International aid
Appeals for international aid have been issued, including from Raymond Joseph, Haiti's ambassador to the United States and his nephew, singer Wyclef
Jean, also a "roving ambassador" for Haiti.
Bahamas: Schools help donate with bake sales, and fundraisers.
Belgium: Belgium will send its B-Fast team with 58 people, they are to be dispatched on 13 January 2010.
Brazil: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed his sorrow and offered to send USD 10 million in humanitarian aid to Haiti to help reconstruct
the country after the devastating earthquake. Additionally, Brazil will deploy two airplanes that will carry, in total, 28 tons of food, bottled
water and other supplies to help the affected people. The Brazilian-led MINUSTAH headquarters in Haiti was destroyed in the quake, however, the
building of the Brazilian Army forces is intact. The Brazilian army is currently doing its work on foot as a result of the debris on the road. As the
largest contingent of international troops in Haiti, it is providing major help in trying to find people under the rubble of collapsed
Canada: Foreign minister Lawrence Cannon has stated that Canada will send the DART. The Canadian government has also pledged $5 million in
emergency aid to Haiti. In addition to advance teams and DART, a CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft full of medical aid and a pair of search-and-rescue
helicopters will be sent and two naval frigates, HMCS Ville de Québec and HMCS Halifax, are on standby in Halifax for possible assistance.
Governor General Michaëlle Jean, who was born in Haiti, said, "I am following, with great attention and concern, the emerging reports regarding the
earthquake that struck Haiti with force, and which was felt elsewhere in the region."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper advised "While officials are currently assessing the damage and the possibility of Canadians injured, Canada stands
ready to provide any necessary assistance to the people of Haiti during this time of need" Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon issued a
statement indicating the Canadian Forces' DART is ready for deployment whenever the Haitian government makes a request. A Boeing C-17 transport
will be sent with personnel, equipment and two search and rescue helicopters (likely CH-146 Griffons).
Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff stated,"In the days ahead, we must work together to ensure the safety of all those affected by this earthquake,
and we offer our support and encouragement for any efforts by the Government of Canada to bring quick assistance to this region."
Colombia: President Álvaro Uribe Vélez expressed solidarity to the Haitian people and announced that his government will be on alert and ready to
provide help to Haiti. Uribe also said that Colombia will be sending a squad of personnel experienced in rescue.
Costa Rica: President Oscar Arias Sanchez announced that Costa Rica will be sending as much help as possible when the United Nations have a list
ready. Oscar Arias also said that is time to the world to look out at Haiti.
China: P.R. China sent a 60-member rescue team (National Earthquake Disaster Emergency Rescue Team) following the quake. The team consists of
rescuers, medical personnel, experts, and three search dogs. The team left the following day from Beijing. Red Cross Society of China will
also offer assistance to Haiti. Liu Xiangyang is the Vice Leader of Chinese Int'l Search & Rescue Team.
Denmark: The Ministry for Development Cooperation has pledged to donate around USD 2 million (DKK 10 million) to the UN's mission in Haiti.
Dominican Republic: President Leonel Fernández rallied the international community to help its neighbor to overcome a "real tragedy." Its air
force is currently picking up survivors for aid and is transporting trained dogs to sniff for victims under rubble.
Estonia: Estonia has announced readyness to aid Haiti with 1 million krones (USD$ 90,000).
EU: The EC has released €3m in emergency funding and is expecting to do more once an EU expert reports back with a clearer picture of needs.
Finland: The Finnish Red Cross (SPR) has pledged €200,000 to help Haiti.
France: Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said France will dispatch aid to the country. Co-operation Minister Alain Joyandet said France was
sending a plane from the nearby French Caribbean island of Martinique with 25 police and rescuers and hospital staff, and another from Marseille in
southern France with 60 people on board. Also, the French humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said it was treating around 600 people
in its centres in Port-au-Prince and that it would on Wednesday send a 100-bed inflatable field hospital.
Germany: The German government has released €1.5 million (USD$2.18m) in aid. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that his country had
pledged aid to Haiti and called together a crisis management team to deal with the disaster.
Greece: Prime Minister George Papandreou reported that Greece will help if needed. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated they will be helping
international organisations coordinate humanitarian relief efforts.
Iceland: The government has decided to send a International SAR team, specialized in searching for survivors in collapsed buildings.
Israel: The Foreign Affairs Ministry dispatched a rescue team to the Haiti while IsraAid, an Israeli humanitarian organization is planing to send a
12-man search-and-rescue team, which includes emergency medical staff.
