For Haiti: What We Can Do NOW

I’ve never been to Haiti, it’s probably one of the poorest countries in the world.  Today, more than ever, I wish I am already there!  Not as a tourist obviously, but as a volunteer doing anything and everything to help the disaster victims of a vicious earthquake.   This is the worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years.

I am willing to do hard labor if needed.   Frankly, I am not good at dealing with blood, guts and bodies but  you know, that’s no reason for me not to do what needs to be done.

Perhaps I can be useful simply as a human being who cares about other human beings in desperate need for our kindness.

On twitter news travels faster than any other medium.    I’ve been following @RAMHaiti (Musician who lives in Haiti) since yesterday (1/12/10) and the more I read his updates the more my heart aches that I’m not already there.

So today and the following days before I get there, here are things I can do to make a difference and you can too!

Before you move on remember this quote from Anne Frank.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Images and Videos

Images without borders:  Images from Haiti (Added 1/27/10)

NYT Lens Haiti through the eyes of a Haitian Photographer (Added 1/27/10)

Samaritan’s Purse – Haiti Relief Effort in Pictures (Added 1/22/10)

Paul McMaster, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeon (Added 1/21/10)

CNN Mile Wide Smile (Added 1/21/10)

CNN- Peter Gabriel’s Heroes Video (Added 1/21/10)

LIFE – Haiti: Just Before the Quake (Added 1/19/10)

CNN Haiti Photos (Added 1/19/10)

WSJ Photo Journal (Added 1/18/10)

The Big Picture from the Boston Globe: 6 days later (Added 1/18/10)

American Red Cross Flicker Photos (Added 1/17/10)

The Big Picture from The Boston Globe (Added 1/13/10)


  • Finding Marc’s Family: Marc Henry Bigot, a Haitian-American living in Miami, headed to Port-au-Prince to rescue his wife and two-year-old daughter. Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon is joining Marc on his journey (Add: 1/19/10)


  • Hands for Haiti hands for Haiti is dedicated to bringing updates about NYC on-going efforts and events that aid in the rebuilding of Haiti (Added 1/28/10)
  • Information about what we can do now from (Added late 1/16/10)

“The average Haitian =$1300/year.   The average American = $47,500/year. This is before earthquake. Give wisely and generously.”    Eugene Cho of One Day’s Wages

  • Check on regular updates from Partners in Health.  They mobilize health care and medical volunteers.    They just published the most immediate needs in the disaster areas. For mail donations, please send to: Partners In Health PO Box 845578 Boston, MA 02284-5578 (Added 1/15/10)
  • PASSPORT: In case you are thinking of volunteering in Haiti down the road, make sure you have a current US passport, unless you hear officially otherwise.  Personally, I would not enter into Haiti or any other country post disaster without it regardless of the capacity in which I enter.    You can apply for it online. (Added 1/14/10)
  • Review the CDC health information (see below as well).  You will need to find a Travel Immunization Clinic in your area.  Usually not covered by your Health Insurance. (Added late 1/13/10)
  • There are many who do not believe in or do not use Twitter or FB. That’s OK>  I have emailed them this link.  PLEASE do the same or any other link regarding the earthquake.
  • Don’t let them stop talking about it.  Be the change you want to see as Gandhi would say!
  • It is absolutely crucial that we keep Haiti in our heart and mind in the days ahead.  Just like any other disasters, once it goes away from the media, let us not forget about Haiti or any other countries and victims of natural disasters.
  • I would also mention that with all disasters while immediate response is crucial and critical,  the long term recovery and rebuilding can last for years.  So be patient as I am trying to be, and we will all be able to be of support to our Haitian neighbors in due time. (Added 1/14/10)

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”  Winston Churchill


  • Check on regular updates from Partners in HealthText GIVE to 25383 to donate $10 They mobilize health care and medical volunteers.    For mail donations, please send to: Partners In Health PO Box 845578 Boston, MA 02284-5578 (Added Late 1/21/10)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) Your support will go directly to the IRC’s efforts helping survivors of the Haiti earthquake cope in its devastating aftermath.  The IRC emergency response team is on the ground in Haiti rescuing lives.   (Added 1/21/10)
  • Donate to Clinton Bush Haiti Fund –  “The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors.   Theye will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families.”  (Added 1/16/10)

