What Can You Do To Help The Victims Of The Earthquake In Haiti?

14Jan10

Like me you probably learned about the earthquake in Haiti on Wednesday morning when the news was dominated by footage of the collapsed presidential palace. At first very little was known other than that which was obvious from the images we were seeing: the earthquake has caused major damage and devastation. It became clear that Haiti didn’t have the resources to deal with the issues which were arising when the search for survivors had to stop on Wednesday night due to lack of electricity/light.

Rescue teams have now started to arrive in Port Au Prince to offer their support. As ever with events of this magnitude the death toll is set to rise in the coming weeks as the country struggles to cope with the injured and homeless. Rapid work will need to be done to prevent the spread of disease caused by broken sewers and lack of infrastructure. Water and electricity supplies will need to be restarted and building work will be needed as soon as is possible.

If you want to donate to help the rescue teams and charities who are working to support those in Haiti there are several ways to do so. It is worth pointing out that if you want your money to go to those in Haiti rather than to a charity in general then you need to donate to a specific fund. Most of the major disaster relief charity have already set up funds and there are also local charities who need your help. Below is a list of some of the more high profile charities, if you have anything to add please leave a comment or get in touch via the contact page.

The Red Cross
If you are in America you can donate $10 to the Red Cross Haiti earthquake appeal via your cell phone by texting ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999’. You can also visit the Red Cross US site.

Yele Haiti
Also for Americans: donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti by texting ‘Yele’ to 501501.

The British Red Cross
You can visit the British Red Cross site to donate to their Haiti Earthquake appeal.

Oxfam
Oxfam have set up a Haiti earthquake page which includes information on the situation as it develops. You can also donate to the Haiti earthquake fund.

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16 Responses to “What Can You Do To Help The Victims Of The Earthquake In Haiti?”

  1. 1 Pam

    Another organization that has been doing good work in Haiti for a long time is Partners in Health, based in Boston and in the central plateau of Haiti … see their website and their efforts at http://www.pih.org. You can also donate at the main page.

  2. Hi Thomas! thanks for leaving a comment in my post about Haiti Earthquake. Your post is very useful for those who would like to extend their hands to help out the affected people of Haiti.

  3. Thanks Pam 🙂
    Thanks Dimaks 🙂

  4. This is just so sad and devastating… My prayers go out to everyone directly or indirecty involved with what’s going on in Haiti.

  5. You’re giving money after the earthquake, but didn’t want to give money before it? That place is a dump.

  6. Is Phil missing the point? Or is it just me?

  7. I’m not an expert but I get the impression that what Haiti needed most before the earthquake was a stable government. What they need most now is aid and that costs money so get out your wallet Phil!

  8. I also list organizations that you can donate to on my blog post.
    http://thesexygeekfiles.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/help-haiti-online-and-phone/

    Another organization to text money to:
    International Rescue Committee: Text Haiti to 25383 ($5 donation)

    Another organization to donate money to – they have been there for a long time:
    http://www.pih.org/home.html

    The reasons Haiti has struggled for centuries is quite complex. Now is the time to focus on helping the suffering by donating whatever you can.

    Thank you for your post Thomas.

  9. thank you for this information

  10. Thanks for posting this information. It is important that Haiti gets the aid necessary to save lives and hopefully rebuild a stable country. It is imperative that stable shelter be built before hurricane season in the Caribbean. Please take your time to donate and tell a friend. Every little bit counts!

    Thanks for creating awareness


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