Friday, January 15, 2010

Citizens and non-profits and gubment bring earthquake relief to Haiti

The always vigilant jhwygirl at 4&20blackbirds provides some great info on Haiti Relief. First, there's this Google link to donate to CARE and Unicef: Scroll down and click on Google Earth to view the Haiti devestation, just in case you listen to Rush Limbaugh and are an earthquake denier or a poverty denier or an Obama hater.

She also brings up the text messaging route. Text message “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. Another org is Yonn Ede Lot, which works mainly with Haiti's rural poor. You can text message “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts. FMI:

According to today's New York Times, the Red Cross has collected more than $5 million so far via the texting method.

In other news, the U.S. government has entered the fray by pledging $100 million for relief, sending planeloads of supplies and dispatching an aircraft carrier loaded with helicopters and food and medical equipment. The Air Force's Special Tactics Squadron and its air traffic controllers have brought a semblance of order to the Port Au Prince airport. At the behest of the sitting U.S. president, two ex-presidents (still on the government payroll) are spearheading the public push for Haiti relief.

That darn gubment. Can't do anything right.

1 comment:

jhwygirl said...

Found this one this morning: Text “HAITI” to "20222" and $10 will be given to the Clinton Foundation's Haiti Relief Fund,charged to your cell phone bill.

I know Bill has the power of any world force he calls on.

Clinton is buying stuff directly himself and getting it there. Currently, it is cash donations that are needed, and the power of even $5 to a large organization like Clinton's or UNICEF can not be understated. These orgs can take $5 and give calorie intense nutritional supplement to dozens...and clean water to twice as many.

This truly is a tragedy of epic proportions, unfolding before us, upon a beautiful and proud culture of people.