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Helping Haiti

Posted by Charles II on January 13, 2010

As you may know, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. Its epicenter was at Carrefour, a few miles west of central Port-au-Prince. The ground was saturated with rain, causing mudslides. Fires sprung up, intensifying the damage. Larger structures, such as hospitals, were the worst damaged. It is, according to Kim Ives of Haiti Liberte (on DemocracyNow), “apocalyptic.”

Devastation in Haiti from Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake

(Image from Haiti Liberte)

Greater Good.org, which runs The Hungersite and related sites, is volunteering its network to collect funds for relief. Greater Good includes many grassroots organizations that do work in Haiti, such as Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health, so that is one source. Just go to The Hungersite. The link to donate is, at least for today, mid-way down the page. Partners in Health is on the ground, delivering emergency medical relief. They are a good organization.

Kim Ives suggested an organization called Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, which is associated with HaitiAction.Net, the major news source for events in Haiti. One can donate online or by mailing to

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund/EBSC
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley CA 94704-1604

As Kim Ives said, the delivery of aid, especially development aid but also to some degree humanitarian aid, has been used to destroy the country, so it pays to be careful how one gives. But Haiti was desperately poor before this disaster, the disaster has taken the last shreds of its last patrimony.

Please, open your heart.

2 Responses to “Helping Haiti”

  1. Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) and Oxfam are also apparently there. And yes, care in selecting the relief groups is important, especially with Haiti.

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