  • Donate to One Day’s Wages100% minus any transaction fees. I just asked them to establish a widget.  Once/if they do I will place that on our site and if you have a blog, you can too.
  • Doctor’s without Borders in Haiti (they are already there on scene).  They are now asking for donation to Emergency Relief Funds not just for Haiti but other outside the Media spot light. (Updated 1/16/10)
  • Donate to Concern. They have a a record of 94.4% of their funds going to program activities.
  • Donate through Wyclef Jean a native Haitian who founded in 2005.    Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund  (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit and click on DONATE.  (Added 1/14/10)
  • Reach out to local agencies that are collecting donations. They will need help sorting them, boxing them and shipping them to Florida or Dominican Republic until there is a better infrastructure inside the country.


As the Director of Volunteerism Initiatives, Erin Barnhart, of Idealist.or wrote on YP Nation: While many are willing and able to volunteer today—ready to hop on a plane to Port-au-Prince and lend a hand however they are needed—the reality is there may not yet be appropriate ways for most people to pitch in, especially in the days immediately following a disaster of this magnitude.

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

  • For more information about volunteering inside Haiti please get updates from Volunteer Global (Added Late 1/13/10)
  • If you are so inclined and wish to help ONE individual volunteer, please take a look at Charyn Pfeuffer @Global_Gourmet and The Global Citizen Project. She will move up her departure date to Feb 2, if she meets her fundraising goal.  This is one DRIVEN and GOAL FOCUSED volunteer with an amazing project of working in 12 different countries in 12 months. (Added 1/14/10)
  • Check on regular updates from Partners in Health.  They mobilize essential health care and medical volunteers.     (Added Late 1/14/10)

“If you continually give,  you will continually have.”

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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time.

Vaccination or Disease Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Routine Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG) Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Typhoid Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in the Caribbean, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water.
Rabies Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.


Areas of Haiti with Malaria: All (including Port Labadee).

If you will be visiting an area of Haiti with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following:

  • Taking a prescription antimalarial drug
  • Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites
  • Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets

All of the following antimalarial drugs are equal options for preventing malaria in Haiti: Atovaquone/proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, or mefloquine. For information that can help you and your doctor decide which of these drugs would be best for you, please see Drugs to Prevent Malaria.

To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria risk information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.

59 thoughts on “For Haiti: What We Can Do NOW

  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to each of you for coming by and contributing. Please spread the word and share additional information not already included here so we can add it to our list. Thanks again. We apologize we are unable to respond to individual comment but we appreciate you all the same.

    Let’s continue to give voice to the people Haiti, today and in the many, many days ahead.

  2. There are many ways in which a person can contribute to helping out Haiti. Images Without Borders has organized photographers to donate photos for sale to art buyers with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders – a very trusted aid organization active in Haiti and around the world. If you are a photographer and would like to contribute contact Stacy at or If you are an art buyer, collector or enthusiast go to

    1. John, what an amazing project. I love it. I will include this in our list of information for sure. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this resource. I love how the community is coming together to share relevant information. This is perfect, exactly as we intended.

  3. Thank you very much for your information. I didnt know any thing about Hiati untill now with everything that has been happening. I will certainly spread the word, God bless.

  4. Very cool idea and thank you for all the information! May you generate lots of donations because every single one makes a difference.

    I do know that Starbucks is also collecting donations and you do not have to purchase a drink in order to do so. The only thing is that not all Starbucks are doing this so it is best to check with their site or call before going to the store.

    If I come across anything else, I will be sure to let you all know!

  5. I applaud your efforts to spread the word and help raise funds for Haiti. As for myself, I am anxious to see if the idea of airlifting children out of Haiti actually takes shape. (The news reports I saw over the weekend indicated that the idea stems from the airlifts that were done in Cuba long ago.) If the airlift out of Haiti actually happens, my family stands ready to assist, and will help care for a child for however long it may be needed.

