Helping Haiti – List of resources to help Haitians suffering from “catastrophic” earthquake


Haiti earthquakeA Haitian woman is helped after being trapped in rubble following the earthquake. Photograph: Lisandro Suero/AFP/Getty Images

I’m sure everyone has heard about the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

If not, give this a read please: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/13/haiti.earthquake/index.html

Apparently, a size 7.0 earthquake has hit Haiti – the worst in over a century – and thousands are feared dead in addition to the crippling, devastating impact on the country’s infrastructure.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and has suffered tremendously.  This is a tragedy and reports suggest the damage is sadly far worse than initially expected.

If anyone is willing and able to contribute, please do so.  Here are a list of organizations with appropriate links attached below.  Thank you.

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

A List of more non profits here

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