Atlanta-based nonprofits, from CARE to Habitat for Humanity, have started efforts to collect everything from money to medicine to tents to help Haiti rebuild after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake.
AJC reporter Kristi Swartz writes that groups have set up Web sites for people to donate money, food and other items, and are using Facebook and Twitter to solicit help.
The country’s phone lines are out, making communication nearly impossible. MAP International, which gives medicine and supplies to poor countries, was able to contact staffers Tuesday night by using e-mail or satellite telephones.
MAP is sending medicines and medical supplies worth $2.8 million to hospitals and clinics in Haiti, Swartz reports.
Atlanta’s Habitat for Humanity International is sending a team to assess the damage to low-cost housing, spokesperson Katie Evans said.
UPS is committing $1 million in cash and free shipping, spokesperson Lynnette McIntire said.
The Coca-Cola Foundation pledged a $1 million grant to the American Red Cross and is providing bottled water and other products to the relief effort through a bottler in the Dominican Republic, Coke CEO Muhtar Kent said in a written statement to employees.
And Atlanta-based CARE said on its Web site that officials still are trying to contact its country office in Haiti. “The immediate need is to rescue people trapped in the rubble, [and] then to get people food and water,” Haiti country director Sophie Perez posted on CARE’s Web site.
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