>Haiti Information and Resources


On January 12, an Earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti; its epicenter just off of the capital city, Port-au-Prince.  As many details are still unknown, the best resources are news outlets. All of the major news networks have continuous updates.  To list just a few: CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, BBC, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, etc.  Check out official sites as well, i.e. United Nations and the State Department. 

On these sites you will find everything from photos, first person reports, videos, links to local blogs, etc.  If you’re looking for a way to incorporate currents events into the classroom, you must check out the following sites:

But if you are looking for the basic country facts, the CIAWorld Factbook is one of the best. 


Located in the Caribbean, Haiti is a small nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The country has had its share of strife in the past.  The indigenous population, Taino Amerindians, was virtually destroyed by Spanish imperialism a couple decades after Columbus’ arrival.  In 1697 the Spanish ceded the western third of the island to the French.  The colony became one of the wealthiest through heavy slave importation.  By 1804 the slave population successfully rebelled and became the first black republic.  Today Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has been subject to political violence.
Capital: Port-au-Prince
Population: 9 Million 

Want to help? Don’t know how?  Below are resources that will allow you to donate responsibly and effectively.

While it is important to donate, internet scams are out there.  The golden rule: If you’d like to make a donation, remember to protect yourself, and do your homework.
How can you tell is a charity is legitimate?  A couple of the more accredited sites that can help you determine if an organization is reputable are:
  • The U.S. Department of State
  • CharityNavigator – a nonprofit, independent evaluator of charities.  It’s based on effectiveness and financial stability.  It’s also the largest and is used by various news media outlets.  

The World Affairs Council does not endorse any specific organization.  We feel that selecting a relief organization is a personal decision that should be made after researching the various options.  Below is a brief overview of resources. 

CNN has comprehensive list of over 50 relief organizations and sites.  Each site listed has been highly rated by CharityNavigator. 
To name a few:
You can also text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone. In addition to your donation amount, standard text messaging fees will apply.

  • Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
  • Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
  • United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
  • Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)