Help for Haiti: Links
News and images of the January 12th Haiti earthquake and its aftershocks are unspeakably horrendous. As we join millions of others around the world in support of coordinated relief efforts, we also want to help spread the word on how to help.
Click on the following links to make donations online, or to learn more about how to participate in other ways.
Google crisis response offers a list of links – and with a single click you can donate to any number of response and relief organizations via Google checkout. Included on the page is a link to UNICEF, which is deploying clean water and sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter to Jacmel and Port-au-Prince. UNICEF will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation. Another link provided by Google is to CARE, which plans to start food distributions using stocks of high-protein biscuits from CARE warehouses in Haiti. CARE has 133 staff who are on the ground coordinating with U.N. agencies and other aid organizations to gather more detailed information about the damage and will rapidly scale up response based on those assessments.
You can also give to Save the Children through PayPal or Amazon Payments. This means that you can donate Swagbucks -- you can get $5 on PayPal for every 70 Swagbucks you cash in. They usually send out gift cards you buy on the 16th of the month, so if you want to buy some PayPal money to donate do so asap.
The following organizations are accepting SMS (text) donations in the US only (You will get a message back asking you to text YES to confirm your donation, and you’ll get a confirmation text back so you will know if it worked):
- SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
- SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
Habitat for Humanity has a dedicated page on its site that offers information and the option to support the rebuilding effort. The Salvation Army has an established presence on Haiti, and offers a secure online website for donations.
Also accepting cash and in-kind donations are the following sites: UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee, and CARE.
These big organizations have people on the ground in Haiti, or will soon. If you’d rather give to an organization not on this but that resonates with you personally, remember to check Guidestar or another ratings site to make sure the organization will make good use of your funds. (And be sure to find out if your employer will match your gift.)
If you are short on funds, there are other ways to help:
- Search for travel through Donation Travel, which gives you the option of raising money for Mercy Corps' Haitian Relief effort.
- Donate miles or rewards points. Starwood and Delta make it possible to donate points or miles to the Red Cross. (You can also get AA bonus miles for your donation.)
- Zynga has already been raising money for Haiti since October through online gaming.
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John Rundle is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Geology at UC Davis and the Executive Director of the APEC Collaboration for Earthquake Simulations. He chaired the Board of Advisors for the Southern California Earthquake Center from 1994 to 1996. Read John's blog.