How To Help Haiti’s Earthquake Victims

UPDATE:
I’m posting this to the top of the page because it’s too damn important to be anywhere else.

I’m donating this week’s ad revenue to various charities in support of the victims of yesterday’s disastrous quake in Haiti. I usually don’t ask for donations but if you have a few dollars to spare, please think about pitching in to one or several of these charities to help those who are in desperate need. I’m linking several charities below who can use your money to help the Haitian earthquake victims.

UNICEF has a direct link to help children who are victims of the quake.

The Red Cross of course.

Mercy Corp allows donations to be directed to help with humanitarian efforts which are desperately needed in the aftermath of this catastrophe.

Partners in Health provide healthcare for the impoverished have set up a link for the Haitian earthquake relief.

Doctors Without Borders has set up a link so your donations will support emergency medical care for the survivors of the quake.

And Yéle Haiti, Wyclef Jean’s foundation to support Haitians is accepting donations to help the victims of the earthquake (load times are slow at the moment)

Other ways to help Haiti, including more charities can be found here and here.

You may also use your cellphone text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to @RedCross relief efforts in Haiti. (The charge will appear on your next cellphone bill)

And Marge from the comments adds that UK readers can donate at the Disasters Emergency Committee: Umbrella organisation, should get your money to where it’s needed most.

Forbes has an article about how to spot scam charity websites.

The Earthquake in Haiti: Another Way to Help

From Wronging Rights:

However, if you can’t give as much as you would like, or find yourself wanting to do more, then I have one further suggestion: contact the White House and tell them that you support granting Haitians Temporary Protected Status (TPS) immediately.

TPS is a form of temporary humanitarian immigration relief given to nationals of countries that have suffered severe disasters, natural or man-made. (For example, El Salvador got TPS was after the country was hit by a terrible earthquake in 2001, Honduras after Hurricane Mitch in 1999, and Burundi, Liberia, Sudan, and Somalia were designated because of ongoing armed conflicts.)

Once a country has been given TPS, its nationals who are in the United States can apply for work authorization (a very useful thing to have if, say, one needs to send money home to family members in need of medical care or a house that has not been reduced to rubble), can’t be deported or put into immigration detention (also quite handy if you’re trying to work and send money home), and can apply for travel authorization, which allows them to visit their home country and return to the US, even if they wouldn’t otherwise have a visa that would allow them back into the country (incredibly important if you have loved ones who have been badly hurt and need to visit them, or if you need to go home to attend funerals).

Designating Haiti for TPS status would provide an immediate, tremendously valuable benefit to Haitian immigrants in the United States. But, more importantly it would benefit their loved ones who remain in Haiti and are in desperate need of their assistance. TPS would increase and stabilize remittances at a time when they are absolutely vital. Equally significantly, especially in the quake’s immediate aftermath, it would allow immigrants to return to Haiti to find and help their loved ones, or to mourn those who they have lost, without jeopardizing their ability to return to the United States and support their surviving family members.