I have a friend in Haiti now. I’ve heard from her family that she’s OK, which is a tremendous relief, but I keep thinking about all the other people who were not as lucky as she. As the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, Haiti needs our help now more than ever.
If you haven’t yet donated to the relief effort in Haiti (or even if you have), I want to encourage you to consider contributing $10–or whatever you can afford–to one of these 3 organizations. All have been awarded the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities:
- The International Rescue Committee goes to crisis zones to rescue and rebuild. It’s now deploying its Emergency Response Team to Haiti to deliver help to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince. They will be working with local aid groups to provide vital medical care, clean water and sanitation to the quake’s survivors. The IRC’s specialists are veteran first-responders who have quickly set up effective emergency programs around the world during violent conflicts and natural disasters, including last year’s cyclone in Myanmar and the South Asian tsunami in 2005. Click here to support the IRC’s emergency work in Haiti.
- Partners In Health, which has been fighting poverty and disease in Haiti for close to 25 years, is already on the ground with facilities strategically placed just outside Port-au-Prince. They are now mobilizing resources and making plans to bring medical assistance and supplies to communities that have been hardest hit. Your contribution will be quickly routed to these relief efforts. Go here to help Partners in Health deliver much-needed care to Haiti’s earthquake survivors.
- The international women’s group MADRE has also worked in Haiti for many years, supporting community-based organizations in times of disaster. MADRE has already activated an emergency response through its partner organization, Zanmi Lasante Clinic. Right now, 100% of your donation to their Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help doctors, nurses, and community health workers meet the urgent needs facing Haitian women and families. Click here to contribute to MADRE’s important work.
Of course, there are lots of other great organizations and ways to help. One of the fastest ways to send relief is to text “Haiti” to 90999, which sends a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
If you aren’t in a position to make a financial contribution, you can help raise awareness of the earthquake tragedy. Talk to your family and friends and direct them to these websites for updates and ways to help.
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