Helping Haiti

January 16, 2010

On January 12, 2010, the island of Hispaniola was the site of an earthquake that rocked Port Au Prince, Haiti. That particular earthquake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.

For those of you, like me, who don’t know much about the Richter scale, here is an explanation of the Richter scale, brought to us by the United States Geological Society.

The damage from this earthquake is currently being estimated to have killed between 45,000 – 50,000 people according to the Red Cross or up to 200,000 people a cording to the national government of Haiti. The devistation has destroyed many of the major land marks, historical points, the presidential palace, and MOST importantly many major hospitals in the area.

The International Red Cross is estimating that this earthquake has effected over 3 million people and that these people are dealing with limited medical attention, limited food sources and limited access to clean water, let alone shelter. The other issue is that this is already an impoverished nation. The GNP of Haiti is approximately $480.00 per capita, compared to the 47,850.00 per capita of the United States.

These people who are attempting to survive the tragedy that has befallen them must feel helpless as many Americans may feel in terms of helping Haiti. Here are some links and information will aid us in our helplessness to help these people in their time of need.

This information comes from The Seattle Times article copied here:

How to help:

Locally based agencies along with other international relief organizations are accepting monetary donations to help with aid efforts in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. (Meanwhile, beware of scams.)

American Red Cross, 800-733-2767 or, or text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10. The amount will be added to your next phone bill.

World Vision, Federal Way, 888-511-6548 or

American Jewish World Service, New York, 212.792.2900 or

Lutheran World Relief, Portland, 410-230-2800 or

United Methodist Committee on Relief, New York, (800) 554-8583 or

UNICEF To donate to the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Haiti and the Caribbean region, please visit: or call 1-800-4UNICEF.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) To donate to the official humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Call 1-877-HELP-CRS or

Salvation Army Donations can be made through 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or, or text “Haiti” to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations, has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them.

International Rescue Committee: Visit or call toll free, 1-877-REFUGEE.

Oxfam: Visit

USA Today NGOs, faith-based organizations contributing to relief efforts. Visit Kindness: New ways we give and volunteer

MSNBC: A list of charitable organizations in the U.S. coordinating relief efforts. Visit Haiti Earthquake: How to help

Charity Navigator’s list of organizations working in Haiti and their charity ranking. Visit

Better Business Bureau’s tips on text donations. Visit BBB advice on donating by text.

I’ve made my donation, will you do the same?


One Response to “Helping Haiti”

  1. […] do have it better than the fine folks in Haiti (of which you can still donate and become involved – Helping Haiti (click here) and follow the links to find out how), but I do find it interesting that this pattern […]

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