The DEC is a coalition of 13 humanitarian aid agencies: ActionAid, British red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.
Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the BWA, is mobilizing search, rescue, and relief teams. A team from BWAid Rescue24, the search and rescue arm of the international Baptist aid organization is in Florida in the United States awaiting clearance to fly into Port-au-Prince, or to travel via the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Negotiations are under way to have another BWAid Rescue24 team of 12 persons, who are experts in search and rescue missions, to travel from Hungary to Haiti. They are expected to travel with dogs and special equipment that can detect and find persons who may still be alive but are buried underneath the rubble.
BWAid has pledged an initial sum of US$20,000 for the relief efforts in Haiti, and is accepting other donations from Baptists throughout the world. Baptists in India, Taiwan, Panama, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom have already made enquiries on possible assistance. The Jamaica Baptist Union, which partners with four Baptist churches and several schools in Haiti, including in Port-au-Prince, is positioning itself to offer assistance.