Helping Haiti -what can we do?

As if the people of Haiti have not suffered enough from man made disasters, they get hit by one of the worst earthquakes in centuries. From a distance it is hard to find ways to help -but here are few ideas, some just help raise awareness, some by using networks and and some by giving a donation so that the experts in disater relief can exercise their muscles, quickly.

NEW YORK, USA, 13 January 2010 – Despite heavy damage to its own offices in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.

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"While relief efforts have begun, communications are extremely difficult and accurate information is still scarce," UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a statement this morning. "It is clear that the consequences are severe and many children are among the victims," she added. "Our hearts go out to the families whose lives have been so terribly impacted by this tragedy."

Listen to UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick on protecting Haiti's "most vulnerable" (external link, opens in a new window).

Veneman noted that UNICEF will deploy essential aid – including safe water, sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter materials – as quickly as possible to assist with recovery efforts. "We will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation," she said.

Forward this information to individuals/organisations who are helping on the ground in Haiti:
 In the face of the devastating earthquake <> in Haiti, we urge everyone to forward and distribute the following health materials in Haitian Creole and English to every relief worker, resident, and traveler already in or leaving for Haiti. 

 *Materials available in Haitian Creole:* 

 Here is a link to a pdf of the the Haitian Creole edition of _Where There is No Doctor_: 

 Link to a pdf of the Haitian Creole edition of Sanitation and Cleanliness booklet: 

 Hesperian expresses our deepest sympathies to those who have been directly and indirectly affected by this disaster. Natural disasters are made worse by our very human-made systems that impoverish people and deny their right to health. As we encourage you to donate to the relief effort, Hesperian recommends these organizations which have redoubled their work in Haiti to address this most recent catastrophe: 

 Haiti Action Network, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund 

 Partners in Health 

 Grassroots International, Earthquake Relief Fund for Haiti

 Also available as a printed book from 4 The World Resource Distributers
 Tel: 417-862-4448
 Fax: 417-863-9994 <> 

 Link to a pdf of the Haitian Creole edition of _Where Women Have No Doctor_:

 produced by our partners _SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) 

 Link to a pdf of a cholera fact sheet in English:

 All of the above and other health materials in English and Spanish can be downloaded here:

The Red Cross
If you are in America you can donate $10 to the Red Cross Haiti earthquake appeal via your cell phone by texting ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999′. You can also visit the Red Cross US site.

Yele Haiti
Also for Americans: donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti by texting ‘Yele’ to 501501.

The British Red Cross
You can visit the British Red Cross site to donate to their Haiti Earthquake appeal.

Oxfam have set up a Haiti earthquake page which includes information on the situation as it develops. You can also donate to the Haiti earthquake fund.

Google is helping:

In order to help the people of Haiti respond to this catastrophe, Google is donating $1 million to organizations on the ground that are rescuing those still trapped and providing clean water, food, medical care, shelter and support to those affected. We’d like to make it easy for anyone moved by the tragedy to respond as well, so we’ve included a link on our homepage to information, resources and ways you can help, including information on how to donate to organizations including: Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee.


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