Haitian Relief Effort: How We Can Help

On Tuesday, January 13, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s capitol, Port-au-Prince. Followed by dozens of aftershocks, reports indicate that the initial earthquake has caused widespread panic, destruction and an inevitably high number of casualties. The Caribbean country, sharing an island with the Dominican Republic, is already chronically impoverished and many of its people depend on foreign aid. In the aftermath of the disaster, the situation will grow more desperate.

In times of great natural disaster, many unaffected by the tragedy feel compelled to reach out and do something, but don’t have the resources to connect that need with a definitive action or organization. These are the organizations championing that effort:

Yéle Haiti – Musician, producer, humanitarian, Haiti native and Haiti’s Goodwill Ambassador Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005. If you text “Yele” to 501501, you’ll automatically be donating $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. The charge will show up on your phone bill.

American Red Cross– Disaster information, updates and donation collection. For those interested in helping immediately, text ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999’ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

UNICEF – Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.

Want to volunteer? Idealist.org wrote an article about aiding in disaster relief without leaving your own community.

IMAGES is rallying the troops and working on an effort to provide aid to Haiti, so stay tuned!

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