Scouts from all over the world are rallying to offer aid and support to their counterparts in Haiti. Donations are flooding in and a bank account and online contribution facility have been set up by the World Scout Bureau.

There are around 30,000 Scouts in Haiti. Although contact with them has been limited it is believed that many are acting as an essential relay between the emergency NGOs and the local population – reprising their actions of 2008 when the Caribbean island was hit by a hurricane.

A message of solidarity has been sent on behalf of Scouts all over the world and the sentiments have been echoed by UK Scouts. Explorer Scout Rachel said “It is important that, as the largest youth organisation in the world with Scouting in nearly every county, we use that network to support others in need.”

The account set up by the World Scout Bureau guarentees the use of its donations. Food aid, medicines and materials of first necessity will be purchased by the Haitian Scouts in order to limit the cost of transportation and storage.

Donations can be sent to:

World Scout Bureau – Ha