    My agency, Celebrations International Travel, supports orphanCare International’s humanitarian aid programs for children. The orphanage and hospital that orphanCare International works with in Haiti are in need of gasoline to run the generators, as well as food. The reason the gasoline is so important is because the generators keep everything running, including life-saving machines at Hope Hospital.

    Please consider donating to orphanCare International’s efforts in Haiti by clicking on the link below:

    Thank you,

  6. My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy. I would like to thank you for doing all that you can to raise awareness and helping those in need. I would also like to thank you for giving information on how to help out, so I could help as well. You are truly an inspiration.

  7. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen for those wanting to help. Please keep us up to date on your plans. It’s going to be a long recovery for Haitians.

  8. Great to see the travel community doing their part in this tragedy of epic proportions. A news leaks out, it seems the death toll will rise into 6 figures and it will take years or decades to recover. Saying that, the Asian tsunami was also of massive proportions and took a huge toll on life and property but has progressed well since that tragic moment. With everyone’s assistance, Haiti will similarly recover. (Twitter: @travelwonders)

  9. Hi guys, it’s been great seeing you really take on an activist role for Haiti. If we all do our small part when the need arises, the world will be a better place.

  10. This is a wonderful concept. Follow you on Twitter, too: @elkhorninn
    (And thank you finding an alternative charity to the Red Cross and for NOT throwing money at them until we know for sure that this time- for once- they will do right with it.)

  11. Way to go, friends. Watching the images on the news and being horrified is not enough–we need to step out and Do Something. Thanks for leading the way… Also, Costco is accepting Red Cross donations–very easy to add $2, $20 or $200 to the effort.

  12. Thank you for gathering like minded people who deeply care and want to help. We support the many grassroots and professional organizations who are leading the way in dealing with Earthquake Relief in Haiti. Your love, caring and compassionate invite others to get more involved. Warmly, Michelle @DrMichellexo

  13. Well done Got Passport for coordinating your efforts by providing really useful information for people interested in helping the Haiti disaster.

    I see one of the Charties you mentioned is ‘Concern’ which is an Irish organisation. A found a link to an interview with Brid Kennedy Regional Director which is very insightful which I have posted on my blog along with some other info.

    Also some other Irish Charities worth mentioning are the following is Haven who last year coordinated over 250 volunteers to Haiti and have done a huge amount to help communities in need.

  14. I think it’s a great thing you are doing. I can’t match everything but you and others have inspired me to do what I can. Thanks and I’ll help spread the word.

  15. My wishes go out to the quake victims and their families.
    I hope that with the worlds help that they will be able to recover some of what they have lost.
    Remember every dollar counts donate even if its just a little, it’s still something.

  16. I love Doctors without borders and regularly support them, but I understand that they are saying they have all the money they can use for Haiti and any money given now will go into other projects. The other projects need our help, too, but I think that people who want to help with Haiti should be aware of that.

    Thanks to you guys for your help and your compassion.

  17. You guys are amazing!!! Such kind hearts so giving. It’s really inspiring to see you so passionate doing what you can to help these people who started off with almost nothing and have now been left with nothing as a result of this terrible tragedy. It really is heartbreaking to see the footage on the news and it’s so easy to feel helpless when a tragedy of such large scale happens. This post really gives hope in how doing anything no matter how small contributes towards a much larger cause!!!

  18. Thanks A and J (M too!) for your time and dedication putting together this great resource!

    Tonight we received word that pharmacists are needed for the relief effort (and were more than happy to sign up!). I’ll keep you posted for the when/if we are going…

    If there are other pharmacists out there reading this who would like to help, here is the information from the American Pharmacists Association:

    “The United Nations is coordinating the Dominican Republic effort. JetBlue and Spirit Airline are transporting teams of health professionals from New York City airports. Physicians are already on the ground in the Dominican Republic, and they need pharmacists to assist them. The Dominican Republic is providing safety, housing, and team coordination. The recovery effort is expected to last 6 to 9 months.

