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InterAction Members Respond to Hurricane-Impacted Communities in Haiti and Cuba

Washington, DC—The recent hurricanes have brought about humanitarian crises in Haiti and Cuba.
Twenty-seven InterAction member organizations are responding to needs with emergency medical, food,
shelter, water and hygiene supplies. Many InterAction members are partnering with local organizations to
provide aid.

Needs assessments are not complete for either country, but estimates are that 800,000 people are in
need of aid in Haiti; 400,000 have been affected in Cuba. In addition to destroyed homes and
infrastructure, crops have also sustained significant damage.

A regularly updated list of agencies responding will be available at:

InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by
overseas disasters:

InterAction is a coalition of more than 165 US-based private relief, international development and refugee
assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure
accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

ActionAid International
Strategic Crisis Fund
1420 K Street NW, Suite 900 Catholic Relief Services
Washington, DC 20005 Severe Weather Fund
202-370-9912 P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
ADRA International
Emergency Response Fund
12501 Old Columbia Pike CHF International
Silver Spring MD 20904 8601 Georgia Avenue #800
1.800.424.ADRA (2372) Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-587-4700
American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
JDC Cuban Hurricane Relief (CRWRC)
PO Box 530 Hurricanes 2008
132 East 43rd St. 2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
New York, NY 10017, Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600
212-687-6200 1-800-55-CRWRC

American Red Cross Church World Service
Haiti Relief and Development Fund Caribbean Hurricanes, Appeal Number #6761
P.O. Box 37243 28606 Phillips Street
Washington, DC 20013 P.O. Box 968
1-800-RED-CROSS Elkhart, IN 46515 1-800-297-1516
Ananda Marga Universal Relief team
6810 Tilden Lane Episcopal Relief & Development
Rockville, MD 20852 "Hurricane Relief Fund"
301-984-0217 P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
(800) 334-7626 ext. 5129
Baptist World Alliance
Designate “Caribbean Relief”
405 North Washington Street Floresta USA
Falls Church, VA 22046 Haiti Hurricane Relief
1-703-790-8980 4903 Morena Blvd., Ste. 1215 San Diego, CA 92117
800 633 5319
Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233 Giving Children Hope/Global Operations for
412-321-3160 Development 8332 Commonwealth Ave
Buena Park, CA 90621
CARE 714-523-4454
151 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
1-800-521-2273 Global Links
Cuba Hurricane Relief
4809 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor Plan USA
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 155 Plan Way
412-361-3424 Warwick, Rhode Island 02886 800-556-7918
Habitat for Humanity International
Haiti Hurricanes Save the Children
121 Habitat Street 54 Wilton Road
Americus, GA 31709 Westport, CT 06880
1-800-Habitat 1-800-728-3843

Hands On Disaster Response United Methodist Committee on Relief
P.O. Box 546 Haiti Emergency
Carlisle, MA 01741 PO Box 9068
617-312-2999 New York, NY 10087 1-800-554-8583
International Relief Teams
Haiti Hurricane Relief World Concern
4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G Hurricane Response
San Diego, CA 92120 19303 Fremont Ave N
619-284-7979 Seattle, WA 98133 1-800-755-5022
Lutheran World Relief
P.O. Box 17061 World Vision
Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 P.O. Box 9716
1-800-597-5972 Federal Way, WA 98063 1-888-56-CHILD
Operation USA
3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A
Culver City, CA 90232

Pan American Development Foundation
1889 F Street, NW 2nd Floor
Washington DC 20006
(800) 941-0114

ActionAid International
1420 K Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005 202-370-9912
(September 10, 2008) A major relief effort is needed in Haiti after two tropical storms, Gustav and Hanna,
hit the Caribbean’s poorest nation in less than a week. Raphael Yves Pierre, director of ActionAid in Haiti
and the Dominican Republic, said: "The whole country is under water and Hanna has devastated crops
everywhere. A coordinated response for immediate relief is necessary now. But the government and
international community also need to get serious about prevention so that damage on this scale does not
happen again." ActionAid is providing food, water, shelter and emergency medical supplies throughout
Haiti and working to build resiliency within these struggling communities so they can fare better in future

