AJC Partners with IsraAID in Haiti Humanitarian Relief Effort

Jan 13, 2010, 11:50 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is working with a leading Israeli non-governmental relief organization to bring humanitarian medical assistance to Haiti after a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck the island nation.

"Battered by repeated hurricanes and floods, and a generation of political upheaval, the people of Haiti have again become victims – and they urgently need our help," said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

AJC has partnered with IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid in a number of crises, including Sri Lanka after the South Asian tsunami in 2004, a devastating earthquake in Peru in 2007, a tropical storm that hit the Philippines last year, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, and now Haiti.

AJC's initial donation to support IsrAID's efforts in Haiti came from AJC's Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Humanitarian Fund.

Humanitarian relief has been a core of AJC's work for more than a century. "Our tradition commands us to respond generously and compassionately to those who suffer a natural disaster," Harris said.

AJC's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund is now accepting donations to aid the earthquake victims in Haiti. One hundred percent of donations will support relief and rescue efforts. To donate, please visit www.ajc.org/haitifund.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee