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By: masshysteria, 7:44 PM GMT on January 13, 2010
As you well know by now, Haiti is in critical need of medical supplies, water and food due to the tremendously devastating earthquake they sustained on Tuesday, January 12th! I am, therefore, creating links to reputable charitable organizations in the hopes that our WU Community, and those who are not, will select one in which to donate. In doing so, you will also be assisting the Haitian people in their time of great need. If you know of any other charitable organizations you deem safe which are not included below, please let me know so I can add them to this header. I ask that you give what you can as the need is overwhelming!! Thank you!
TUESDAY'S HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE WAS 7.3 ON THE RICHTER SCALE AND IS THE WORST IN THEIR HISTORY SINCE 1770. THEY ALSO HAD AFTERSHOCKS REACHING 5.0!
VIDEO TAKEN FROM AP NEWS SOURCE AND UPLOADED ON YOUTUBE
OF HAITI'S WORST DAY, JANUARY 12, 2010. IT SAYS IT ALL!!
PLEASE WATCH, OPEN UP YOUR HEART AND SOUL AND DONATE!!
Some Fast Facts About Haiti
(Source: CBS "The Early Show")
Borders the Dominican Republican on the Island of
Hispaniola (between Cuba and Puerto Rico)
About the size of the state of Maryland
Population estimated at around 9 million (more than 2
million live in capital city Port-au-Prince)
Considered the poorest country in the Western
Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world
(i.e.,70% of the population earn $2.15 per day; half
of the population is employed)
Has high infant mortality rate (60 per every 1,000
births); 10 times that of the United States
Highest rate of HIV infection in all of Americas
Infrastructure ranks among the worst in the world
Hit by four different hurricanes in 2008 that had left
BELOW ARE ALL SAFE AND REPUTABLE RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
AND SITES/LINKS ON WHICH YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:
PORTLIGHT ORGANIZATION HERE ON WU: Link
Portlight's focus in this is going to be on people with disabilities in Haiti...providing medical equipment, shelter, and food for them...there is an article below about the treatment of this population in the best of times...and this ain't the best of times...
We have a "Go" container in Atlanta which will ship out in a few days...and an ongoing relationship with a community of Catholic sisters in Port au Prince who will be opening shelters....
Any funds we raise will be used to defray shipping costs of medical and clinical equipment...and for the purchase of food and other shelter supplies...Haiti is our neighbor...and Haitians are certainly forgotten people...people with disabilities in Haiti are frequently barely seen as human...
Anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Haitians with disabilities please WU mail us...
LISTS BELOW FROM HUFFINGTONPOST.COM:
INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FUND FOR HAITI: Link
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Link
ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS Link
CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince today to assist in recovery efforts. They're focusing their efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed. Donate to CARE. Link
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.
WYCLEF JEAN's Yele Haiti Organization:
Donate through Wyclef Jean's foundation, Yele Haiti. Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.
DIRECT LINK TO DONATIONS:
•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.Link
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.
SHELTERBOX is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.
ShelterBoxes are being frantically packed to go to Haiti.
Please see post #49 from Surfmom for further information.
THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER REPUTABLE ORGANIZATIONS LINKED ON THE HUFFINGTONPOST AND I URGE YOU TO CHECK THEM OUT! AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME! (SEE HUFFINGTON'S LINK ABOVE)
THE LENGTHY LIST OF MORE REPUTABLE AGENCIES AND/OR ORGANIZATIONS BELOW IS COURTESY OF OUR GOOD WU FRIEND, ALLEYOOPS! THANKS SO MUCH FOR RESEARCHING AND
PROVIDING ALL OF US WITH MORE WORTHY SITES TO MAKE MUCH NEEDED DONATIONS!!!
Haiti earthquake: How to help
A list of charitable organizations active in the nation
Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Refugee Committee, 800-875-7060
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
B'nai B'rith International, 202-857-6600
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Church World Services, 800-297-1516
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998
Cross International, 800-391-8545
CRUDEM Foundation, 413-642-0450
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Episcopal Relief and Development, 800-334-7626
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Friends of the Orphans, 312-386-7499
Habitat for Humanity, 1-800-422-4828
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Healing Hands for Haiti, 651-769-5846
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Child Care, 800-722-4453
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Islamic Relief USA, 888-479-4968
Lions Club International Foundation, 630-203-3836
Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
Medical Benevolence Foundation, 800-547-7627
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 800-306-9950
New Life for Haiti, 815-436-7633
Operation Blessing, 800-730-2537
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
RHEMA International, 248-652-9894
Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
UN Central Emergency Response Fund
United Methodist Committee on Relief, 800-554-8583
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Hope International, 888-466-4673
World Relief, 800-535-5433
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean's grassroots org
Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone
The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. "Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time."
For those interesting in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. (More information)
Some of the major credit card companies, including American Express and Mastercard are waiving their usual fees so that the full amount of donation will go to the relief organization. Typically, a small percentage is charged to the organization accepting the credit card.
An analysis by the Huffington Post found that credit card companies make about $250 million a year off of people's charitable donations.
Finally, the FBI urges people who are looking for ways to help with earthquake relief to be wary of solicitations that could be from scam artists.
To the Poor
by Anna Lætitia Barbauld
Child of distress, who meet’st the bitter scorn
Of fellow-men to happier prospects born,
Doomed Art and Nature’s various stores to see
Flow in full cups of joy—and not for thee;
Who seest the rich, to heaven and fate resigned,
Bear thy afflictions with a patient mind;
Whose bursting heart disdains unjust control,
Who feel’st oppression’s iron in thy soul,
Who dragg’st the load of faint and feeble years,
Whose bread is anguish, and whose water tears;
Bear, bear thy wrongs—fulfill thy destined hour,
Bend thy meek neck beneath the foot of Power;
But when thou feel’st the great deliverer nigh,
And thy freed spirit mounting seeks the sky,
Let no vain fears thy parting hour molest,
No whispered terrors shake thy quiet breast:
Think not their threats can work thy future woe,
Nor deem the Lord above like lords below;—
Safe in the bosom of that love repose
By whom the sun gives light, the ocean flows;
Prepare to meet a Father undismayed,
Nor fear the God whom priests and kings have made.
A PRAYER FOR HAITI BY BOB SALO
Beautiful artwork of the true essence of the Haitian people.Link
Written prior to the earthquake -
Please note: A portion of his artworks' proceeds will be donated to The Joy and Hope Of Haiti, an organization that has been instrumental in providing a better life for Haitian children for well over a decade.
Nevertheless, he "has been back to Haiti several times over the last few years. It is rich in culture and in so any other ways but still remains one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. If you wish to learn more of the ongoing efforts or contribute in any way to this country, please visit www.joyandhopeofHaiti.ca" Link
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Updated: 8:07 PM GMT on May 09, 2011