UPDATED: How to Help Haiti
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday, January 12, and Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive estimates as many as 100,000 people may be dead. The epicenter of the quake was just 10 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince, causing widespread devastation in this island nation. The American Red Cross estimates three million people are affected.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and the Haitian people desperately need our help now.
The best way for you to help the people of Haiti is to donate to a well-respected charity with experience in medical and disaster relief. Haiti needs immediate assistance, and these organizations already have teams in place to assess the damage and provide the emergency medical care, food, clean water and shelter that people need.
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The following is an alphabetical list of groups that are working to help Haiti with direct links to their earthquake relief fund donation pages:
Abandoned Children’s Fund
Donate directly above or call 1-888-884-0567.
American Red Cross
You can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross, call 1-800-REDCROSS or donate directly at the link above.
Donate online above or call 1-800-521-CARE from the U.S. or +1-404-681-2552 from outside the U.S.
Catholic Relief Services
Donate online by clicking the link above, text RELIEF to 30644, or call 1-800-736-3467.
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund. Donate directly above.
Children’s Hunger Relief Fund
Donate directly above or call 1-888-781-1585 from the U.S. or +1-707-528-8000 from outside the U.S.
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres
Visit this link to donate from outside the U.S.
Freedom From Hunger
Donate online above or call 1-530-758-6200 x1042
International Rescue Committee
Donate directly above or call 1-877-REFUGEE
Donate directly above or call 1-888-256-1900
Donate online above or call 1-888-OPSMILE
Partners in Health
Donate online through the link above, or donate by mail by sending a check with “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo line to:
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
Save the Children
Donate directly above or make checks out to “Save the Children” and send to:
Save the Children Income Processing Department
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
Salesian MissionsHelping children in Haiti since 1936. Donations urgently needed for food, water, medicine and tents. Currently housing 3,500 refugees. 500 students buried in the ruins of the Salesian schools.
SOS Children’s Villages
Donate online (choose “Other country” if your country is not listed)
World Emergency Relief
Donate directly above or call 1-888-484-4543 from the U.S. or +1-760-930-8001 from outside the U.S.
Visit Haitifeed.com for twitter updates, photos, videos and more to find out what is happening in Haiti.
Please leave comments with any organizations we should add, twitter users we should follow, sites with news, your thoughts and prayers for the people of Haiti. Is your community organizing to help? Let everyone know how in the comments!
HAITI INFORMATION AND ACTIONS
Haiti’s reconstruction by Haitians living aboard For these noble goals, we ask that the government of the country in which we reside to task our pay check $10 per pay period for the next 50 years so that we can rebuild our dear Haiti.
Support the UN’s Response to Haiti Quake Victims United Nations Foundation
Honor UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Better World Campaign
Photo by journalist Carel Pedre via twitter