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Earthquake Devastates Haiti - 3 Million People in Need of Emergency Aid

We may all be aware of the devastating effects ridden by the massive earthquake which struck the country of Haiti, but most importantly we all need to be aware of how we can help aid with the aftermath of death, starvation and rebuilding.

There have been several new charities and organizations set up to aid Haiti as well as many agencies and organizations that have been trying to help Haiti for years and they may already be there on the ground lending a helping hand.

It might be confusing with whom to donate.  So, we’ve listed a few here to help.

Please read the article below to get more information about what happened in Haiti surrounding the earthquake and if you are looking to help the people of Haiti either by a contribution of money, clothing/food or volunteering here are few organizations/events you can contact.

Hope for Haiti Telethon: Jan. 22, 2009

Hope for "Haiti Telethon" (USA) airing Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The show will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, BET, CBS, CMT, CNN, the CW, FOX, MTV, NBC, HBO and VH1.

The global event will be hosted in New York, Los Angeles and Haiti. Money raised from the telethon will be donated to UNICEF, Yele, Red Cross and Partners in Health to name a few organizations.

The Salvation Army
At this point The Salvation Army is only accepting monetary donations, and they have a few different ways to receive. You can text “Haiti” to 52000 (in the US) to make a $10 donation, but if you’d like to offer a little more help, you can make a donation on the Salvation Army’s Web site.


The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is also taking $10 donations via your mobile device. Just text 90999 (in the US).  As always, donations can be made to the organization online.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

UNICEF remains dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to children affected by disasters, and to protecting their rights in any circumstances, no matter how difficult. In health and nutrition, water and sanitation, protection, education and HIV/AIDS, UNICEF’s Core Corporate Commitments to Children in Emergencies are more than a mission statement – they are a humanitarian imperative.

+++ If you are aware of other organizations we should mention or events taking place around the world to help Haiti please leave a comment below with the details or contact us and we can try and add it here.

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 January, 2010 : - - A powerful earthquake of 7.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck Haiti on 12 January, centred 17 km south-west of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The quake has had a devastating impact on the capital. The remaining areas of Haiti appear to be largely unaffected.

"There is no doubt that we are facing a major humanitarian emergency and that a major relief effort will be required," said the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Initial reconnaissance and aerial assessments have been undertaken. It is now clear that the earthquake has had a devastating impact on the capital, Port-au-Prince . The National Palace , the Cathedral, the Ministry of Justice and other important Government offices have been destroyed. Hotels, hospitals, schools and the national penitentiary have all suffered extensive damage.Buildings and infrastructure were heavily damaged throughout the capital. Basic services such as water and electricity have collapsed almost entirely. The remaining areas of Haiti appear to be largely unaffected, except for Jacmel..

The UN Headquarters at the Christopher Hotel collapsed in the quake. Many people are still trapped inside. Other UN offices have also been damaged, and 10 people are missing from the UNDP compound that houses UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNIFEM, WFP, OCHA and UNEP.
Bidonville Shanty Town

Bidonville shanty town devastated : photo Matt Marek/American Red Cross

While the earthquake was felt as far afield as Les Cayes in the southwest and Gonaives to the north, little destruction has been reported in far-flung areas of the country. However, in the capital region, destruction is massive and broad, while Haitian services are visibly unable to cope.

The UN Mission in Haiti ( MINUSTAH ) has around 3,000 troops and police in and around Port-au-Prince to help maintain order and assist in relief efforts. MINUSTAH engineers have also begun clearing some of the main roads in Port-Au-Prince which will allow assistance and rescuers to reach those in need.

Casualties, which are vast, can only be estimated. An unknown number –tens if not hundreds of thousands –have suffered varying degrees of destruction to their homes.

UN personnel seriously injured in the earthquake were evacuated from all sites overnight to UN medical facilities near the airport, which remains operational.

Haitians, fearful of houses collapsing on them or of a second earthquake, slept in the streets of Port-au-Prince Tuesday night. Electricity supplies have been interrupted. Water is in short supply. Some major transportation routes have been severely disrupted by surface cracks, rocks and boulders, fallen trees and smashed cars.

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photos: American Red Cross, and Presidential palace before and after earthquake : photo AP & AFP

Posted by ExplorerGirls on 19 January 2010 - 5:00pm.
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 Sadly with crisis like this, it is often timely and relevant in the media for a short time and then it fades from our receptors. We need the support to continue long into the future for this tragedy stricken country.


Thank you for sharing the places to donate. It can be so difficult to know which organisations to provide to. 


Emma Lovell Lovelly Communications Lovelly by name, Lovely by nature

Email: emma_lovelly@hotmail.com



Posted by Lovelly on 25 January 2010 - 10:36pm.
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