AGERCA – Warning note for fundraising to assist earthquake victims August 14 (English version)

The Alliance for Risk Management and Continuity of Activities (AGERCA) would like to remind all public and private institutions and civil society its official role in representing private Sector and civil society organizations within the Risks and Disasters National Management System (SNGRD). Since 2008,in times of crises, AGERCA participates in the National Emergency Operations Center (COUN) to coordinate Private Sector actions in collaboration with the National Direction of Civil Protection (DGPC), Haitian national authority responsible for risk and disaster management.

The situation in the departments of Nippes, the South and the Grande Anse (Southern Peninsula) is catastrophic. As a result, AGERCA reiterates its call for solidarity to the Haitian population. All actions aiming to aid the victims of this earthquake should be conducted honestly and transparently. The victims must receive the collected donations directly. Nobody should undertake collection initiatives for personal ends.

AGERCA, in collaboration with the chambers of commerce and business associations, has established eight (8) donation collection centers in different parts of the metropolitan area in alignment with our partner the General Direction of Civil Protection (DGPC).

While saluting the other donation collection initiatives, AGERCA cautions everyone against the unauthorized use of its name, its staff members, and that of the DGPC in order to collect donations for the victims.

AGERCA also invites all companies and civil society organizations to remain vigilant and to carefully verify the aid requests that they receive.  We would like to remind everyone that it does not do any targeted aid requests. It has launched a global call for support without any demands to the institutions or individuals contributing funds through this process. The support of an institution or individual is voluntary.

AGERCA extends a special thank you to all its members for their contributions, as well as its partners supporting this initiative to provide aid to those in greatest need.  We have been humbly collaborating between public and private institutions to coordinate disaster responses and business continuity since 2008 and we happy to serve our Haitian communities.

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