As you have probably seen, the images of the devastating earthquake in Haiti are heartbreaking. The last 48 hours and the coming days continue to be critical to relief efforts. While we have lost many UN friends and colleagues, the UN will stay on the front lines of the relief effort during this critical period.
At the UN Foundation, our team has joined these relief efforts, committing $1 million in aid to Haiti already, and is working with the United Nations to coordinate relief efforts through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
We know that as Nothing But Nets supporters, you are committed to helping others. If you would like to help, you can donate to the UN Foundation for the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which will deliver urgent medical care, food, and water to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
The CERF provides immediate assistance during crises and coordinates relief efforts on the ground. The time between an appeal for assistance and disbursement of funds can be long. This delay costs lives. The CERF fills a critical gap, allocating funds within hours of an emergency — coordinating aid, reducing gaps and overlaps, and avoiding wasted resources.
The UN and the UN Foundation are committed to Haiti’s recovery. Thank you for being there with us.
Update from Haiti: Our own Dr. Dan Carucci (VP, Global Health at the UN Foundation) is delivering medical supplies in Port-au-Prince.