.

DIRECT RELIEF INTERNATIONAL - $25,000 (January 2010)
DRI requested funds to hire a Haiti Emergency Response Coordinator to manage DRI’s supply distribution, site assessment and overall coordination with partner agencies: Partners in Health and Damian Pediatric Hospital.



Following the earthquake, GHESKIO became a refugee camp and an emergency field hospital for thousands of disabled patients. With requested funds, two steel-framed dome tents with heavy vinyl coast were built to serve as rehabilitation centers with electric lighting, running water, a kitchen and toilets. GHESKIO is the key provider of medical care for the HIV/AIDS orphanage supported by URJ Temple Beth El of Hollywood, FL.

HAS serves as the primary health center for over 300,000 Haitians. HAS is located in the Artibonite Valley, where the population is estimated to have risen 15% post-earthquake.

  • $48,000 (October 2010) Following the earthquake, malnutrition rates quickly became a serious concern – especially for youth. To address this issue, HAS requested funds to create an outpatient Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit to provide children with two healthy meals a day as well as programming and educational courses for mothers.
  • $50,000 (November 2010) Funds supported the creation of a specialized cholera treatment facility as well as the distribution of medication, water purification products and latrines to local villages.
  • $50,000 (May 2011) In addition to the clinical care provided at HAS health centers and mobile clinics, HAS coordinates a network of community health workers who travel through the remote mountainous regions for home visits. To both deliver supplies to their multiple health centers and reach remote villages, HAS requested funds to purchase a 4-wheel drive vehicle, able to endure the stress of the area’s rocky roads and transport large volumes of supplies efficiently.

IMC works to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services.

  • $116 ,111 & $19,000 (February 2010, May 2010) In response to emergency health care needs, IMC BoatIMC established one mobile clinic and one static clinic. The mobile boat clinic serves coastal villages not easily accessible by land by ferrying medical supplies and health professionals to these at-risk, under-served communities. IMC requested an additional $19,000 to purchase a 22-foot fiberglass boat, as their current boat was not safe to operate in the rough waters of the rainy season. *This project serves Petit Goave and the surrounding area.
  • IMC Banner$50 ,000 (November 2010) IMC distributed medicinal supplies and additional medical teams to their clinics to address the growing cholera epidemic.
  • $25,000 (May 2011) IMC’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program increases access to safe water and sanitation infrastructure in Petit Goave and Jacmel through the construction of permanent latrines, washrooms and proper waste management. The building of additional facilities expand upon the WASH program, which has already built 300 latrines and washrooms, currently serving 14,000 individuals, as well as provided community hygienic training programs to 5,000+ community members in these communities. *This project serves Petit Goave and the surrounding area.

IRD mobilized an emergency response team to provide rapid response and assessment, refugee camp management, food and water provision and distribution of medical supplies. Funds provided emergency sanitation, hygiene materials and emergency shelter to over 1,400 displaced persons residing in Leogane.

IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

  • $25,000 (January 2010) IRC, in collaboration with local partners, provided general emergency response assistance including: rehabilitation of damaged clinics, establishment of mobile clinics, distribution of food, water and water storage containers as well as basic shelter materials including sheets, blankets, hygiene items and roofing sheets. This allocation was made through the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a convening body of all Jewish organizations engaged in Haiti relief efforts.
  • $50,000 (November 2010) IRC’s hygiene promotion campaign launched in over 30 displaced persons camps to help prevent the spread of cholera. This initiative trained 160 community hygiene promoters, living in camps, to educate the community on prevention and protective measures.

ISRA-AID - $10,000CAD (January 2010)
The Canadian Council for Reform Judaism funds were directed to the United Israel Appeal Canada for its support of IsraAid, the coalition of Israeli NGO disaster relief specialists. IsraAid was part of the large-scale Israeli relief effort, setting up a temporary field hospital, treating 500 patients a day and taking part in search-and-rescue missions.

MAZON - ALBERT SCHWEITZER HOSPITAL - $30,000 (February 2010)
Within Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger coordinated and distributed sacs of drinking water, dried foods, charbon (cooking coal), dish soap and utensils to over 500 patients and their families each day immediately following the earthquake.

MERCY CORPS  - $25,000 (February 2010) Mercy Corp
Mercy Corp's Cash-for-Work program advances post-disaster clean up by providing cash resources in exchange for labor to help individuals address their own immediate needs. Collaborating with local organizations and the government, this program helps communities effectively make the transition from emergency aid to long-term recovery and self-sufficiency.

PARTNERS IN HEALTH (PIH) -$50,000 (October 2010)
With a widespread on-the-ground rural health network, PIH moved quickly to address the cholera outbreak through treatment and prevention measures. Taking a three-pronged approach, PIH focused on treating the infected, mounting a massive community sanitation outreach campaign and building a long-term prevention solution by focusing on the supply of clean water to impoverished communities.   

ProDev, the Progressive and Development Foundation, is a Haitian organization working to further the field of education throughout Haiti.

  • $51 ,200 (April 2010) Immediately following the earthquake, ProDev provided temporary educationalProDev Temp School programs to youth living in displaced persons camps. Funds were used to purchase books, train local teachers, construct make-shift tent classrooms and run the school program for over 2,000 children for three + months.
  • $75 ,000 (August 2010) Additional funds were provided to allow ProDev the opportunity to continue operating their temporary education programs for several more months. Pro Dev Children 2
  • $50 ,000 (May 2011) Moving from temporary relief to long-term sustainability, ProDev’s efforts focus the building of a large school campus in Zoranje to serve as a model educational center to be replicated across the country. The campus includes two primary school buildings, four Pro Dev School Compoundkindergarten classrooms, a full canteen/kitchen and a middle school. ProDev requested funds to help build the campus’s community center, which includes a library, open-air theatre, adult education courses, youth programming, computer lab and health clinic.


