Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to Help Haitian Earthquake Survivors

The people of Haiti are going to need a lot of help after today's 7.0 earthquake. You can see photos of some of the damage as they come in on PicFog.

Below is a quick list of organizations asking for donations. If you know of other ways to help, please post ideas in the comments. I'm particularly interested in hearing about grassroots organizations.

• The American Red Cross is accepting donations for its International Response Fund. You can follow their work on the American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom blog, and on Twitter at @RedCross.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF also needs donations. According to their press release:
"Funds are urgently needed to provide safe water, temporary shelter systems, essential medical supplies etc. . . . Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has a population of 9.6 million inhabitants, of which more than half are under 21 years old."
You can follow UNICEF's work on their Field Notes blog, and on Twitter at @UnicefUSA.

Mercy Corps is deploying an emergency team, and is asking for donations. You can follow their work on the Mercy Corps blog, and on Twitter at @mercycorps.

• According to their Twitter feed, Oxfam America is already on the ground in Haiti and is asking for donations. You can follow them on the Oxfam America blog and on Twitter at @oxfamamerica

• Musician Wyclef Jean, who established YĆ©le Haiti, tweeted, "Help Haiti Earthquake Relief Donate $5 by texting YELE to 501 501 right now please RT." You can follow him on his blog, and on Twitter at @wyclef.

Update: I've posted more info about how to help in a new post,
Helping Haiti: Places to Donate, Creative Fundraising Ideas, and Being a Smart Donor.

**Cross-posted from BlogHer.com
. A BlogHer commenter also posted a link to an extensive list on the What Gives!? post, Helping Haiti, that you should check out too.

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  1. Partners in Health is raising funds for earthquake relief:

  2. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Agree with hmb... Partners in Health is already in-country, as well.

  3. Hi - Any other ideas about good birthday charity celebrations? Smaller ideas would work better, I think... It can be overwhelming to tackle some huge task. Thanks!

  4. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has already provided an $50,000 emergency grant for Lions in the area to assist the people of Haiti. The LCI foundation was awarded 4 stars by Charity Navigator-a charity rating organization. Contributions are welcome to support further grants for rebuilding. http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/index.php

  5. Dejiridoo - If you have a Facebook page, it is very easy to set up a Birthday Wish Cause for your favorite nonprofit, and ask your friends to contribute to the organization as their birthday gift to you.

    Thank you for the information about the Lion's Club, Laurian.


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