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Red Cross in Haiti

Tragedy of historic proportions is happening in our backyard – please consider skipping lunch for one day and save a life in Haiti by sending your contribution to the below charities via text message from your cell phone. This will also allow you to avoid scams that are on the increase.

The text message donation is a convenient way to help. While  message donation is still a gray area because many people have not heard of it, in the wake of the earthquake that hit Haiti, the American Red Cross and singer Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti project amongst others are encouraging donors to text a keyword to a specific number, which will automatically donate $5 or $10 to earthquake relief and bill it to the user’s cell phone. The organizations listed below are legitimate campaigns to text message contributions to. They are safe, so do not hesitate to save a life. Thank you.

Text “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.
Text “YELE” to “501501” to donate $5 on behalf of The Yéle Haiti Foundation.
Text “HAITI” to “20222” to donate $10 on behalf of The William J. Clinton Foundation.
Text “HAITI” to “85944” to donate $10 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

If you want to help the earthquake-devastated Haitian people, who cannot return home from the US to the dire conditions in their country, to get Temporary Protected Status (TPS) please sign this email petition to the White House.

Satellite image of Port-au-Prince earthquake damage

Click here to explore zoom-able & pan-able GeoEye satellite image which will open in a new window on your browser. The GeoEye image was taken Wednesday at 10:27 a.m., a day after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s captial and surrounding area. The actual resolution of the GeoEye image is  illustrated below.

People gathering at the promenade near Rue St. Martin to build temporary shelters.

AfrobeatRadio invites your comments and messages to the affected.

5 Comments »

  • Philippe P said:

    Here are some great Organizations in addition to Red Cross that are very effective and with experience in delivering services in Haiti and relief to other disaster stricken areas around the globe. Your dollars go much further by donation to the following.

    AVAAZ.ORG
    http://avaaz.org/

    Doctors Without Borders
    http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

    Partners In Health
    http://www.pih.org/home.html

    OxFam
    http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/

    Goods donation at this time is futile as they will be locked up in a storage, some basement for quite sometimes before and if they ever reach the people of Haiti. That happened two years ago for the Hurricane Relief of 2008.

    Further this is NOT to bash celebrities and others trying to raise money for the cause but THEY DO NOT have a clue how to effectively reach the mass / population at large that desperately needs help NOW.

    PLEASE DONATE SMARTLY!!!

    Here is a link to an Op-Ed that Tracy Kidder wrote for the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/opinion/14kid
    I could not have said it better and more succinct!. Hence more the reason why I am asking ALL of you to pass this list of ORGs to friends and family and encourage donation and when we are done donating, we need to continue a meaningful dialogue about Haiti and its people.

  • OAS Ajayi said:

    Hi,

    Another way to help Haiti

    Haiti has been devastated by a massive earthquake. Americans are opening their hearts and their wallets to help. But credit card companies see this as an opportunity to turn a profit.

    They take a cut every time Americans use their credit card to make a charitable contribution. Isn't that outrageous?

    I just signed a petition to the CEOs of all the big credit card companies telling them they need to refund this fee for all the donations to aid organizations working in Haiti and get rid of the fee for all charitable contributions going forward. Will you join me?

    <http://pol.moveon.org/nofees/?r_by=18607-514276…>

  • OAS Ajayi said:

    It is very heart-warming how aid is pouring into Haiti from different parts of the world, and it is commendable that President Obama has decided to grant undocumented Haitians temporary protected status. May all these efforts be effective in saving lives, and mending hearts and souls.

    However, it is also important that as the world rallies around Haitians in the face of this natural disaster, we do not forget the man-made disasters that have plagued Haiti since it wrestled its independence from France, and which continue to heighten the tragedy of these natural disasters. If we focus on the internal inefficiencies and inadequacies of the country, we should not forget the various forms of international complicities as well. These need to be forcefully addressed after some normalcy has been restored in Haiti; we do not have to wait till, God forbid, the next natural disaster before the world focuses on Haiti to the gleeful refrain of “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. ”

  • Afrobeatradio said:

    Hi All,

    Charity Water is one of the charity organizations that I respect and had supported in the past. I value the work that they do. Charity Water just sent me a note about two Organizations:

    Concerns WorldWide
    http://www.concernusa.org/Public/News.aspx?Id=790

    Partners In Health (see donation link on this page)

    Please Donate generously.

    There are various celebrity and Mom & Pop driven Orgs out there asking for donations to help Haiti. Although their intentions may be in the right place, however given the severity of the situation, they do not have the capability to deploy the resources in an efficient manner.

    Please, please, please at this critical time, we can not afford to donate to organizations that use most of your dollars on overheads and without the means / logistic to reach anyone in Haiti in the near future. Give Money to organizations with track records and accountability for your hard earned money.

    DONATE WISELY!

  • Philippe P said:

    Hi All,

    Charity Water is one of the charity organizations that I respected and supported in the past and I value the work that they do. Charity Water just sent me a note about two Organizations:

    Concerns WorldWide
    http://www.concernusa.org/Public/News.aspx?Id=790

    Partners In Health
    https://donate.pih.org/page/contribute/haiti_ea

    Please Donate generously.

    There are various celebrity and Mom & Pop driven Orgs out there asking for donations to help Haiti. Although their intentions may be in the right place, however given the severity of the situation, they do not have the capability to deploy the resources in an efficient manner.

    Please, please, please at this critical time, we can not afford to donate to organizations that use most of your dollars on overheads and without the means / logistic to reach anyone in Haiti in the near future. Give Money to organizations with track records and accountability for your hard earned money.

    DONATE WISELY!

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