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UPDATED: How to Help Haiti

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.

CARE
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.

Christian Blind Mission
Donate online above – Canadians can donate online to Christian Blind Mission Canada.

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

Friends of the Orphans
Donate online above or call 1-888-201-8880

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee
Donate directly above or call  1-877-REFUGEE

Mercy Corps
Donate directly above or call 1-888-256-1900 

Operation Smile
Donate online above or call 1-888-OPSMILE

Oxfam
If you are outside of the U.S., you can find the direct link to donate through your Oxfam affiliate here.

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)

UNICEF USA 
Donate directly above or call 1-800-4UNICEF. Canadians can donate directly to UNICEF Canada.

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.

Yele Haiti
You can text “Yele” to 501501 to make a $5 donation to Wyclef Jean‘s organization in Haiti, or donate directly here.

STAY INFORMED
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!

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PETITIONS:

Haitian Earthquake Has Destroyed the Capital City   Mercy Corps

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.

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Support the UN’s Response to Haiti Quake Victims United Nations Foundation

Honor UN Peacekeepers in Haiti  Better World Campaign

Help Haiti – Drop the Debt ONE

 

 

 

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4:08AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

We as the more privilege ones should do all we can to help them.

4:39AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

Port O Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact. Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble. There are easily 200,000 dead, the city smells like a charnel house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompetent or outright anti American. Most are French or French speakers, worthless every damn one of them. While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little OBamites and communists that openly speak against America) held us at the airport. These two organizations exemplared their parochialism by:
USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.
Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.Water Damage Restoration

9:19PM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

thank you so much for this info!!!

9:10AM PST on Mar 10, 2010

Thank you! Especially Rosmarie M & Vindiboy F (1st 2 series of comments)

6:44PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

(continued) Haiti's vulnerability to climate change is not only--or even mostly--because of geography. Yes, it faces increasingly heavy storms. But it is Haiti's weak infrastructure that turns challenges into disasters and disasters into full-fledged catastrophes. The earthquake, though not linked to climate change, is a prime example. And this is where all those illegal debt payments may yet extract their most devastating cost. Each payment to a foreign creditor was money not spent on a road, a school, an electrical line. And that same illegitimate debt empowered the IMF and World Bank to attach onerous conditions to each new loan, requiring Haiti to deregulate its economy and slash its public sector still further. Failure to comply was met with a punishing aid embargo from 2001 to '04, the death knell to Haiti's public sphere.
This history needs to be confronted now, because it threatens to repeat itself. Haiti's creditors are already using the desperate need for earthquake aid to push for a fivefold increase in garment-sector production, some of the most exploitative jobs in the country. Haitians have no status in these talks, because they are regarded as passive recipients of aid, not full and dignified participants in a process of redress and restitution.
A reckoning with the debts the world owes to Haiti would radically change this poisonous dynamic. This is where the real road to repair begins: by recognizing the right of Haitians to reparations.
(Finish)

6:43PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

(continued) Was it legal for foreign lenders to collect on the Duvalier debts when so much of it was never spent in Haiti? Very likely not. As Cephas Lumina, the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt, put it to me, "the case of Haiti is one of the best examples of odious debt in the world. On that basis alone the debt should be unconditionally canceled."
But even if Haiti does see full debt cancellation (a big if), that does not extinguish its right to be compensated for illegal debts already collected.
§ The Climate Debt. Championed by several developing countries at the climate summit in Copenhagen, the case for climate debt is straightforward. Wealthy countries that have so spectacularly failed to address the climate crisis they caused owe a debt to the developing countries that have done little to cause the crisis but are disproportionately facing its effects. In short: the polluter pays. Haiti has a particularly compelling claim. Its contribution to climate change has been negligible; Haiti's per capita CO2 emissions are just 1 percent of US emissions. Yet Haiti is among the hardest hit countries--according to one index, only Somalia is more vulnerable to climate change.
(to be continued)

6:40PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

(continued) The French government was sufficiently concerned that it sent a mediator to Port-au-Prince to keep the case out of court. In the end, however, its problem was eliminated: while trial preparations were under way, Aristide was toppled from power. The lawsuit disappeared, but for many Haitians the reparations claim lives on.
§ The Dictatorship Debt. From 1957 to 1986, Haiti was ruled by the defiantly kleptocratic Duvalier regime. Unlike the French debt, the case against the Duvaliers made it into several courts, which traced Haitian funds to an elaborate network of Swiss bank accounts and lavish properties. In 1988 Kurzban won a landmark suit against Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier when a US District Court in Miami found that the deposed ruler had "misappropriated more than $504,000,000 from public monies."
Haitians, of course, are still waiting for their payback--but that was only the beginning of their losses. For more than two decades, the country's creditors insisted that Haitians honor the huge debts incurred by the Duvaliers, estimated at $844 million, much of it owed to institutions like the IMF and the World Bank. In debt service alone, Haitians have paid out tens of millions every year.
(to be continued)

6:35PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

Haiti: A Creditor, Not a Debtor
Our debt to Haiti stems from four main sources: slavery, the US occupation, dictatorship and climate change. These claims are not fantastical, nor are they merely rhetorical. They rest on multiple violations of legal norms and agreements. Here, far too briefly, are highlights of the Haiti case.
§ The Slavery Debt. When Haitians won their independence from France in 1804, they would have had every right to claim reparations from the powers that had profited from three centuries of stolen labor. France, however, was convinced that it was Haitians who had stolen the property of slave owners by refusing to work for free. So in 1825, with a flotilla of war ships stationed off the Haitian coast threatening to re-enslave the former colony, King Charles X came to collect: 90 million gold francs--ten times Haiti's annual revenue at the time. With no way to refuse, and no way to pay, the young nation was shackled to a debt that would take 122 years to pay off.
In 2003, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, facing a crippling economic embargo, announced that Haiti would sue the French government over that long-ago heist. "Our argument," Aristide's former lawyer Ira Kurzban told me, "was that the contract was an invalid agreement because it was based on the threat of re-enslavement at a time when the international community regarded slavery as an evil."


6:20PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

Haiti: A Creditor, Not a Debtor
Lookout
By Naomi Klein

This article appeared in the March 1, 2010 edition of The Nation.
February 11, 2010

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If we are to believe the G-7 finance ministers, Haiti is on its way to getting something it has deserved for a very long time: full "forgiveness" of its foreign debt. In Port-au-Prince, Haitian economist Camille Chalmers has been watching these developments with cautious optimism. Debt cancellation is a good start, he told Al Jazeera English, but "It's time to go much further. We have to talk about reparations and restitution for the devastating consequences of debt." In this telling, the whole idea that Haiti is a debtor needs to be abandoned. Haiti, he argues, is a creditor--and it is we, in the West, who are deeply in arrears.

Author's note: The interview with economist Camille Chalmers was conducted by my partner Avi Lewis for an in-depth report that aired today on Al Jazeera English. You can watch the piece, Haiti: The Politics of Rebuilding, here.
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5:47PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

This is great information to have-Thanks soo much!

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