Haitian Relief Effort

Caring is a way of life for our members. Not unexpectedly, APTA has received many inquiries as to how members can pitch in and help those in need in Haiti. This page will be updated as the situation evolves, needs change, and information becomes available. If you have information you would like to add, please forward it to Emilio Rouco in APTA's Public Relations Department.

Also, be sure to view the resources compiled by the Global Health Special Interest Group (GHSIG) (formerly CCSIG, Cross-Cultural & International Special Interest Group) of APTA's Section on Health Policy. The GHSIG is very much involved in monitoring and providing the latest information on crisis situations such as the earthquake in Haiti.

Disclaimer: APTA does not make any representation about the options listed herein. APTA urges its members to use their best judgment and thoroughly investigate any relief effort or group before donating their money, time, or material goods. The inclusion of a relief effort/group below shouldn't be construed as an endorsement by APTA. (Users can also review the site Disclaimer and Terms & Conditions.)

Here's how you can help the Hatian relief effort:

Donate Money

Please note: There are many groups raising money for Haiti. Many are reputable, but some may not be. Whenever you make a donation it's prudent to take steps to ensure the money you are giving will be used for the intended purpose.

Donation options include:

Give to the American Red Cross
Here are the three best ways to give to the American Red Cross' Haitian relief effort:

  • Make a quick donation of $10 via text by texting the word HAITI to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill.
  • Send a check, made out to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, directly to them with "for Haitian Relief" written in the 'note' line. Checks should be mailed to American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.
  • Donate to the American Red Cross' International Response Fund online.

Give to Crudem Foundation/Hôpital Sacré Coeur
Hôpital Sacré Coeur, in Milot, Haiti, is run by the Crudem Foundation, a federally designated tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of earthquake related funds received to date have been spent. The 73-bed hospital has expanded to accommodate 500 patients in the aftermath of the earthquake, in addition to serving 225,000 people in a 12-mile radius. It is a small organization but cares for approximately 65,000 inpatients each year. It has an outpatient clinic, full maternity services, a pediatric wing, a complete laboratory, pharmacy, and nutrition center. Regular visiting medical surgical teams and other volunteers supplement the permanent Haitian staff of more than 300. Please visit our Web site: www.crudem.org or visit us on Facebook at CRUDEMHaiti. 

Give to Global Therapy Group
Global Therapy Group was founded in 2010 by Donna Hutchinson PT, and Jo Ann Roberts PT, to bring sustainable rehabilitation services, therapy education and employment opportunities to Haiti. The offered services are provided free of charge and, due to limited resources, we have occupied several different locations from April 2010 until January 2014. Thanks to the generous support of The American Red Cross, Global Therapy Group completed construction of our own clinic in Port-au-Prince on January 31, 2014. Rehabilitation services are provided by our Haitian Clinic Manager, Rehab Tech and volunteer therapists from around the world. Our patient population includes children and adults, orthopedics, neurology (with a high volume of CVAs), developmental disabilities, trauma, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering with Global Therapy Group see below listing.

To make a donation to support the clinic, educational services and Haitian salaries please visit www.globaltherapygroup.org.

Give to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
Dr. Gulas has asked that we donate to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, a local medical facility that is caring for many of the earthquake victims. If you would like to donate to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, you can do so on their Web site at www.friendsofhas.org. APTA has made a donation on behalf of membership to help the hospital.

Give to Health Volunteers Overseas and the Advantage Program
The Advantage Program Rehabilitation Clinic is located at Centre de Sante Lumiere in Les Cayes, Haiti. APTA member June Hanks, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS, CLT, is the director of the program and asking for donations towards limbs for those who tragically lost them in the earthquake. The clinic's Step Forward and Reach Out program has teamed with Health Volunteers Overseas to raise funds to provide limbs for those who lost them in the earthquake. 

Please visit www.firstgiving.com/haitirehab to learn more about the partnership and how you can donate. Donations are tax deductible.

Founded in 2005 by APTA member Nancy Malone, PT, Hands of Light in Action (HOLIA) sponsors annual 2-week volunteer trips to help children and adults in 3 Haitian villages -- Fond Parisean, Miracle Village and LeTante. Since 2001, Malone has volunteered her time, energy, and spirit to those in need. Her efforts started after the September 11 terrorist attacks during which she volunteered at Ground Zero. She then traveled to help the victims of Katrina, the Iowa Flood, Minot, North Dakota Flood, and the earthquake in Haiti.