ADRA International
12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring MD 20904 1.800.424.ADRA (2372)
(September 10, 2008) In the aftermath of the recent hurricanes, ADRA is assisting hundreds of people
displaced in the hard-hit Ouest Department in Haiti by providing hygiene kits and basic food items such
as rice, beans, and cooking oil, in addition to mattresses and shelter materials to affected families in
eastern Jamaica. ADRA is accepting financial contributions to help the communities in distress.
Donations can be made securely at or by calling 1-800-424-ADRA

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
PO Box 530, 132 East 43rd St., New York, NY, 10017, 212-687-6200
(September 10, 2008) The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is accepting donations to assist
the victims of the hurricanes in Cuba.

American Red Cross
Haiti Relief and Development Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013, 1-800-RED-CROSS
(September 10, 2008) The American Red Cross is helping people affected and displaced by the series of
hurricanes that struck Haiti over the last week. Three American Red Cross disaster workers—including
its Relief Emergency Response Unit—are currently on the ground leading damage and needs
assessments, distributions of essential relief supplies and coordination efforts with the Haitian Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is also mobilizing emergency relief supplies—hygiene kits, buckets, mosquito
nets and kitchen sets—to assist 15,000 people. The American Red Cross is evaluating additional
response options, which may include providing more supplies, disaster workers or cash assistance to
help the thousands of people affected by the hurricanes this season.

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team
6810 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD 20852 301-984-0217
(September 10, 2008) AMURT is providing food for people in Gonaives and the Anse Rouge area in
coordination with the World Food Program and UN peacekeepers.

Baptist World Alliance
Designate “Caribbean Relief”, 405 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046,1-703-790-
(September 10, 2008) BWAid has sent an initial $10,000 aside for Hurricane Relief. Assistance will be
given through our member bodies and/or other Baptist entities with whom we work.

Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-321-3160
(September 10, 2008) Brothers Brother Foundation, working with colleague agency Food for the Poor,
initially is send three 40 foot cargo containers of new clothing and Crocs shoes (over 25,000 pairs) to
those in need in Haiti. Additional donations of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and other humanitarian
aid will be sent.
151 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 1-800-521-2273
(September 10, 2008) In Cuba, CARE is still in the assessment phase to determine how best to provide
support to relief efforts. CARE’s supports long-term development and emergency response in Cuba
through local partners, in cooperation with government and local authorities. CARE responded in Cuba in
the aftermath of Hurricanes Charley (2004), Ivan (2004-05), and Dennis (2005); and Tropical Storm Noel
(2007). In Haiti, CARE is supplying immediate relief items such as water, high energy biscuits, canned
fish and hygiene kits, to shelters and families in Gonaives. In the medium term, CARE plans to
implement a cash-for-work program for cleanup of mud and debris; work with local authorities to repair
the city’s water system and other damaged infrastructure; support small entrepreneurs; and provide
psychosocial support and support to families to send children to school.

Catholic Relief Services
Severe Weather Fund, P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 877-HELP-CRS
(September 10, 2008) CRS has raised over $700K towards identified needs of $2.5M for our relief effort
in the Caribbean. We've distributed 9 tons of food and 9 tons of water, as well as 2000 hygiene kits in
Haiti. We are working with a partner Caritas Cubana to those in need in Cuba. Our partner says that the
immediate needs are ready-to-eat foods, hygiene supplies, bedding (mattresses), kitchen utensils, and
transportation costs.

CHF International
8601 Georgia Avenue #800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-587-4700
(September 10, 2008) CHF International, humanitarian assistance and development organization, aims to
provide shelter and aid to the stricken population of Haiti.

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)
Hurricanes 2008, 2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600, 1-800-55-CRWRC
(September 10, 2008) The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is responding to
hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hannah, and Ike in Haiti with an initial $40,000 in food supplies and tin roofing
sheets to 3,000 hurricane survivors. CRWRC will respond in Gonaives, Port-au-Prince, Petit Goave,
Cayes, Jacmel, Fort Mercredi-PaP, Croix des Bouquettes, and Meyer, ranging from the North to the
Southern coast. CRWRC's long-established partners in Haiti are community development organizations
and Christian churches who support congregations and communities throughout Haiti. All partners report
damage in their program areas.

