I’ve been crying watching the news coverage of the Haitian earthquake. They are now estimating that up to 500,000 may be dead. Here’s the latest AP story from our front. (Keeping checking the AJC front for updates.)
I wanted to make sure that everyone saw the information from the AJC’s front page about how you can help these Haitian families recover.
If you’re looking to help after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, a variety of charitable organizations are collecting donations to assist.
• UNICEF: Which helps children in humanitarian crisis
• Atlanta Red Cross: Provides humanitarian relief
• American Red Cross: Emergency response organization
• CARE: Atlanta-based humanitarian organization fighting global poverty
• Help Haiti now: Organization which provides food, water, medicine, and educational support to the poor in Haiti.
• Hope for Haiti : An organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare.
• Partners in Health : Provides a preferential option for the poor in health care.
HOW TO HELP
• The State Department’s DipNote blog writes that “for those interesting in helping immediately, simply text ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999′ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps Mercy Corps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.”
• If you’d rather help out locally, check out the AJC’s charitable and non-profit organizations. There are also numerous sites around the Web with links to aid organizations providing assistance to quake victims:
FINDING PEOPLE IN HAITI
• Americans in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.
• For information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti, call 888-407-4747. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.
The AJC is not endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. The list is a starting point for your own research. A number of online tools are available to help you evaluate charities including CharityNavigator.org and NetworkForGood.org .