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Haiti Earthquake: How you can help victims

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has partnered with the Haitian Red Cross, which is leading the response efforts. According to the Web sites, donations "will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support for those in need."

The American Red Cross offers several ways to donate to various funds, including international relief to Haiti.

Those who wish to donate by phone can dial (800) Redcross or 1-800-733-2767. Those who wish to donate by mail can do so by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or by mailing a donation to the following address:

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington D.C. 20013



Mercy Corps
While Mercy Corps does not have a staff in Haiti, the organization does have "extensive experience responding to earthquakes," according to Mercy Corps contributor Randy Martin. The agency started planning a deployment to Haiti Tuesday evening and quickly set up the Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Those who wish to donate by phone can call (888) 256-1900 or donate by mail by sending a check to the follow address:

Mercy Corps
Dept W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669

Click here to learn more about Mercy Corp or donate online.



International Rescue Committee
The IRC is working with overwhelmed local aid groups to provide life-saving medical care, clean water and sanitation to earthquake survivors.

Click here to learn more about the IRC or donate online.

U.S. Department of State blog
Americans with family in Haiti can contact the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 for information.

In a blog post on the U.S. State Department Web site, Clinton's Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills called for those wanting to help to donate $10 by texting "HAITI" to "90999." The $10 donation will go automatically to the Red Cross "to help with relief efforts" and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill.


For more information, click here to visit the U.S. State Department Web site.



UNICEF
Shortly following the quake's eruption, the U.S. division of UNICEF issued a statement on its blog calling attention to some of the smallest victims of the emergency. "Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them," the statement said.

UNICEF invited people to give by mail by printing out a form on its Web site, which you can find by clicking here. Those interested in donating can also call (800) For Kids or (800) 367-5437.

Click here for more information from the UNICEF Web site or donate online.



Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry has staff located near the earthquake and in neighboring Dominican Republic, according to the organization's Web site. According to ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV, 19 people from the organization were in Haiti during the quake.

The site calls on visitors to donate to "help us respond now."

Click here to learn more and find out how to donate online.



Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders had teams on the ground in Haiti when the earthquake struck who "witnessed significant damage to its medical facilities, injuries to patients and staff and an influx of wounded toward these hospitals in the capital," according to its Web site.

"MSF [Doctors Without Borders] is deeply concerned for the safety of our patients and staff," the report said. "Additional staff will be deployed to reinforce the existing MSF staff on the ground and to assess the emerging needs from the earthquake in the coming days."

Click here to learn more about the Doctors Without Borders relief effort in Haiti and how you can help.



Partners in Health
Partners in Health is an aid organization that has a team in Haiti and aims to provide "a preferential option for the poor in health care," according to its Web site. In a chilling urgent e-mail, which was posted in part on its site, clinical health director Louise Ivers pleaded for help from other colleagues in the area.

"Port-au-Prince is devastated, lots of deaths," the e-mail read. "SOS. SOS ... Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us."

While that e-mail called for aid from workers in the area, the organization made a more general call to anyone who can help.

Click here to learn more about Partners in Health and get information about donating online.



World Food Programme
In a press statement, the World Food Programme (WFP) said it will "bring urgently needed food assistance to thousands of people affected by the devastating earthquake" in Haiti. WFP already has stocks of food located in Haiti, and intends to first "distribute nutritious high energy biscuits, which require no cooking" to victims.

In addition, there are plans to airlift 95 tons of food from the WFP's emergency hub in El Salvador. "This will allow us to feed 30,000 people in urgent need for food for up to seven days," the statement said. WFP emergency staff will also be deployed to the country.

Click here to learn more about WFP in Haiti and get information about donating online.



International Medical Corps International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization.

Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $10 to the IMC relief efforts or log onto www.imcworldwide.org

Registered Nurse Response Network
A national organization of registered nurses is calling for nurse volunteers to assist residents of earthquake devastated Haiti.

In a statement Tuesday, National Nurses United Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said the organization is calling on nurses throughout the U.S. to join in this critical effort.

Through the Registered Nurse Response Network, the organization says it hopes to send nurses to provide emergency short term and long term medical support as it has in previous major disasters.

Click here for more information or to sign up to help.



East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
East Bay Sanctuary is dedicated to the support, protection, and advocacy of the rights of immigrants and refugees.



Abrazos and Books
(Former ABC7 reporter Rigo Chacon's foundation)
Abrazos and Books is well known for its efforts to give scholarships to Bay Area kids. However, it also has another role that it plays; its "mission" is also to help children around the world who are victims of catastrophe.

They are holding a Haiti benefit Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Wyndham
1350 N First Street
San Jose, CA

Donation requested: $100
Those interested in attending can call: 1 (408) 977-0801

Those who cannot attend, but want to donate (and it's tax deductible) can send a check to:
Abrazos And Books
255 West Julian Street
Suite 503A
San Jose, CA 95110



What If Foundation
Since 2000, the What If? Foundation has provided meals to impoverished children and adults at St. Clare's Church in Port-au-Prince. As of this month, the foundation was providing up to 1,500 meals per day.



Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
President Barack Obama has announced the joint fundraising effort for Haiti earthquake relief led by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, we will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. We will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families

Click here for more information about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.



Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert
The San Francisco Boys Chorus in partnership with the Diocese of Oakland and Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland will present a Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 5 p.m. for Haiti disaster relief.



Hope For Haiti Now (Jan. 22 telethon)

Samoan Christian Fellowship of Fairfield



www.medshare.org/



CARE (International relief agency)



For more resources on how to help, visit Whitehouse.gov.

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