Church World Service
Caribbean Hurricanes, Appeal Number #6761, 28606 Phillips Street, P.O. Box 968 Elkhart, IN
46515, 1-800-297-1516
(September 10, 2008) Church World Service is responding by supporting long-term partners in the region.
The initial CWS response includes sending a $10,000 rapid response grant to our partner Christian
Center for Integrated Development (SKDE) in Haiti for immediate relief efforts. Partners in Haiti have
requested 5,000 CWS Hygiene Kits; 5,000 CWS School Kits; and CWS Blankets. CWS also expects to
provide assistance to the Cuban Council of Churches, a partner for whom we have long provided material
resource support. A response by CWS and its member denominations on the islands of Turks and Caicos
is also possible.

Episcopal Relief & Development
"Hurricane Relief Fund", P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058 (800) 334-7626 ext. 5129
(September 10, 2008) In response to recent hurricanes, Episcopal Relief & Development is monitoring
the needs in Haiti and other hard-hit countries in the Caribbean. Partnering with the Diocese of Haiti’s
Development Office, Episcopal Relief & Development is delivering aid to more than 1,000 people in the
southern part of the country and providing assistance in the northern part of Haiti to affected populations
in response to Hanna and Ike Episcopal Relief & Development is working with local partners in the
affected areas to distribute food, medical supplies, clothing and seeds for planting.

Floresta USA
Haiti Hurricane Relief, 4903 Morena Blvd., Ste. 1215, San Diego, CA 92117, (800) 633-5319
(September 10, 2008) Floresta USA is urgently seeking funds to provide emergency assistance to
thousands of hurricane victims in Haiti. Our local partner, Floresta Haiti has requested $112,000 to benefit
rural farmers by replacing lost livestock, distributing seed beans and undertaking emergency soil
conservation measures. These funds will be put to immediate use to alleviate the tremendous destruction
and suffering caused by the recent hurricanes.

Giving Children Hope/Global Operations for Development
8332 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621, 714-523-4454
(September 10, 2008) Giving Children Hope is collecting donations for hurricane victims and is planning
on sending relief to the most damaged regions in Haiti. Monetary donations are currently being accepted
at to procure disaster relief items. Giving Children Hope is a faith-based nonprofit
organization dedicated to alleviating poverty (domestically and abroad) through disaster relief, health and
community development, vocational training and advocacy. For more information, visit

Global Links
Cuba Hurricane Relief, 4809 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 412-361-3424
(September 10, 2008) Global Links is accepting financial contributions to support relief shipments of
medical aid to hospitals and health institutions in Cuba affected by Hurricane Gustav and Ike. Gifts in kind
of packaged current medical supplies and equipment are being accepted, but only with advanced
clearance by GL staff.

Habitat for Humanity International
Haiti Hurricanes, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709, 1-800-Habitat
(September 10, 2008) Habitat for Humanity is assessing the shelter and housing needs created by the
storms and will work with local and partner organizations to help families and communities rebuild homes.

Hands On Disaster Response
P.O. Box 546, Carlisle, MA 01741, 617-312-2999
(September 10, 2008) Hands On Disaster Response is sending an experienced assessment team to Haiti
to determine how we can most effectively bring our volunteer driven model to bear on the needs created
by the series of hurricanes that have hit the country.

International Relief Teams
Haiti Hurricane Relief, 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120, 619-284-7979
(September 10, 2008) International Relief Teams is working with local partners in Haiti to provide
medicines and relief supplies to communities adversely impacted by the recent hurricanes. IRT has
already sent more than $100,000 in medicines to local partners, and is preparing to send another air
shipment of more than $250,000 in medicines and relief supplies.

