My aunt, uncle, and extended family live in Haiti, in the Turgeau area, which was hit by a 7.0 earthquake yesterday. The destruction has been massive, the death toll high, and while I'm waiting and hoping and praying to hear from my family, all I can do is gather information and pass it along.
Here's a short list groups raising aid for of ways people can help those affected by the 7.0 earthquake that hit the Carribean island yesterday. They've made it easy for you to help them help others; you can send a donation via text message (SMS) or online. Even the smallest amount counts: The $5 you were going to drop at Starbucks later today can make a big difference to the people in this devestated country right now.
1.) Grassroots International, a progressive organization that funds social justice organizations in Haiti, has set up a page to help raise funds for emergency relief. Click here to make a secure donation through them.
2.) Yele Haiti, a group established by musician Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, inspires change in Haiti via education, sports, and the arts. Using your cell phone, text Yele to 501501 to donate $5 to the relief effort; the donation will show up on your cell phone bill.
3.) The Lambi Fund of Haiti supports sustainable development and democracy in the tiny island nation. You can donate to them via this secure donation page or via Paypal mobile by texting send $20 to firstname.lastname@example.org to PAYPAL (729725) on your cell phone. The Lambi Fund is also posting information about specific people who are trapped in the rubble, in order to help rescuers find them.
4.) The Red Cross pledged an initial $200,000 yesterday and made available all of the supplies in it's Panama warehouse to help responders in Haiti. These supplies will provide basic needs for about 5,000 families, but the need is much, much greater for so many people. They are also accepting donations via text message; text Haiti to 90999 to send $10. Please note that if you would like to help in person, the organization is not accepting volunteers to travel to Haiti, but is asking that people contact their local chapter for more information on ways to help.
5.) Doctors Without Borders (Medicins sans Frontieres) has set up clinics to help treat earthquake victims; hospitals and other facilities have been damaged beyond repair. Donations made today will immediately be directed to their Haiti Earthquake Reponse team; you can make a one-time donation using your credit or debit card here.
Thanks to social media and the internet, there's a flood of information out there; CNN has a page devoted to the latest updates and a great list of other organizations that are trying to help Haiti specifically. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts, and do what you can to help responders help those in need. Remember: No amount is too small. Right now, everything counts.