Founded in 2008, MICROAID occupies a unique niche in the response, relief, and recovery cycle following a disaster. We give no-strings-attached assistance to victims during the critical and lengthy recovery period. MICROAID project managers help people rebuild houses, replace tools of livelihood, assist in mitigation programs, and support orphans' education.

Often a year or more after a disastrous event, due to diversion of effort to competing international emergencies, decreasing public interest, and/or dwindling financial resources, many individuals and families who may have suffered significant loss remain in need. MICROAID identifies, addresses, and stays focused on the continuing needs of distressed people as they rebuild their lives and attempt to reintegrate themselves into the economic and social fabric of their community. MICROAID steps in after the initial emergency response and relief operations of other aid organizations, both local and international, begin to wind down.

As a non-profit long-term recovery organization (LTRO), MICROAID makes charitable donations and provides hands-on assistance using local products and resources in an effort to help people return to self-sufficiency.


100% of all donations go to assisting people in need, not to overhead. Overhead is funded directly by the MICROAID board of directors, foundations, and specific corporate donors.

MICROAID’s small size and direct assistance allows us to:

• Impact the lives of specific individuals and families who were overlooked during initial relief response following a disaster.

• Use resources and funds in the most efficient way possible.

• Provide flexibility, transparency, follow-up, and humanity in our projects.


When confronted by the enormous suffering and need in the world people can often be overwhelmed and paralyzed—they feel that there is nothing they can do, or that a small effort won’t make a difference. When faced with this dilemma, Sydney Smith said, “It is the greatest mistake to do nothing because all you can do is a little.” MICROAID’s answer is to offer assistance in a small and personal way—to help one person or one family overcome one catastrophe. Jon Ross says, “Just because you can’t help everyone, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help anyone.” MICROAID stays focused on individuals and families and helps them get back on their feet.