Lutheran World Relief
P.O. Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832, 1-800-597-5972
(September 10, 2008) Through the ACT international alliance, LWR is providing relief assistance in the
West and South East departments of Haiti. Assistance includes providing access to clean water and
hygiene supplies, medical assistance and additional support targeted to vulnerable groups.

Operation USA
3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232, 800-678-7255
(September 10, 2008) Operation USA is providing medical supplies, water purifiers and shelter materials
thru partners in Haiti and Cuba. Gifts in kind are being accepted of medical supplies, water purification
equipment, energy generation equipment, shelter materials

Pan American Development Foundation
1889 F Street, NW 2nd Floor Washington DC 20006, (800) 941-0114
(September 10, 2008) PADF is collecting cash donations for immediate relief in Haiti and Cuba. PADF's 7
offices in Haiti are coordinating and distributing urgently needed supplies (food, water & shelter). More
assistance is needed and more is on its way to the island. After the relief effort, it will participate in the
recovery operations. For Cuba, PADF is accepting cash donations. PADF has a license to offer
humanitarian aid.

Plan USA
155 Plan Way, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886 800-556-7918
(September 10, 2008) Plan has already sent US $150,000 to Haiti from our emergency disaster fund to
begin immediate relief efforts: Providing emergency medical relief — in particular, providing medicinal
supplies to three health centers for around 20,000 people; Supporting efforts to prevent the spread of
disease; Providing psychotherapy assistance to traumatized children; and Providing basic school
supplies. Immediate assistance will be concentrated on the needs of children and families in the worst-
affected areas; however, in the longer term, we’ll be assisting with the rebuilding of homes and other
community buildings and the restocking of farms with livestock and agricultural supplies. The most
seriously affected Plan areas are in the south east of the country, where Plan was the first organization to
begin relief work, helping 1,000 homeless people in eight shelters and ensuring that they had access to
food and clean water.

Save the Children
54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880, 800-728-3843
(September 10, 2008) Save the Children is assisting children and families affected by extreme weather in
Haiti, which has seen landfall of three tropical storms since the middle of August. Extensive heavy
flooding was reported in the following cities where Save the Children provides programs: Jacmel,
Gonaïves and Hinche. The situation is particularly serious in Gonaïves, where flooding has paralyzed the
city. The agency sent a team to Gonaïves to assess immediate needs and plan for a long-term response.
Save the Children is working to reach displaced children residing in shelters in Gonaïves and Jacmel. The
agency will establish child-friendly spaces to help address children’s emotional and educational needs
and to provide a protective environment.

United Methodist Committee on Relief
Haiti Emergency, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087, 800-554-8583
(September 10, 2008) UMCOR continues to assess the situation in Haiti. Emergency relief kits and
materials will be distributed to displaced people and to orphanages in Cap Haitien. UMCOR Haiti is
offering a variety of assistance packages to families including long term access to potable water, cash for
work activities to help clean up the affected areas, school kits, cook stove and building materials. UMCOR
Haiti is exploring working with the World Food Program and Christian Aid to distribute health and hygiene

World Concern
Hurricane Response, 19303 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133, 1-800-755-5022
(September 10, 2008) World Concern has a large long-term presence in Haiti, supporting both
development and disaster relief programs. Our staff are providing food and non-food items to affected
families, and rebuilding agricultural infrastructure. Orphans and vulnerable children in project areas are
being monitored closely and provided additional support. Loans from World Concern's micro-enterprise
program are being rescheduled. Gifts in kind are accepted, but only bulk foods in large quantities, such as
beans, oil, sugar, grains and powdered milk.

World Vision
P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063 1-888-56-CHILD
(September 10, 2008) World Vision has provided 10-day food rations to about 450 families on the island
of La Gonave in Haiti, and 1,100 hygiene kits to displaced people in the Central Plateau, and clothing and
shelter materials to 300 families in Jean Denis, Haiti. World Vision plans to scale up its relief efforts in the
week ahead in close coordination with the United Nations and other humanitarian groups in Haiti. The
agency plans to distribute 40 metric tons of food in the city of Mirebalais, along with 150 hygiene kits and
250 cases of water.