R.E.A.C.T. Haiti Earthquake
On January 12th, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck 17km south-west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands are feared dead, many more are injured, and unknown numbers are still buried under the rubble. The entire capital appears damaged or destroyed, including several hospitals and the main UN building. This situation requires coordinated response efforts to assist in the most timely and effective manner. Global Hand has information and partnership opportunities for those wanting to engage.
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“Partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed in which the core competencies of both parties are valued and leveraged. Though financial contributions may sometimes be easier for humanitarian actors to accept and use, humanitarian action would benefit significantly from access to the expertise, resources, and global, regional, and local networks of the private sector.”
[Source: WEF/OCHA Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action]
Several organisations within the Global Hand community and beyond have responded to this situation. Those indicated below with a ( * ) are Global Hand verified NGOs.
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You are welcome to place an offer of freight, human resources, funding or goods on the Global Hand site. Verified Global Hand members will be able to respond to your offer and use it in an appropriate and responsible manner. Please indicate in the description of your offer that you would like to respond to the Haiti Earthquake.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS (information sourced from UN OCHA situation reports & BBC News):
- Medical services and supplies
- Clean water and water purification tablets
- Food (e.g. high-energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals)
- Logistics and telecommunications.
- Emergency shelter
FOR YOUR REFERENCE
Further links you may find helpful regarding the Haiti Earthquake.
- Global Hand guide for community groups
Global Hand has produced a guide to help community groups respond to disaster with appropriate action.
Reuters humanitarian news website which contains regularly updated information regarding current crises.
- ALNAP Lesson Papers
ALNAP has published a number of relevant papers.
- How Can My Company Help? – A Guide for Country Managers in Responding to Natural Disasters
This resource is intended to help companies prepare for a local corporate response to crises in their country or region. The guide includes information on building partnerships with relief agencies, assessing on-the-ground needs and identifying the products and services a company may be able to donate.
- Interaction Members responding
Interaction members accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to those affected.
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Website provides information concerning IFRC humanitarian activities.
ReliefWeb is a United Nations website providing information to humanitarian relief organisations. Updated daily, the website includes press releases, policy documents and situation reports regarding current disasters.
- ReliefWeb Map Centre
United Nations website containing detailed maps of the affected regions.
- Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response
The Sphere Project sets out minimum standards for four sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; food security; nutrition and food aid; and, settlement and non-food items and health services. The cornerstone of the handbook is the Humanitarian Charter which describes the rights of people affected by disasters.
- WEF/OCHA Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action
The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have devised this set of principles to guide public-private collaboration for humanitarian action (disaster response).
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If you would like to discuss a response to the Haiti Earthquake further, feel free to contact us:
Phone: +852 2272 9390 for Hong Kong office, HQ (Katey Kenworthy)
+44 1892 614874 for UK office (Ben Solanky)