Our thoughts go out to all the families, friends and colleagues who have been affected by the tragic earthquake that has devastated Haiti. As Girl Scouts, our motto of being prepared has never been more poignant in light of the tragedy in Haiti. Our Council has received many calls of concern wanting to know how girls and troops can help.
Please read this important message from GSUSA CEO Kathy Cloninger regarding the suspension of GSUSA’s policy on fundraising for outside organizations:
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the National Board suspended the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations. We are working with the Executive Committee of the board to suspend this policy once again. We will keep you informed of any action. In the meantime, all Girl Scouts councils should work though their local community groups to assist in relief efforts.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has issued a list of organizations that are accepting donations for relief efforts. I have included the list below. WAGGGS is also reminding all Girl Scouts that the theme of World Thinking Day this year is “ending extreme poverty and hunger.” The tragic events in Haiti can clearly serve as a way to educate our girls about the issues of extreme poverty and hunger throughout the world.
It is at times like these that Girl Scouts throughout the world come together in sisterhood and to take action to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and I know that all of us in Girl Scouting will do everything we can to help Haiti and its people in the weeks and months ahead.”
Click on the links below to donate or learn more information about ways you can help through these trusted organizations.
- The American Red Cross is accepting donations through its International Response Fund.
- Pan American Development Foundation is encouraging people to donate through its Web site at http://www.panamericanrelief.org/.
- UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
- Oxfam has an online donation system at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/.
- Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate to Save the Children.
Mercy Corps Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to:
Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund
PO Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208
Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics to treat people in Haiti.
- The UN World Food Programme is gathering all available resources to deliver food to the recently homeless and impoverished in Haiti. Donations can be made through https://www.wfp.org/donate/haiti
- CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince to assist in recovery efforts. It’s focusing its efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed. Donate to CARE
- The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.
- World Vision has more 370 staff members in Haiti. Donate to World Vision.
- United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is a fund used for emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.
This catastrophic event provides us with the opportunity to have important conversations with girls about being prepared for natural disasters. Please take a moment to look at the Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness patch program. This program introduces girls to the concept of emergencies and preparedness, and gives them tools to take action for preparedness efforts in their community and with their families. You can find the patch program at www.gscnc.org/patches.html.
Thank you for your concern for those who have been devastated by the Haiti earthquake.