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Haitian Earthquake Relief Organizations

Haitian Earthquake Relief Organizations


January 13, 2010

A fatal earthquake struck the impoverished capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. The exact number of fatalities is unknown but the State Department is estimating that at least 1.8 million people live within the area where the 7.0 Richter scale earthquake was at it’s highest intensity. is compiling a list of relief efforts’ details and links for ways to be involved in this emergency:

  • American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by the quake. The donations will go to immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter and medical supplies. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund or you can donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting “HAITI” to “90999.”

  • UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti vie their Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF

  • The International Rescue Committee is sending aid teams to Haiti to help earthquake survivors and to help local emergency aid groups. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.

  • United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the UN’s humanitarian fund responding to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti.Donate online.

  • Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors. The agency aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. Donate online

  • Global Giving has launched a fund to support emergency assistance efforts.

  • Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.
  • Learn more about how to contribute:

    Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti can contact the State Department at (888) 407-4747

    Guidelines from the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) about appropriate ways to give and contribute to the relief efforts.

    Associated Press photo courtesy of Yellowbrix; Home Page image by Flickr user United Nations Development Programme, using the Creative Commons License.