A Statement from Kathy Cloninger, CEO of GSUSA, on the Earthquake
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitians, their friends and families, as they begin the process of managing the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12. We have received numerous calls from Girl Scouts around the country asking how to help.
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.
- The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting donations through its International Response Fund .
- Pan American Development Foundation
The foundation is encouraging people to donate through its Web site atwww.PanAmericanRelief.org.
UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
You can donate to online at Oxfam America atwww.oxfamamerica.org.
- Save The Children
Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate toSave the Children.
- Mercy Corps
Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to: Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208.
- Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics to treat people in Haiti. Donate toDoctors Without Borders.
- The UN World Food Programme
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 throughwww.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
The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti. Donate to theIRC Haiti Crisis Fund
- World Vision
World Vision has more 370 staff members in Haiti.Donate to World Vision.
- United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
This fund is used for emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.Donate online.