Opportunities to Bring Relief to Haiti
A devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti yesterday near its capital, Port-Au-Prince, the worst in over 202 years. Early numbers estimate that this earthquake may have impacted up to 3 million people. That’s a third of the entire population. Many of the building structures throughout the region have collapsed, including local hospitals as well as the national penitentiary. The Haiti prime minister told CNN today that he believe well over 100,000 have died in the earthquake. There is also wide-spread fear of looting and crimes that will rise in the days to come.
My different relief organizations and nations are headed to Haiti to provide assistance. The UN has initially allocated $10 million towards the relief efforts.
I’d like to challenge everyone today to do something and move beyond awareness. Here are some ideas:
- GIVE – Here are two great organizations who are doing work on the ground in Haiti right now:
- The American Red Cross – They have already pledged a million dollars to help in the relief effort by providing food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. Donate by clicking here. You can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts.
- World Vision – They are already working in Haiti to bring relief including food, clean water, blankets, and tents — to children and families devastated by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.
- UNICEF – A relief organization focusing on children after natural disasters.
- ONE DAY’S WAGES – ODW is working with World Concern to bring relief to Haiti. World Concern has worked in Haiti since 1978 and serve 125,000 people.
- INVITE – Ask your friends and family to join you in giving towards Haiti.
- PRAY – Continue to pray for the millions impacted by this earthquake.
- COMMIT – Choose to stay updated on what’s happening in Haiti even after the news dies down. Relief will be needed for months if not years. May this never become just the latest news. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We must take care of the poor.
Please feel free to share links to any other organizations that are bringing relief in Haiti.