There’s a lot going on in the world right now. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Saturday, leaving nearly 1,400 people dead and at least 6,900 injured. The quake also destroyed tens of thousands of homes, blocked roads, and damaged infrastructure.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken control, causing thousands of people to flee. Those who remain face fear and uncertainty. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 550,000 Afghans have been displaced internally since the beginning of the year due to the escalating conflict.
It can be hard to know what to do when the world feels like it’s crumbling. One way you can help is by donating to the organizations below.
Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti
Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne is open in Les Cayes, Haiti, providing wound care and other essential services like clean water. Their experienced team, including doctors, nurses, and program managers, is on the ground in various Hatian communities providing support. The organization has been serving the region for more than 32 years.
Partners in Health works toward making healthcare a human right for all people, especially for those who need it most.They are the largest non-governmental healthcare provider in Haiti. When the earthquake struck, they immediately organized staff and supplies to respond.
Project HOPE is a global health nonprofit working to save lives and deliver programs that improve quality of life. They have deployed an emergency response team in Haiti and are providing immediate health needs like hygiene kits, PPE, and water purification supplies.
Help Afghans in Need
Women for Women International helps women survivors of war and conflict. The nonprofit is providing emergency support to Afghan women as they face grim uncertainty in the midst of rising violence. Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $500k.
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Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2006, Turquoise Mountain works to revive historic areas and traditional crafts and to provide jobs and education to support this mission. They have restored over 150 historic buildings and built over 50 small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. During these turbulent times in Afghanistan, they continue their mission and are increasing their level of support for Afghan communities. They have set up a dedicated fundraising page to help Afghans in need.
CARE works to “save lives, defeat poverty, achieve social justice, and fight for women and girls.” In Haiti, they are distributing emergency aid like tents and clean water. In Afghanistan, they are providing emergency food, water and protection. Due to the extreme circumstances, gifts will be matched dollar for dollar.
Save the Children has been protecting children around the world for more than 100 years. They are providing emergency relief and aid for children and families in both Haiti and Afghanistan.
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Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) provides medical treatment to populations in need. They are currently on the ground in Haiti and continue to provide urgently needed medical care in Afghanistan.
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Caroline Hetzel lives in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago with her fiancé and two dogs. She’s a Tennessee native who likes local breweries, DIY projects, and vintage Pyrex. After graduating from Northwestern University, she spent three years in the San Francisco Bay Area creating videos and content for Brit + Co and Sunset. Caroline loves dogs and has volunteered at PAWS Chicago and supports Second City Canine Rescue, where she adopted her second dog Foggy.