Office of the President

January 14, 2010

Providing aid and assistance to Haiti


Dear Members of the University Community:

The disaster that has hit the island nation of Haiti is nothing short of horrific. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti and to the many citizens of other countries who have been working there to help improve the lives of Haitians. Our own Department of Global Health, through its International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), has had an office there since 2004 strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS. Fortunately, as far as we know, most of its people are safe and unharmed. But that cannot be said for the thousands trying to cope in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake.

Many in our UW community have inquired about ways in which they can help and provide assistance for the international relief efforts being mounted in response to this disaster. The Office of Global Affairs has assembled a list of organizations that are accepting gifts and volunteers. The list is not exhaustive and may be found at the Global Affairs web site.

I hope you will take a moment to visit the page and contribute in any way you can to help those in need in Haiti. It is hard to fathom how desperate their plight is and the difficulties they face in the coming days and weeks.


Mark A. Emmert

  • Manoucheka Celeste

    I’m a 3rd year doctoral student, Haitian and mostly fluent in the languages spoken. I am looking to see if anyone from the UW is going to Haiti as I am also looking to go to volunteer. My mother and grandmother are also in the city and unaccounted for. Anyone with any information or possibilities, please feel free to contact me.