Haiti Earthquake: You Can Help

earthquake imagesFrance fears everyone inside U.N. HQ dead...Presidential Palace Collapsed... Yesterday, a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti collapsed countless buildingsand claimed an “as-yet uncounted number of lives — perhaps thousands.” Deemed a “catastrophe of major proportions,” the quake destroyed much of the capital city Port-au-Prince. The State Department informed that you can make a $10 donation by simply texting “HAITI” to “90999.”

Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors. The agency aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208.

Doctors Without Borders is on the ground and has set up clinics to treat injured in Haiti. Donate any amount so they can keep their efforts going.

Direct Relief is committing up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations. Their partners in Haiti include Partners in Health, St. Damien Children's Hospital, and the Visitation Hospital, which are particularly active in emergency response. Donate to Direct Relief online.

Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation and help people recover. Donate to Oxfam America online.

•The Baptist Haiti Mission is operating an 82-bed hospital that is "overflowing with injured." Donate online to BHM and 100% of your donation will go to the relief effort.

International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake. Donate online.


catholic relief services (not verified) 11 years 37 weeks ago

Catholic Relief Services staff in Haiti is responding immediately to the earthquake that rocked Port -au- Prince, the capital of Haiti. Tuesday night the agency made an immediate commitment of $ 5 million for emergency supplies.

robert rawley (not verified) 11 years 36 weeks ago

PLEASE Web Mgr, check the two links to Mercy Corp. They lead to a Page Not Found at Huffington Post!!!

Readers, just google Mercy Corps rather than give up trying to use the links here until checked & corrected,

SueN (not verified) 11 years 36 weeks ago

Thanks for the heads up, Robert. I've fixed it.

Karen R. Johnson (not verified) 11 years 36 weeks ago

Why is there absolutely no mention anywhere ever about helping the people in Haiti with "family planning"?? All of the past years the USA has been helping the poor country with food, medicine and whatever they need just so they can continue to reproduce indiscriminately. They have been feeding their poor, starving children mud pies and continue to breed. If they had birth control, they would have the time and energy to work and provide for the children they already have. I am on a campaign to discuss with all of the U.S. citizens the fact that we need help at home before we send aid and money to other stupid countries.

Mike (not verified) 11 years 36 weeks ago

Rather than referring to Haiti as stupid, I'm going to write a check to Oxfam. I have heard a lot of good things about this organization. The devastation in Haiti wouldn't be so horrific if the West hadn't stolen nearly half everything Haiti produces. We invaded Haiti at least four times and some accounts put that number higher. The French threatened blockade on Haiti repeatedly. How can a nation exist under those circumstances? We owe Haiti much. Now it's time to pay some of that back.

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