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Haiti Earthquake Disaster: 5 Things You Can Do To Help

January 17th, 2010

haiti-earthquake-location.jpgOver 3 million people have been affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. The earthquake struck in the most populous region of the country near Port-au-Prince. Buildings have collapsed, roads are impassable, and tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of people have been buried in the rubble. The death toll could be staggering and the lives of millions of people hang in the balance over the next days, weeks, and months. Everyone wants to help. Here’s what you can do to support the relief efforts.

1. If you have money, no matter how little, donate now. Many of the agencies that are on the ground in Haiti have now run out of the most vital supplies like medicines, water and food. The only way they can get more is with donations. If you have a cell phone you can text message “HAITI” to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. Other agencies helping in Haiti disaster relief besides the American Red Cross include: UNICEF, Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean’s foundation), Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, The Clinton Foundation, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, and so many others. Check out their websites or give them a call today to make a donation.

2. If you have disaster relief experience and medical, engineering, or language skills (Haitian Creole, French), you can contribute your services. Go to the White House website to find the link to volunteer your services.

3. If you don’t have any previous experience serving in disaster zones, but would still like to volunteer your time and skills, help out your local charities that will be donating to the effort. Many of their skilled workers will be either going to Haiti themselves or working overtime to organize donations. Right now they can use help answering phones, organizing, and collecting donations of supplies and providing much-needed relief to the staff at these charities.

4. If you belong to a club, fellowship, or other organization (VFW, Bridge Club, Bowling League, etc.) you can set up some boxes to collect non-perishable goods (canned food, paper products, wet wipes, diapers) and clothing for the relief effort. When the boxes are full you can deliver them to the local charities yourself and save them the costs of collection and transportation.

5. Even if you cannot donate money, goods, skills, services, or time directly to local and overseas relief efforts, you can still help. Are you proficient on the computer? Are you an expert at Twitter and Facebook? There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who cannot get in contact with friends in relatives in Haiti. And the reverse is true. Very few people in Haiti can contact the outside world. Maybe you have the skills and expertise to start a page on your own website or online somewhere where you can compile the information to connect people to one another. There are appeals for information all over the Internet. Maybe you can be the one to organize all those appeals in one place where everyone can look. At a time like this your imagination and creativity can be just as valuable as a monetary donation.

Somewhat related article: Google Pledges $20 Million to Charities

This article was supplied to us by Nana Weston from Constant Content.

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