Helping The People of Haiti

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Several Web sites are posting links with how to help. It’s boiling down to donating money. The people of Haiti need money, and they need it now. I’m hoping companies will start to match employee contributions so that we can make donations stretch further.

I’ve compiled a list of the main organizations and am listing a few that specialize in helping woman and children. As a mother, I can’t bear the thought that children are in need.

Samaritan’s Purse
A Christian-based organization, they’ve been in Haiti before and can quickly mobilize to offer help. They were there when hurricanes hit this small country. I also like Samaritan’s Purse for the work they do with Operation Christmas Child.
http://www.samaritanspurse.org

The Red Cross
This goes without saying. The Red Cross is THE organization for disaster relief. You can text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to make an instant $10 donation.
http://redcross.org

Doctors Without Borders
“MSF [Doctors Without Borders] has already treated more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti following Tuesday’s earthquake, but the needs are huge. An inflatable hospital with operating theatres is expected to arrive in the next 24 hours.”
http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

Save The Children
The agency, with offices in Port-au-Prince. “As it has done in recent disasters in Haiti, Save the Children is preparing to provide immediate lifesaving assistance, such as food, water, shelter and child-friendly spaces. It has verified the safety of all but 16 staff members in its main office. Save the Children, which has been working in Haiti since 1985, has provided emergency relief and assistance to Haitian children and families following various recent disasters, including hurricanes and floods.”
http://www.savethechildren.org/

CARE
“CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.”
http://www.care.org

  • Be sure to ask your employer, church or other organization if they will match funds. This is the quickest way to make your money go further.
  • Watch ABC News’ How To Avoid Aid Scams, including do’s and dont’s of giving.
  • Read Mia Farrow’s Opinion piece on CNN.com, “How You Can Help Haiti’s Children
    “In any disaster, children are the most vulnerable. They are in danger of being separated from their families, and they are at increased risk of injury, disease, malnutrition and every form of exploitation and abuse. Undoubtedly, with a disaster of this magnitude, these threats will be particularly grave for Haiti’s children.”

No money to give? Give blood. We all have it coursing through our veins. Haitians need it in great supply.

Photo credit: Matthew Marek/American Red Cross 

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