Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ATTENTION: How To Assist Haitian People After Devastating Aftermath of Earthquake

By now, many are aware of the 7.0 earthquake that struck the nation of Haiti (Ayiti) yesterday. The earthquake brought with it enormous destruction to the already impoverished island, and the magnitude of the problem has been overwhelming to the Haitian government and relief agencies functioning in Haiti.

It is now time to show our support to the Haitian people, and to the community of Haitian-Americans that have settled in Central Brooklyn. I encourage you to donate to any of the organizations listed below. Included in this list are offices that you may contact to find out other ways you can support.

Letitia James


A VIGIL will be held at the Haitian Consulate today at 6:00 pm at 271 Madison Ave (between 39th & 40th St).

NYC Area - New York City residents may contact "311" for further information on Haiti Relief Efforts.

Secretary of State Clinton has set up an aid line that people can use to send money to support Haiti relief similar to what was set up to support refugees in Pakistan earlier this year. Cell phone users can text "haiti" to 90999 and $10 will go to relief efforts in Haiti. The $10 will show up on your phone bill.


· The U.S. State Department has set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.


Individuals who are seeking information about family members or friends in Haiti may contact and/or post pictures of their family or friends at:


· Yele Haiti Foundation was established by Haitian-American performer Wyclef Jean. The website has not been set-up to accept online donations at Alternatively, you may text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 via your cell phone.


· The American Red Cross can be contacted at 1-800-257-7575 or Alternatively, you may text "HAITI" to "90999" to make a $10 donation.

Other organizations working to bring relief to Haiti are:






Please see this list from CNN for more options, and this list from the NYT-Lede blog.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Potential idea (not my own) regarding Haiti earthquake: get medical supplies from Dominican Republic due to proximity advantage; replace them w/those collected in US; please share with people who can make this happen. Many thanks.


With regards to collection sites for donations in NYC, according to their website, Water Chairty based in NYC is sending a plane to Haiti on Tuesday January 19. Donations now being accepted.

More info re: donations :