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Secular Organizations Aiding Haiti

Posted by libhom Thursday, January 14, 2010

map of HaitiIf you share the desire to help the Haiti relief effort, but don't want to have your donations used to promote religion, there are relief organizations which are secular and therefore inclusive. Here's some of them.


CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Direct Relief International
Direct Relief was established in 1948 and is nonsectarian, nongovernmental, and apolitical. All the programs are provided in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, or ethnic identity.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.

Partners in Health
At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.

Yele Haiti
Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005.

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  1. TomCat Says:
  2. Libhom, those are great choices. I made small donations (that I wish could be larger) to CARE and Doctors without borders.

  3. Cirze Says:
  4. Care has long been my favorite charity for exactly that reason.

    Thanks for your fine reporting.


  5. Christopher Says:
  6. This is a humanitarian disaster on a massive scale.

    Port-au-Prince will be in ruins for a decade -- maybe longer. Rebuilding a nation as poor as this will take the assistance of the world.

    Meanwhile, let's donate and get these poor souls as much help as possible.

  7. Oso Says:
  8. very good job libhom.

  9. Way to go, Lib!

    I understand that it's probably better to send $$ than water, food, & clothes (which take longer to get there), but it's great to know a-religious recipients.




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