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GreaterGood.org sent more than $270,000 to Partners in Health in January and February to support that group’s work in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there. This grant was made possible by GreaterGood.org's Gifts That Give More™ program and additional contributions given by The Hunger Site and GreaterGood Network stores.
Recognizing the need for swift action following the January earthquake, GreaterGood.org, in partnership with The Hunger Site, selected Partners in Health because of the group's long history of extraordinary service to the Haitian people. PIH is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country, with 4,000 Haitian medical workers, including 100 physicians and 600 nurses. Despite personal losses from the earthquake, PIH staff were among the first emergency responders on the scene and continued to work around the clock to aid survivors while awaiting the arrival of volunteer medical groups and additional supplies from outside the country.
“We are extremely grateful to The Hunger Site, GreaterGood.org, and all their contributors for their immediate response to this crisis,” said Christine Hamann, development assistant for PIH.
With functioning medical facilities a little over two hours outside of Port-au-Prince, PIH received many injured from the city and surrounding areas within hours after the earthquake struck.
GreaterGood.org received a record number of online donations to help Haitian earthquake victims through the Gifts That Give More™ program, outstripping previous records of more than $70,000 for the Burmese floods in 2008 raised over 30 days and nearly $80,000 for the Australian wildfires in 2009 during a similar time period.
As with all disaster relief donations, GreaterGood.org made payments each week to PIH in January and February. “What we learned during the Asian tsunamis was that need for cash is always immediate, and we can do the most good by making sure that payments are made swiftly to the agencies providing emergency assistance to the victims,” said Lisa Halstead, president of GreaterGood.org.
For more information on PIH's continuing efforts in Haiti, including their mobile health clinics, please click here.