As news pours in from Haiti, it is clear that the level of destruction and human suffering is immense.

BSR and many member companies are involved in Better Work Haiti, an ILO/IFC program to improve worker conditions in garment factories in the Port-au-Prince industrial zones.

We got word last night that Richard Lavallée, the program manager for Better Work Haiti, is safe. We don’t yet have information on the status of the factories or the workers participating in the Better Work program; however, we will post updates on this blog with information and recommendations for emergency relief support.

What follows is a list of on-the-ground organizations that are accepting donations from individuals and companies for disaster relief in Haiti:

  • American Red Cross and Mercy Corpsare providing general emergency relief. You can text “HAITI” to "90999," and US$10 will be given through the U.S. State Department to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.
  • UN World Food Programme is providing food supplies. Partners in Health is coordinating medical supplies.
  • YeleM: Wyclef Jean's organization has a multitude of programs rooted in the slums of Port-au-Prince.
  • Restavek Foundation: This program works with the most vulnerable children—those in servitude and slavery.