We can all remember back to the death, destruction and general horror that was Katrina. A death-toll so large that it stretched our ability to truly comprehend. Years have passed, yet New Orleans is still wearing the visible scars, and any sense of normalcy, can still be years away.It is with that in mind, that we read about the devastation that occurred today of the island nation of Haiti. it is truly impossible to grasp what it means to hear of Hundreds of thousands are feared dead in the wake of the 7.0 -magnitude earthquake. Haiti, already the poorest nation in the hemisphere, has few resources to even begin the long task ahead.President Barack Obama has launched a “swift, aggressive and coordinated effort to save lives” in Haiti.Clearly, this is a moment for Government, businesses and citizens alike to join together with nations from around the world, to do all we can to safe lives, and in time, help to rebuild.Attached is a list I found of some charities in a position to help.
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- Save the Children “is preparing to provide immediate lifesaving assistance, such as food, water, shelter and child-friendly spaces.” Make a donation online or call 800-728-3843.
- UNICEF is working to provide supplies to allow access to adequate sanitation, safe water and basic health care. Make a donation online or call 800-FORKIDS.
- The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $200,000 and says it is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. All of the relief supplies from its warehouse in Panama have been made available, providing for basic needs for about 5,000 families. The Denver branch of the group announced on Twitter that donations can also be sent via text message: “Text the word HAITI to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation to Red Cross efforts in Haiti.” Make a donation online or call 800-REDCROSS.
- Direct Relief International has committed “up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations.” Make a donation online or call 800-676-1638.
- Mercy Corps “will begin deploying our team tomorrow and working now to line up resources to respond.” Make a donation online or call 888-256-1900.
- Americare has pledged to send staff and $5 million in relief aid. Make a donation online.
- Doctors Without Borders is working to deploy extra staff at severely damaged medical facilities. These include its own 60-bed hospital that it said was one of the only free facilities in Port-au-Prince.
- Make a donation online or call 212-763-5779.Relief