An Urgent Appeal from the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by its first large earthquake in 240 years. Over 230,000 people have died and three million have been left homeless.  In the fall of 2010, the death toll increased due to a cholera epidemic originating with the United Nations occupying forces in the Artibonite Valley. As the epidemic spreads, Haitians have demonstrated their anger and frustration over the slow pace of the relief response by the UN, the Haitian government and major international aid agencies.  Adding insult to injury, the US and the UN have persisted in upholding the alleged results of sham elections, fraudulent on numerous counts, on November 28, 2010.

Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators and human rights activists, support committees for political prisoners, and agricultural cooperatives – are funneling aid received from the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund to those most hit by the earthquake. They are doing what they can – with the most limited of funds – to make a difference. Please take this chance to lend them your support.

Since its inception in March 2004, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund has given concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement as they attempted to survive the brutal coup against their democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and to rebuild shattered development projects. We urge you to contribute generously, not only for this immediate crisis, but in order to support the long-run development of human rights, sustainable agriculture and economic justice in Haiti.

All donations to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund will be forwarded to our partners on the ground to help them rebuild what has been destroyed.

Click here for some examples of what your donations received since the earthquake have already accomplished.

Click here for information on how to donate to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Our aid goes directly into the hands of Haitians. We give aid, not charity; we respect the people of Haiti and honor their commitment to lead the rebuilding of their society in the wake of this disaster. We have worked to support Haiti for the past six years, not just for the past few weeks. We will continue our work long after Haiti has dropped from the front pages. We hope that you will be there with us. We appreciate every penny, every dime, every dollar.

Our hearts are with Haiti

Contact: or 510-595-4650


Online donations to HERF can be made here:

Board Members

Walter Riley

Civil rights attorney, Chair, HERF

Sister Maureen Duignan, O.S.F.

Co-Chair, HERF

Pierre Labossiere,

Co-Founder of Haiti Action Committee

Marilyn Langlois

Community advocate for Mayor's office in Richmond CA

Robert Roth

Educator, Co-Founder Haiti Action Committee




For updates on Haiti, please visit the official website of the Haiti Action Committee