    Those interested in volunteering for the relief effort should e-mail the following information to Kathleen Kelly of the Global Action Foundation at name, date of birth, gender, passport (if U.S. citizen) or alien card number, e-mail address, telephone number, specialty, length of time available, and possible departure and return dates. Kelly is also available by telephone at 610-608-8460 for answering questions about volunteering.

    Pharmacists are needed for 2-week stints at aid centers being set up in the Dominican Republic that will serve refugees and victims of this week’s earthquake in Haiti. For those unable to commit that amount of time away from home, financial contributions to organizations such as the Red Cross are an excellent means of immediately helping those affected by this disaster.

    The Dominican Republic, the second largest Caribbean nation after Cuba, shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. American relief efforts within Haiti are being coordinated by the U.S. Departments of State and Health and Human Services. Many of those displaced by Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake are fleeing to the Dominican Republic, and teams of health professionals are arriving to provide acute care to earthquake victims and maintenance medications to refugees fleeing the disaster in Haiti and its capital, Port-Au-Prince.”

    Thanks again for helping spread the word. Your compassion is inspiring!

    Lisa Chavis, RPh

    1. Lisa, so wonderful to see you here. will definitely spread the word about this need for Pharmacists. I have a few friends in the medical center who will have access to many.

  19. This is a terrific resource, I don’t twitter .. . but I will re-post a link to this at 29 gifts and email it to a few I know won;t see it any other way. It is heartening to see that there are a lot of people who understand that this is a long-term recovery process. Everything we can do to keep this in front of people is good.

    You ROCK!

  20. It’s great to see the response here and see a type of community come around this tragedy. There may be some bad things that come about from social media like that chick who keeps wanting me to get a free laptop on Twitter, but things like this far out trump it. I think the talk on the news doesn’t even scrape the service, so even the smallest thing we can do, even if it’s not being there in person will have effects that reach further than our individual lives.

  21. Not sure what qualifies as “meaningful”, but anything that can potentially send money is worth a comment!!
    Follow me on twitter, and look at the list I’ve created called “haiti” – lots of supporters, ppl on the ground – you probably have most already… @MelyMello Keep up the great work!

  22. Hi I am a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant and I would love to work as a volunteer in Haiti. I emailed and asked to see if I can .

  23. What a fantastic post!!! Great, great information here! I’m also following you on Twitter – and think you’re doing a great job to spread the news and keep information flowing. It’s going to be a long haul. Well done!

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  25. Lots of great info here, and I’m so glad to see people getting so enthusiastically involved! The response over at Matador has been overwhelming. Also, I never heard that Anne Frank quote before, but I’m pretty sure it’ll stick with me forever.

  26. This is so sad. My heart goes out to the victims. Hopefully we can all pull together and send them support. Who knows, maybe one day this could be us and we would want some help as well.

  27. This does seem a natural disaster of epic proportions. Like the tsunami in Asia, this will take many years to recover from. It is reassuring to see the travel community do their part in trying to assist Haiti in their hour of need.

  28. Thank you so much for compiling this very useful post and for including me and my volunteer project it. It’s people like you and resources like this that help make us feel like there *is* something we can do to help the people of Haiti. Thank you.

  29. It’s the worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years! The wealth gap is astounding, they have the lowest GDP and skyhigh poverty rates. And while it’s important to help them now, it’s also important not to forget them later. 🙂 Great post GotPassport family!

  30. it is CRITICAL we not stop talking about this. change your facebook status, your tweets, send mass text messages. There are still people who do not even know this horrible tragedy has occurred. Texting is SO easy. Give $10 by texting Haiti to 90999.

    1. It is absolutely critical. I agree. thanks for chiming in! good tips. For those who do not have text capabilities, email is the way, which I have done as well. I am a bit hesitant to give to Red Cross which is why it is not included here.

      Good to see you here Brandy!

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