American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has strong ties to the New Zealand community. A New Zealand native and ACHS President Dorene Petersen originally founded ACHS in 1976 as the extramural department of an on-campus naturopathic college in Auckland, New Zealand. Dorene opened our U.S. office in 1991 and was joined by daughters Erika Yigzaw, Chief Institutional Officer, and Kate Harmon, Director of Marketing. Though the college has proudly called the U.S. home for more than 20 years, our history is firmly rooted in New Zealand’s traditions and shared knowledge of natural medicine. As such, our U.S. family pledges continual support to the relief and well-being of our New Zealand family.
It is with deep sympathies for the victims, their friends and families, and those tirelessly working on the ground to re-establish safe and healthy conditions that we ask for your support. Current relief efforts are working to supply basic human needs, focused on search and rescue, emergency shelters, and securing safe drinking water. Help us provide some ease and comfort for those devastated by the earthquake.
We understand there are several organizations out there soliciting your funds and attention, and that not all are reputable. To ensure your donations make it directly into the hands of the people who need it most, we recommend the following organizations, which we have personally verified with contacts on the ground in New Zealand:
KEA New Zealand suggests:
- For tax deductible donations in the U.S.: ANZA, Variety International-The Children's Charity, and Seattle Christchurch Sister City Association: Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank: Account is: Seattle Christchurch Earthquake Relief: Account number is: 7267350473 or alternatively mail your check to: Seattle Christchurch Sister City Association (SCSCA), PO Box 51059, Seattle WA 98115
- To make donations from within New Zealand: The Downunder Social Club of Calgary requests donation funds go through the New Zealand Red Cross
For more information about disaster relief in New Zealand, visit: