Haiti Relief Efforts and How To Help

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2010-01-199

The virtual ink was barely dry on my earlier post on preparing for an emergency plan when this huge calamity strikes Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve mentioned the sobering fact before that in many parts of the world, it’s just not possible to prepare for the effects of a serious disaster. The unfortunate thing is that in many developing nations and third world communities, there’s just no infrastructure to support emergency planning and preparation.

It’s been tough to see what’s been going on in Haiti. When a massive disaster strikes and the call for humanitarian aid is extended to the entire world, we do what we can to address that call. Hopefully what we have to offer can come into play in time, to save a life and avert the growing crisis in the affected land.

I can only imagine what it is like to face the aftermath of an earthquake that sowed this kind of destruction. I know what it’s like to face an earthquake this powerful as I was one of those around to experience a similar magnitude earthquake. Remember the one which struck the SF Bay Area in October of 1989 (the Loma Prieta earthquake)? I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing then. I was in an office building when I remember the jolt that would not end, and how the plaster started cracking around me. When the sprinklers turned on and started flooding our floor, I honestly felt my number was up.

Haiti earthquake 2010
Image of Haiti Presidential Palace, after and before the quake (from thaindian.com)

So when it happens and the consequences are not as fortunate, I can only sympathize with those who are suffering. I was therefore heartened to see that there have been efforts around the blogosphere that have been encouraging us to take a closer look at this catastrophe and to offer more than prayers.

Haiti Relief Efforts and How To Help

Mr. Credit Card, a blogging colleague, has written this post on how he will be matching donations that those of us make for the earthquake victims. You can help out (and get Mr. CC to add to his cause) by commenting on his post, donating with a credit card, and blogging about this matter. Mr. CC has explained how he got the idea to match donations from reading a post by Money Saving Mom, who has outlined some specific ideas on how you can be of help to Haiti. Every little bit helps.

I’ve donated to the Red Cross, but other organizations will benefit from your generosity as well (I gathered this list from various sites and blogs):

1. Usaid.gov
2. American Red Cross
3. International Red Cross
4. Compassion International
5. Numana, Inc.
6. Doctors Without Borders

If you are donating, it’s also a good idea to check out the organization that’s accepting your funds. In this article, the FBI warns us about scams that may materialize after tragedies occur. Be careful of outfits that are only too happy to thwart your good intentions and take advantage of your generosity during times of disaster and loss.

And finally, here’s something interesting. I found this chart on how the world is responding to this event. It shows who’s been involved with supporting the Haiti relief efforts.

If you’re a blogger, it would be great if you could share this information with your readers. Many thanks!

Copyright © 2010 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

20smoney January 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

This disaster is even worse than most of us realize. I know several people on the ground there, and the stories are absolutely nuts. Truly a major, major tragedy.

As I wrote today on my blog about the five things I learned from Haiti, I’m proud of the response of America with the hundreds of millions in aid as well as the troop support which is enabling the distribution of aid.

Great post.

Dodong Canyon January 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

I was looking for an way that I could donate money to haiti victims online. Thank you for the links in this blog post, it made my searching easier. Thank you once again.

Kurt January 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

This is really sad. I agree with you, we have to be generous and donate. thanks for the wonderful post.

Holly January 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Doctors Without Borders already had hospitals set up in Haiti, and they were damaged in the earthquake. I chose to support DWB because they had already been doing so much work there, and will need as much help as they can get to not only treat injured people in their current facilities (aka tents and I believe an inflatable facility), but to rebuild the hospitals they had established there so they can continue the medical care they have been providing.

I had never heard of Numana, Inc, and I’m glad I have now. I’m really glad it exists to help provide food to the people in need.

Sean @ Photo ID Card Software January 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Last night, I saw a young girl sitting almost naked waiting for medical help. No family (parents were killed in the quake) and covered by plastic. I felt wretched. All I can do is give money and pray.

Diane January 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

Like Holly, we just made a donation to Doctors Without Borders. They have been in Haiti for a long time and have been doing great work there. I hope they get the support they need to continue providing the medical care that is so needed in Haiti.

Ryan @ IQ Test January 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

It is honestly so great to see all of you doing so much. I think it says a lot about how many good people that there still is in the world. I only wish that I could do more.

Jeevan from Agents January 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

God bless all the souls that are in Haiti helping. God save all those still trapped.

Credit Girl January 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

I know this is kind of late, but it’s so great to see everyone working together to help Haiti. It really shows how much we can all band together for a common good and purpose.

Leave a Comment