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Haiti: How to Help

The Situation



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are feared dead in Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, buried beneath demolished schools, hospitals and homes, and traumatized citizens mill in streets strewn with rubble and scattered bodies.

* Destruction in capital "massive and broad." Tens -- maybe hundreds -- of thousands of homes destroyed, U.N. mission says.

* U.N. says at least 16 members of its 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission killed. Haiti president says mission chief Hedi Annabi among dead.

* Pentagon sending nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and three amphibious ships, including one that can carry up to 2,000 Marines.

* U.S. Defense Secretary Gates cancels plans to fly to Australia for bilateral talk. Hillary Clinton cancels visit to the South Pacific.

* World Bank pledges additional $100 million. U.N. says $10 million to be released immediately from central emergency response fund.

"Up to now, I heard 50,000 ... 30,000 (dead)." -- Haitian President Rene Preval

"Please take me out, I am dying. I have two children with me." -- Woman under a collapsed kindergarten in the Canape-Vert area of the capital

"The reality of what we are seeing is severe traumas, head wounds, crushed limbs, severe problems that cannot be dealt with with the level of medical care we currently have available with no infrastructure really to support it." -- Paul McPhun, operations manager for the group's Canadian section

"There was so much hope about Haiti's future, hope that had not been present for years. And along comes Mother Nature and just flattens them" -- U.S. Secretary of State Clinton

Source: Reuters

News: 

AlertNet
http://www.alertnet.org/

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DISASTER INFORMATION

Relief Web


Live Blog from Reuter's AlertNet

Twitter feed for Help Haiti

How You Can Help


At this point relief agencies most need cash donations.  Some charities that are accepting donations for the Haiti relief  effort:


AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

AMERICAN RED CROSS

AMERICARES

CONCERN WORLDWIDE US

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

DIRECT RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

MERCY CORPS

OXFAM AMERICA

THE SALVATION ARMY

SAVE THE CHILDREN

SAMARITAN’S PURSE

WORLD VISION

CARE

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF)

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
 

UNITED NATIONS CENTRAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF


Checking Out the Charities and Relief agencies


There will be a lot of hands being held out for help.  Here's one way to see if your donation's well's spent.

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
salomesensei
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. With your info making it easy to review the agencies, I was able to send a donation quickly.
45cats
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, I was just trying to remember where I had seen one of these links and I saw your post.
psyco_chick32
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Don't forget Neighbors 4 Neighbors! The money is currently being sent to non-profits we work for, but we have a group going to Haiti next week with physical needs.

That being said, I'm also starting a teddy-bear/stuffed animal collection group for the children there; distribution will be handled by the same group.
knittingknots
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! Your part of the world is much better set up for in kind handling....There are a bunch of good groups out there. If I thought people'd join, I'd start an LJ comm for this, information about who's helping and how to help.
psyco_chick32
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
We've had people from around the country stopping in here for fueling before heading to Haiti and the DR. It's amazing how people around the world are really stepping up to help the country out - it's probably more help, in the end, than they've seen in decades.

If I thought people'd join, I'd start an LJ comm for this, information about who's helping and how to help.

Well, it's a huge thing on Twitter and Facebook... maybe LJ would help get it out there, too?
geeky_ramblings
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the info KK! Every bit helps :D
doggieearlover
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
The Salvation Army is still one of the best to give to - they're one of the few, if not the only, that gives 100% of donations to what they were donated for rather than retaining large amounts for administrative costs or diverting it elsewhere. I know after Katrina and Rita they came out at the top of the list of all of the non-profits regarding the use of donation dollars. So they're always a safe bet if you don't know who to choose.
geeky_ramblings
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Just thought you might find this interesting!

http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/
ladycash
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
Excellent and much needed post, KK.
Thank you!
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