Dear NYDIS Partners & Friends:
As you are all well aware, on Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti during the evening commuting hours, resulting in
catastrophic horrors for our island nation neighbor. As of this time, the Haitian government is reported that the capital region is
destroyed and there are over 140,000 confirmed fatalities and millions are still without any basic aid. All faith communities and their
national disaster partners are already active in relief operations or scaling-up to assist in the international aid effort. Please donate or
We join New York City OEM and National VOAD in reminding you that Cash Donations are Best
for Haiti Earthquake Relief. Why
cash? Cash donations allow relief agencies to purchase goods that meet victims' needs in real time and help support the local economy.
While you are supporting international relief efforts, NYDIS and NYC VOAD partners are going to need your financial and volunteer
support here in NYC too. Responding to requests for support from NYC Haitian churches and conversations with NYC VOAD partners, our Board
of Directors activated NYDIS to raise funds and coordinate our member’s services in providing unmet needs assistance for Haiti
earthquake victim families and evacuees arriving in NYC
. Our chaplains and partners will also be providing
culturally competent pastoral care for victim families who live here or are returning to NYC. We are asking for volunteers, particularly
French or Creole fluent chaplains, interpreters and social workers to email their contact information to
We have also included some important information for faith communities and NYC religious leaders – as well as links helpful resources.
We ask you to keep the survivors and victim families in your prayers and to generously support international aid to Haiti as well as
domestic survivor relief efforts.
Faithfully, The NYDIS Board & Staff