Project Papillon is an orphanage in Port-au-Prince for children with HIV/AIDS, supported by Hollywood CARES, a project of URJ Temple Beth El of Hollywood, FLGenerator

  • $12 ,000 (May 2010) In the summer of 2010, Project Papillon opened a community center to provide recreational and educational activities as well as psychological trauma counseling. Funds were used to purchase a diesel generation and computers for the center.
  • $25,000 (May 2011) Funds were requested to cover the cost of hiring operational staff for the community center through March 2012. The community center now includes adult training programs, after-school activities for youth, a cyber café, library and trauma counseling services.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. In coordination with other UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, UNICEF responds to the emergency needs of women and children in Haiti.

  • $25,000 (January 2010) General funding will provide basic medical and health supplies, kitchen kits, water purification tablets, sanitation supplies, tarpaulins and tents for temporary shelter.
  • $40,000 (October 2010) With our funds, UNICEF begin a three-year pilot program to build two model schools which will provide 1,500 children with quality education, increase the number of over-aged children participating in alternative learning activities and provide training to 2,000 teachers and community leaders. In all, over 200,000 students have been served by this program.

UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION - $25,000 (January 2010)
The UN Foundation, the Union's partner in our Nothing But Nets campaign, worked with the United Nation's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to coordinate the distribution of medical services and supplies, clean water and sanitation access, emergency shelters, food delivery and infrastructure rehabilitation.

*ADOPTED REGION: Petit Goave and the surrounding area
Petit Goave is an impoverished coastal town 42 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, believed to be the epicenter of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. As such, it experienced tremendous devastation but has not received sufficient funds and attention. The Union has concentrated some relief efforts on rebuilding Petit Goave and the surrounding area.


Bridget Cabibi-Wilkin

January 22, 2010
03:54 PM

Is there a way we can collect hygeine items & send them to Haiti?


Rabbi Marla Feldman

January 22, 2010
05:04 PM

Director of Development, Union for Reform Judaism

Originally posted by Anonymous User:
Is there a way we can collect hygeine items & send them to Haiti?

Most relief organizations are discouraging donations of anything other than funds at the present time. Although the needs are great, there is a bottle-neck of aid getting in and organizations only want to gather what can be properly distributed. The only organization I have heard accepting donations is Afya ( The following information is on their website: "All donations are greatly appreciated, but for maximum utility and safety, ALL DONATIONS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED. Please contact us with a list of proposed donations. E-mail us your list to: or call us at (914) 207-1008." More information is available on their site.


Mimi Facher

January 25, 2010
09:56 AM

Is there a way we can collect and send tents to Haiti? I read this morning that there is a desperate need.


Rabbi Marla Feldman

January 26, 2010
10:55 AM

Director of Development

Originally posted by Anonymous User:
Is there a way we can collect and send tents to Haiti? I read this morning that there is a desperate need.

It is great to hear that so many people want to do so much to assist Haiti. You are correct that there is a need for tents along with so many other things. Most relief agencies, however, prefer to get tents from their own suppliers that meet their own specifications and most relief organizations are discouraging donations other than financial right now. That being said, the Afya Foundation (see my prior comment for contact info) does have tents listed on their website list of items they are collecting, but be sure to contact them directly before initiating a collection drive to confirm what they can actually use. Be sure to budget into your project the cost of getting whatever you collect to Afya's headquarters in Yonkers, NY and consider whether that would be a cost-effective initiative for your congregation. And if possible, find out what it will cost Afya to ship the tents to Haiti so they don't have to raise funds from others to ship your donations. I'm sure they would appreciate that added support. Thanks for your enthusiastic support of Haiti during this crisis! RMJF


Gus Kuhn

February 4, 2010
04:26 PM

Partners in Health

I was glad to see that some of the URJ monies are going to Partners in Health. It's an excellent organization.



February 8, 2010
08:36 AM

So URJ didn't do anything, it just sent money to other places. Did URJ take a percent before the money was allocated to other places


Rabbi Marla Feldman

February 8, 2010
10:47 AM

Director of Development

Originally posted by Anonymous User:
So URJ didn't do anything, it just sent money to other places. Did URJ take a percent before the money was allocated to other places

You are correct that the Union for Reform Judaism does not have field staff on the ground to provide direct assistant the way other organizations, like Direct Relief International or Doctors Without Borders, do. The Union does not take any percentage for overhead or administrative expenses. We do, however, take the direct costs that we incur, such as credit card fees. This information is noted clearly on our website (, where the allocations are also listed. We work collaboratively with the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief and other partners to review and vet proposals from relief organizations to be sure the funds entrusted to the Union are used appropriately for disaster relief efforts in Haiti. By coordinating a fund on behalf of our congregations and members, we are able to do something much more significant in the name of the Reform Movement than each of us individually might do. Other Jewish organizations collecting funds for Haiti operate similarly, including local federations, other religious streams and most national Jewish organizations that do not maintain field staff for disaster relief.


Marsha Epstein MD

March 6, 2011
08:20 PM

<dl><hr/><dt>Originally posted by Anonymous User:</dt><dd>Is there a way we can collect hygeine items & send them to Haiti?</dd><hr/></dl>
When we send things from out of the country it does not provide jobs and rebuild infrastructure that purchasing things locally would do. Things that cannot be created locally, such as medicines are good to provide after a disaster, but usually there are specific needs and relief organizations can purchase them in bulk. Medicines have to be kept at specific temperatures to maintain effectiveness, so direct purchase assures that temperatures have been maintained. So it's always better to send money.


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