Give to Hands of Light in Action
Founded in 2005 by APTA member Nancy Malone, PT, Hands of Light in Action (HOLIA) sponsors annual 2-week volunteer trips to help children and adults in 3 Haitian villages: Fond Parisean, Miracle Village, and LeTante. Since 2001, Malone has volunteered her time, energy, and spirit to those in need. Her efforts started after the September 11 terrorist attacks during which she volunteered at Ground Zero. She then traveled to help the victims of Katrina, the Iowa Flood, Minot, North Dakota Flood, and the earthquake in Haiti.

One hundred percent of all donations go directly to supplies, equipment, and support of our 3 Haiti villages. HOLIA is operated entirely by volunteers and we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations to support our Haitian villages can be made via Hands of Light in Action Pay Pal, at handsoflightinaction.org or via mail to Hands of Light in Action, PO Box 87513, Canton, MI 48187. You can contact us at handsoflightinaction@gmail.com.

Donate Medical Supplies

MedWish International
MedWish International, www.medwish.org, collects surplus medical supplies for distribution around the world as humanitarian aid. Health care providers traveling to and/or working in Haiti are encourage to apply for supplies or contact info@medwish.org for more information.

Through the Roof Ministries
APTA member Margaret Matasic, PT, DPT, serves as the Executive Director of this organization, which is collecting medical supplies and walking aids for those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Visit their Web site for more information. 

Volunteer

Please Note: If you are considering responding to a call for volunteers from any relief effort or group, APTA urges extreme caution and strongly advises the following:

  • You should be part of an established, well-organized team with ties on the ground in Haiti.
  • Your group should have a means of obtaining adequate supplies, food, water, and other necessities.
  • Your group should have adequate security measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone on your team.
  • You should have prior experience with large-scale, severe disasters.

Volunteer options include:

Advantage Program
The Advantage Program Rehabilitation Clinic is located at Centre de Sante Lumiere in Les Cayes, Haiti. APTA member June Hanks, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS, CLT, is the director of the program and is calling for volunteers.

The Advantage program aims to meet the physical and spiritual needs of persons with disabilities in Haiti in the name of Christ, and is sponsored by Lumiere Missionaries. Persons may work with the program and patient/clients are served regardless of religion or creed. Persons are treated regardless of ability to pay. Please visit the Web site www.advantagehaiti.com/ to learn more about the program. A volunteer application form is available on the Web site. Contact June Hanks regarding volunteer inquiries: june-hanks@utc.edu.

Crudem Foundation/Hôpital Sacré Coeur
Hôpital Sacré Coeur, in Milot, Haiti, is run by the Crudem Foundation, a federally designated tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. The 73-bed hospital has expanded to accommodate 500 patients in the aftermath of the earthquake, in addition to serving 225,000 people in a 12-mile radius. It is a small organization but cares for approximately 65,000 inpatients each year. It has an outpatient clinic, full maternity services, a pediatric wing, a complete laboratory, pharmacy, and nutrition center. Regular visiting medical surgical teams and other volunteers supplement the permanent Haitian staff of more than 300. Please visit our Web site: www.crudem.org or visit us on Facebook at CRUDEMHaiti.

FONHARE
The Foundation of Haitian Rehabilitation (FONHARE) is a grassroots Haitian organization providing rehabilitation services to the citizens of Ouanaminthe. It is the only organization providing rehab services in the northeast of Haiti to 13 cities with almost 500,000 citizens. Ivens Louius, the founder and director, is a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. FONHARE currently is providing services in a medical clinic owned and run by Louius' brother, who is a physician. A foundation has been laid for a large onsite rehabilitation clinic adjacent to the medical clinic. There is a genuine need for volunteers to be part of establishing rehabilitation and physical therapy as a specialized service in a country that had virtually none before the 2010 earthquake. For more information about volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities to provide financial support, visit FONHARE at www.fonhare.org.

Global Therapy Group
Global Therapy Group founded in 2010 by Donna Hutchinson PT, and Jo Ann Roberts PT, brings sustainable rehabilitation services, therapy education, and employment opportunities to Haiti. Their clinic is staffed with a Haitian Clinic Manager, a Haitian Rehab Tech, and volunteer therapists from around the world. The patient population includes children and adults, orthopedics, CVAs, developmental disabilities, trauma, hand injuries,etc.