Italy: The Italian government has prepared a military transport plane which will be used to carry in a field hospital and emergency medical
Japan:The Japanese government is preparing for aid. The Japanese Red Cross dispatched its staff to Haiti to collect information of the disaster.
It also donated ¥20 million (USD$220,000) to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Mexico: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will deploy a plan used to aid Mexicans in disasters to be used in Haiti.
Netherlands: The Netherlands has pledged €2 million (USD$2.9 million) in aid. The Joined Aid Organisations announced that they will organize a
national campaign for Haiti. The usual 'giro'number (555) has opened for Haiti as well.
Norway: Norway will be sending delegations from the Norwegian Red Cross and the charitable organisation Norwegian Church Aid. The country will also
offer substantial financial aid, but a sum has yet to be decided upon.
Pakistan: Several Pakistani rescuers and troops stationed in affected areas by Minustah.
Panama: Vice President Juan Carlos Varela has indicated that Panama is willing to help, and pledged that the Panamanian government would provide
assistance to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in matters of logistical coordination of cooperation.
OCHA's Latin America regional offices are in Panama City.
Peru: Peru's representatives of MINUSTAH will send more aid and will help in Haiti's reorganization.
Puerto Rico: The government has authorized a mission of workers and physicians to aid in providing search support, medical care and food to the
Republic of Ireland: A number of Irish charities have launched appeals for aid for the victims in Haiti.
Russia: Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia sent a mobile hospital with doctors and medical staff.
Spain: Holding the presidency of the European Union, Spain will coordinate the European aid to Haiti, valued at €3million. In addition, Spain will
send 3 military airplanes and 50 tons of humanitarian assistance as well as medical and rescue teams.
Sweden: Swedish state aid agency SIDA makes funds of approximately 900 000 USD available as emergency aid. The Swedish Red Cross has started a
fundraiser urging Swedes to contribute at least 50 SEK each towards the aid of the Haitian people. In addition, the country sends a 2 person
Switzerland: A Swiss Air-Ambulance CL604 Challenger jet left Zürich on Wednesday morning to Port-au-Prince (although it is not sure whether it will
be able to land in Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport or in another nearby airport) with a quick-response team from the Swiss Humanitarian
Aid Unit in order to identify local needs and prepare in case of further deployment.
Taiwan: A team of 23 rescue workers and two specially trained dogs will be sent.
Turkey: The Turkish Red Crescent has sent a team to the region.
UK: The day after the quake, a team of 61 firefighters from the United Kingdom volunteered to go to Haiti in an effort to rescue survivors. The team
would be equipped with specialized equipment such as heavy equipment, cameras and acoustic listening devices.
USA: President Barack Obama said, "My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the
situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be
providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families
and their loved ones."
Immediately after the earthquake, Clinton said the United States would provide civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to
Haiti. USAID is sending a disaster assistance response team to Haiti. The Fairfax County (Va.) Urban Search and Rescue Team and the Los Angeles
County Search and Rescue Team were alerted and are going to Haiti as well to assist. They are to arrive on Wednesday.
Several U.S. Coast Guard ships were dispatched to Haiti, including Valiant, Forward, Mohawk, and Tahoma, as well as a C-130 Hercules from Coast Guard
Air Station Clearwater. The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort was deployed to Haiti, as were USS Underwood and the aircraft carrier Carl
Vinson. All US navy ships on the east coast have been put on standby, and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (which has been preparing for a
scheduled deployment) is awaiting word on whether they will be diverted to the relief effort.
The US' military support, according to General Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, includes plans to deploy 2,000 marines to assist the
U.N. in peacekeeping in the event of unrest caused by the disaster and US Air Force personnel to provide air traffic control capabilities for the
Port-au-Prince airport. A US Navy aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson was dispatched to Haiti from Norfolk, Virginia.
4 Injured personnel from the United States embassy were evacuated to the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by US Coast Guard helicopters.
Haitian ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph called the earthquake "a catastrophe of major proportions".
Venezuela: Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro ordered 50 representatives from his country to transport food and aid.
United Nations "There is no doubt that we are facing a major humanitarian emergency and that a major relief effort will be required," United
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The U.N. mobilized an emergency response team to help coordinate humanitarian relief efforts and is
expected to be in Haiti shortly.
 Donations sought
Among the non-profit organizations welcoming donations for Haitian earthquake relief are Caritas, American Red Cross, The Salvation
Army, British Red Cross, Haitian Health Foundation, Mennonite Central Committee,Partners in Health, Médecins Sans
Frontières,, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Yele Haiti, and several other groups.