How To Donate To The Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort
As all of you no doubt have heard already, a massive Earthquake struck the poverty-stricken island nation of Haiti on Tuesday, killing tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people and leaving many more homeless. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there have been at least two major aftershocks in the area since the disastrous 7.0 earthquake, one 5.9 on Tuesday and one 5.8 on Wednesday, wreaking further havoc. There are probably a few lessor aftershocks still to come. While a 5.8 earthquake is an order of magnitude less severe than a 7.0, keep in mind that some buildings in many parts of the island still standing have been structurally compromised. It might not take much to send them toppling over, claiming even more lives.
The Haitian people are still in a state of emergency, many fighting for their lives. Immediate help is needed. But even after the immediate crisis has passed in the upcoming weeks, rebuilding the city of Port-au-Prince and feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for the poverty-stricken natives who’ve lost everything will be a massive undertaking. Just because the tide of death has been stemmed does not mean these people don’t still need our help. That need will continue for months if not years.
Here’s How You Can Help
Here are a few reputable charity organizations in the thick of the action. I encourage you to seek out other donation opportunities, but also caution that some greedy thieves will attempt to take advantage of your sympathy and syphon well-meaning donations away from the relief effort for their own personal gain. It’s sad, but that’s life. Be sure to check out any charity you’re thinking of donating to. All of the following charities are large, reputable, and very well-known. They are also registered 501(c)(3) charities, meaning your donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund - Donate online at this site or text YELE to 501501 to automatically donate $5. The $5 charge will appear on your phone bill. This is the fund set up by Wyclef Jean, an popular musician and Haiti native.
American Red Cross – You can donate to the American Red Cross online on their donation page. Be sure to choose “disaster relief” if you want your money to go towards Haitian relief (and the relief of upcoming disasters, wherever they may be). You can also donate $10 directly to the Haitian relief fund by texting HAITI to 90999.
UNICEF USA Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund – You can donate through UNICEF via their online donation form. UNICEF’s relief efforts focus on children.
Partners In Health – You can donate to Partners In Health’s Stand With Haiti fund via their online donation page.
Remember, the need doesn’t end when the relief workers start coming home in the next few days. That’s when it just beings.
More info on other PF Blogs:
@Four Pillars: Please Donate To Haiti Earthquake Victims
@Million Dollar Journey: Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help
@No Debt Plan: Save Ways To Help Haiti
@Cash Money Life – How You Can Help the Relief Efforts in Haiti
@Consumerism Commentary – Safe Donations To The Victims Of The Earthquake In Haiti