Global Therapy Group is currently scheduling  PTs, OTs, and STs for two week rotations and long term rotations of two to six months.

Arrangements have been made for guest housing, transportation, and translator services. If you are interested in volunteering in Haiti please contact: dhutchinson@globaltherapygroup.org.

Hands of Light in Action
Hands of Light in Action (HOLIA), founded in 2005 by APTA member Nancy Malone, PT, sponsors annual 2-week volunteer trips to help children and adults in 3 Haitian villages: Fond Parisean, Miracle Village, and LeTante. Volunteers participate in a number of ways: by updating/referring/treating/teaching patients; helping in a sports camp (including a program of intercity pairing of suburban high school student volunteers); helping with construction projects; working with amputees; assisting with equipment and referrals; providing necessary funds for transport as well as purchase of items while in Haiti; educating parents of special needs children; shipping materials, equipment, and supplies; teaching crochet, rug-making, puzzle-making, etc.; helping with dog care training and supplies, and so much more. Our greatest goal each year is to provide employment for at least 1 person, through the equipment that we provide, that will enable him or her to support the family. HOLIA feels that this is the utmost way to truly make a permanent change in Haiti. For more information about volunteering with our group, please visit handsoflightinaction.org or www.facebook.com/HOLIArocks. You can contact them at handsoflightinaction@gmail.com. Come JOIN us! Together we can change a small part of the world 1 trip at a time! .

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO)
HVO is partnering with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer and the Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti (FHASH) - in the implementation of a Rehabilitation Technician Training Program (RTTP). HVO volunteers would provide didactic and clinical instruction in rehabilitative care to approximately 4-6 rehabilitation technician students per year through a 9 month curriculum, January - September. Volunteers are needed for teaching from January - July and clinical education and supervision in August and September. Additionally, volunteers might participate in hospital staff presentations and continuing education for previous graduates of the RTTP. Volunteers are required to have a minimum of 3 years clinical experience, as well as previous international experience. Assignments are 2-4 weeks or more.

Please visit HVO's Web site at www.hvousa.org and prospective volunteers should contact April Pinner at a.pinner@hvousa.org.

Project Hope

Project Hope has worked since 1958 to make health care available for people around the globe. Their work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health facilities, fighting disease, and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies, and volunteer medical help. If there are physical therapists who are interested in volunteering with Project HOPE in Haiti, please apply online. Physical Therapists will be participating in 2-3 week rotations. Volunteers are responsible for their roundtrip airfare, however, meals and lodging are provided by Project HOPE.

Project Medishare
Project Medishare is committed to helping our Haitian colleagues upgrade their healthcare delivery system. Currently, we are providing care at our hospital in Port-au-Prince, as well as assisting earthquake victims who fled to our communities in the Central Plateau through our Community Health Program. Become a part of this mission by participating in medical trips to Medishare's Bernard Mev critical care and rehabilitation hospital. They are currently seeking volunteer physical therapists of all specialties who are interested in committing to a 1-week rotation or longer as available over the next several months. Please contact Kathy Falter at haitiamputeerehab@med.miami.edu and visit Project Medishare's Web site at www.projectmedishare.org.

Rehab Clinic of Jacmel
The Rehab Clinic of Jacmel is a rehabiliation tent located in Jacmel, Haiti and is seeking volunteer physical therapists for 1 week stays. The case load is primarily orthopedic (60-70%) and neuromuscular (30-40%) rehabilitation. APTA member Larry Benz, DPT, is handling volunteer submissions and applications.

Learn more about this organization at www.PThelpforHaiti.org. A volunteer application form is available on the Web site. Contact Larry Benz regarding volunteer opportunities at larry@physicaltherapist.com.

Contract Positions

Please Note: If you are considering responding to a call for a contracted position from any relief effort or group, APTA urges extreme caution and strongly advises the following:

  • You should be part of an established, well-organized team with ties on the ground in Haiti.
  • Your group should have a means of obtaining adequate supplies, food, water, and other necessities.
  • Your group should have adequate security measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone on your team.
  • You should have prior experience with large-scale, severe disasters.
  • Review your contract conditions very carefully to be fully aware of your commitment.

Contract Positions include:

APTA has no information on available contract positions at this time.

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