Philanthropic Friday #9 – Haitian Relief

Philanthropic Friday 9th Edition – Haitian Relief Efforts

My sister with some children of a Haitian orphanage.

As I’m sure you all know, on Tuesday January 12th, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake was felt throughout the Caribbean, as far north as Florida and as far south as Venezuela.  The epicenter was Haiti, a poor nation ill-equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude.  Thankfully, a tsunami watch was issued and cancelled without incident.

The extent of the damage and loss of life as a result of the earthquake is immense. Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city in the country with an estimated population of over two million people, lies just a few miles outside of the immediate epicenter. The earthquake has devastated Port-au-Prince which is also the financial center of the country.

Most of the central district of the city has been destroyed, including at least one hospital, the capital and parliament buildings, and the Presidential Palace has also be severely damaged.  More devastating that the loss of properties is the loss of lives.

Thousands of people have lost their lives, thousands more have been injured and countless others are still missing.  The widespread destruction is severely hampered rescue and relief efforts.  With at least one hospital, three Doctors Without Borders locations destroyed.  There is only one airport with one runway and things are very backed up.  People are very much in need and help is coming slowly.  We are now in a time where aid is most important, without help those still trapped amongst the rubble will lose their lives.

It’s not only the millions of dollars in damage or the loss of lives that we need to worry about, but the people who have survived who need our help most.  The survivors will need our help for months to come.  The country, already in a poor economic state has been crippled financially and our help will go along way toward helping this country and their people.

As part of the handmade community I feel creature comforts can’t be overlooked.  A handmade doll or a cozy quilt will go along way toward comforting an injured soul.  With that in mind I have included a couple of ways you can send some handmade love to the Haitian people.  I have also included many other ways you can help.

My sister and her friend have done volunteer work with an orphanage of Haiti in the past and from their experiences I can tell you that these people needed our help before this horrible catastrophe and they need our help that much more right now.  Please check this list below and try to find something that feels right for you.  This list is no where near exhaustive, there are many more organizations providing aid.  If you know of any feel free to add them in the comments section of this post.  I must say, please do your due diligence before you donate, whenever there is a disaster there are always people willing to take advantage of others’ goodwill.

Remember, all help is welcome.  We are fortunate enough to be safe and I urge you to open your heart and send your love to those who aren’t so lucky.

In no particular order…

Doctors Without Borders

Indie Fixx Silent Auction benefiting the Red Cross International Response Fund – Handmade Items!

Craft Hope website & etsy shop. – Handmade Items!

Text “Haiti” to 90999, and a $10 donation to the Red Cross is added to your cell phone bill.  You can also donate to the Red Cross through iTunes.

Red Cross International Response Fund or call (800) 733-2767.

InterAction has a list of agencies to donate to.

UNICEF (US donations) or call (800) 486-4233.

Hearts for Haiti -Handmade Items!

News Observer has a list of agencies to donate to.

Mac OS X app for weather Seasonality is donating all of it’s proceeds (less $3 processing).

Indie Relief is a site that will be listing companies donating their proceeds for Mac and iPhone apps purchased on Jan 20th.

Harlow Monroe is donating 100% of their sales at their ArtFire shop for the REST OF JANUARY! – Vintage!

Mashable has a list of 9 ways to help.

Brian over at No Debt World Travel also has a list of ways to help.

Oxfam America

There are many, many more. Please add your favorites in the comments of this post. Let us know how you helped!!

(Please remember, I have not throughly vetted the agencies listed here.  As always, please do your due diligence before donating!)

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