An 8.8 earthquake hit just off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning, killing at least 802 people and creating tsunami warnings in more than 50 countries across the Pacific ocean. Thousands are believed to have been left homeless due to the widespread destruction of buildings. - after The Huffington Post
I’ve added the information on the Chile earthquake relief.
On January 12th 2010 the 7.0-magnitude quake killed at least 100,000 people in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Two weeks later, after indescribable efforts to first rescue the survivors from under the rubble, save their lives, and then keep them alive while facing the limited sources of food and water, the U.N. now says up to 1 million people require shelter…
Experts speculate that rebuilding the area may take over 10 years. Given the economical condition of Haiti even from before the quake, the need for the world’s help is not going anywhere, that’s for sure.
Below I put together the best information and sources I could find on HOW YOU CAN HELP, today and for months to come, internationally and in my fatherland, Poland. Please spread the word and feel free to contact me if you would like me to add more info, from any country.
Starting with the most recent amazing telethon and concert titled HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, you can still go to their website HopeForHaitiNow.org or make a toll-free call to donate:
USA & Canada
+1 773 360 0205
The CNN’s Impact Your World page gives a nice list of organizations specifically helping Haiti, their links and ways to donate.
This is how you can donate by sending a TEXT message – probably one of the easiest options to many of us:
Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
UNICEF: Text UNICEF to 20222 ($10 donation)
Clinton Foundation: Text HAITI to 20222 ($10 donation)
Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)
World Food Program: Text: FRIENDS to 90999 ($5 donation)
UN Foundation: Text CERF to 90999 ($5 donation)
Compassion Intl: Text DISASTER to 90999 ($10 donation)
Intl Rescue Committee Text: HAITI to 25383 ($5 donation)
The Salvation Army: Text HAITI to 52000 ($10 donation)
Cure Intl: Text CURE to 85944 ($10 donation)
Oxfam: Text OXFAM to 25383 ($10 donation)
Samaritan’s Purse: Text SP to 85944 ($10 donation)
Salvation Army in Canada: Text HAITI to 45678 ($5 donation)
Plan Canada: Text HAITI to 30333 ($5)
NGO group Canada for Haiti: Text Aid to 45678 ($5)
World Vision Canada: Text WORLD to 45678 ($5)
UNICEF CANADA: Text GIVE to 45678 ($5)
The Canadian Red Cross Society: Text REDCROSS to 30333 ($5)
UN World Food Programme: Text RELIEF to 45678 ($5)
From the United Kingdom:
Disasters Emergency Committee: Text GIVE to 70077 (£5 Pounds)
French Red Cross: Text HAITI to 80222 (1 Euro)
(In addition to your donation amount, standard text messaging fees will apply.)
The Huffington Post also put together a helpful article with more detailed info and links to the organizations you may want to know about “Haiti Earthquake Relief – HOW YOU CAN HELP”.
These are the most important places to go to when you’re ready to read and donate:
•Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres is now asking donors to give to their general unrestricted fund, to ensure that any surplus donations they receive can be put to good use anywhere in the world. MSF has been working in Haiti for 19 years.
In response to the crisis in Haiti, the project Images Without Borders for Doctors Without Borders was formed. In an effort to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, over 120 well known and budding photographers all over the world have donated over 400 photographs to Images Without Borders, allowing art and photography lovers to purchase art and make a difference at the same time. 100% of the proceeds from photos sold goes directly to Doctors Without Borders for their efforts in Haiti and the rest of the world.
•The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.
•Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is being run by former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and was created at the behest of President Obama. They oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. One hundred percent of the donations made to the Clinton Foundation go directly to relief efforts. Ninety-nine percent of the donations made to the Communities Foundation of Texas go directly to relief efforts.
•UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
•Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
•Save The Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate to their fund to provide medical attention and clean water to children and families. Text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children for Haiti earthquake victims.
•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. The IMC previously helped recovery efforts after September 2009′s earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, and the massive 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Donate to the International Medical Corps through their 24-hour hotline at 800-481-4462
•Partners In Health reports its Port-au-Prince clinical director , Louise Ivers, has appealed for assistance: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS… Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.” Donate to their Haiti earthquake fund.
•As a UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton appeared on CNN on Wednesday to ask for further assistance in bringing relief to populations on the ground. You can donate through the Clinton Foundation or text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10.
•MERLIN is an international medical non-profit organization working to save lives in countries devastated by disaster, disease and conflict. Merlin delivers emergency medical aid and lasting health care wherever it’s needed most. With over 15 years of program experience in 40 countries, Merlin works in some of the world’s most difficult humanitarian and health environments. From the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, to the ongoing conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo, to the recent earthquake in Haiti, Merlin responds rapidly with an experienced emergency medical and logistical team then remains in crisis-affected countries to provide long-term health support.
•EDEYO.org is a smaller independent not-for-profit organization creating educational opportunities to some of Haiti’s poorest children. The Earquake on Jan.12 destroyed Edeyo’s school…
Go to the Huffington Post or CNN links above to see more organizations.
All the Canadians can go to CANADA FOR HAITI or call 1-877-51-HAITI (42484) to donate.
Also check this CBC site to see more links to Canadian charities and to read about the Canada For Haiti charity coalition.
If you happen to live IN POLAND, this is where you want to go to:
In Poland you can also help by sending a text message.
Mieszkajac w Polsce mozesz rowniez pomoc Haiti wysylajac SMSy:
SMS o tre?ci POMAGAM na numer 72052 (2,44 z? z VAT) – Caritas
SMS o tre?ci HAITI na numer 74505 (4 z? + VAT) – Polska Akcja Humanitarna
SMS o tre?ci UNICEF na numer 7245 (2 z?+VAT) – Unicef
HOW TO HELP CHILE
Go to this Huffington Post guide listing all the organizations focusing now on directing help to Chile.
If you want to help by sending a text message, these are the numbers to use in the US:
Text CHILE to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Text CHILE to 23583 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity
Text CHILE to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision
Text CHILE to 50555 to donate $10 to the Friends of World Food Program
Text CHILE to 52000 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army
Text REBUILD to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA
Text 4CHILE to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope
Text CHILE to 864833 to give $10 to the United Way
Now go do your part. With Love.