The Miami Foundation stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti, as well as the Haitian community here in Greater Miami, during this time of deep uncertainty.


Many have asked us how they can help. At The Miami Foundation, we believe deeply in the importance of connecting to knowledge that can help inform our actions. On this page, you can learn from the wisdom of five incredible Haitian leaders and hear their perspective on what it means to stand in solidarity with Haiti at this time. You can also take action by donating directly to organizations both on the ground in Haiti, as well as here in Miami.

Learn more about present-day Haiti, from leaders local both to Miami and Haiti

We sat down with five incredible Haitian leaders to learn more about the situation transpiring in Haiti, from their perspectives. Meet them and hear their thoughts to five questions we asked below.

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Marleine Bastien


Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 2

Executive Director, FANM

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Executive Director, Miami Workers Center

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Dr. Alyssa Jean


Executive Director, Ayiti Community Trust

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Dr. Guerda Nicolas


Co-Founder & President, Ayiti Community Trust

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Nedgine Paul Deroly


Co-Founder & CEO, Anseye Pou Ayiti

What’s your favorite thing about being Haitian?
What are some of Haiti’s contributions to Miami?
What is happening, from your perspective?
What is the impact on the diaspora?
How can we stand in solidarity?
Dr. Alyssa Jean Executive Director
Blog by Dr. Alyssa Jean

Donate to organizations local to both Miami and Haiti

Organizations Working on the Ground

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Mercy Corps

An international relief organization that has been working on the ground with a staff of 70 in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake providing clean water, supplies, mental health support, shelter, and other relief. The Miami Foundation partnered extensively with Mercy Corps in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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Project Hope

Project Hope implements a primary health care program that involves mobile clinics, water and sanitation, and mental health activities. Project HOPE’s is operating mobile medical units, distribute hygiene kits, promote health and hygiene activities, and support mental health needs. Learn more here.

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Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA)

APA works with local civic leaders who are transforming Haiti’s education system towards liberation, equipping generations of Haitians with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to achieve their full potential.

Organizations Supporting from Miami

Ayiti Community Trust (ACT)

Ayiti Community Trust (ACT) is a community foundation for Ayiti (Haiti) that is housed here at The Miami Foundation working to build a sustainable Ayiti. The Miami Foundation has worked for many years with Ayiti Community Trust and a member of our team serves on their board of trustees. In addition to supporting the diaspora, they are also driving financial resources and supplies to the island.

Family Action Network Movement (FANM)

Family Action Network Movement (FANM) is a Haitian-founded and led organization which advocates for marginalized residents and provides them with wrap-around services ranging from mental health access to adult education. FANM also advocates and organizes around issues of importance including affordable housing, comprehensive immigration reform, and climate gentrification & equity.

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Sant La

Haitian-led Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center works to empower, strengthen and uplift the Haitian-American community of South Florida. They are the first stop for Haitian immigrants arriving in Miami and need housing and other supports. Sant La is a long-time grant partner of our Foundation.