Helping Haiti - Support The Earthquake Victims
After traveling all day yesterday, I woke up with my plane touching down in Houston only to find out that Haiti had been leveled by an earthquake. During my 3 hour layover, I sought to read all the news I could get my hands on, only to be repeatedly shocked by what I read and saw. A death toll possibly into the hundreds of thousands, giant buildings destroyed, and a country on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. I searched online for ways to help, and found a few organizations on the ground. I tried to draw attention via TwitCause to them with the hopes that people would make a donation or contribute in some manner.
What really grabbed me about Haiti is that it's a country already severely ravaged by poverty and ill-fortune. My dad was part of the mission that helped set up the UN peacekeeping force there and described Haiti as the poorest country he's ever been to (and he's been to some fairly poor places in Africa and Asia). So, just imagine, this country whose people have been working hard to get their nation back on its feet is all-of-a-sudden hit with the worst of natural disasters. The poor infrastructure, medical and rescue capabilities of course don't stand a chance. It'll only be with the immediate help of nations around the world, and of their people, that we'll be able to prevent a terrible situation from getting even worse. If you're still thinking about how to help, stop thinking and act now.
In support of the victims in Haiti, we're trying to do our part. This week's TwitCause will be dedicated to helping the Red Cross raise money for their rescue efforts as well as for spreading the message of how we can all help. Here on EP, we ask you to spread the word to your friends and consider making a donation. Join our group here and share your story. Post a link to this story on your blog, website, Facebook, or Twitter.
We're encouraging you to donate to the Red Cross, which you can do here: http://bit.ly/8kl54a
Here are a few other ways to support:
1. Donate to Oxfam: http://bit.ly/6n2HqB
2. Text "HAITI" to "90999" to donate $10 to the Red Cross
3. Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti
4. Donate to Partners in Health http://bit.ly/5BDuc1
5. Donate to Doctors Without Borders: http://bit.ly/6iHw83