The devastation that occured in Haiti, by all accounts, is widespread and staggering. Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0, causing massive levels of destruction. Hundreds of thousands dead and some 3 million people are affected, and half of those are children. Haiti lies just one hour from the U.S. by plane, but remains one of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Even before the earthquake, many of Haiti’s population lived without the most basic necessities like clean water, adequate food, education, and proper health care. More than 80 percent of Haiti’s inhabitants live in poverty, and for the past recent decade the country has suffered ruthless hurricanes, widespread famine, and political strife. After the tsunami of 2004, American response and generosity was impressive and many lives were saved. Now we face a very similar situation in Haiti, and we have the power to ensure that this merciless act of nature does not steal any more lives. We are being called upon to help the people of Haiti in their darkest hours. Below, are several ways you can help.
- AT&T Cell phone users can text: “Haiti” to 90999. Doing so will automatically donate $10 dollars for Haitian family rescue and recover efforts.
- American Red Cross International Response Fund. http://www.redcross.org. 1(800) REDCROSS or 1 (800) 257-7575 (Spanish)
- National Nurses United, an organization for registered nurses based in Oakland, Calif., is seeking nurse volunteers to serve in Haiti through the Registered Nurse Response Network. www.nationalnursesunited.org.
- Doctors Without Borders is providing emergency medical care to earthquake victims. The New York-based group is accepting donations at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
- YELE.org and UNICEF.org are two charitable organizations that are also accepting donations to help earthquake victims.
- Andres Sanchez, N.B.A.A. Student at Embry Riddle, is launching a campaign to collect goods (clothes, canned food, baby supplies) and will meet anywhere in Fort Lauderdale to pick them up. 954-881-6595.
- Volunteer yourself. Helping rebuild the country and help educate the people would have the absolute most impact.
– Anthony Isaac Palacios