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DoctorFinger
01-14-2010, 05:14 PM
After just two days I can no longer even watch the news coming out of Haiti any more. The poorest nation in the Western hemisphere suffering what may end up being the worst natural disaster anywhere in decades.

From everything I've seen things on the ground are a nightmare. Port-au-Prince was basically flattened. Almost every major building: the Presidential palace, the UN Mission, the national prison, and just about every damn hospital is just...gone.

I doubt may of you know this, but my father was born in Haiti, and he lived there until he was 12 (with another year there in his 20s). He still has two cousins and their kids there. Thankfully they're all alive and healthy. Unfortunately one of the is probably going to lose her home, if it hasn't collapsed already. It's numbing, in it's own way worse than the Tsunami, worse than the Chinese earthquake from a couple years back. Just terrible.

Wraith
01-14-2010, 05:24 PM
Haiti Earthquake Relief

Information / options for those looking to donate.

Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1004)

A database of charities with financial info and ratings. Has tips for funding relief efforts in Haiti, as well as a list of charities providing relief.

Additional sites with lists of charities / ways to donate:

CNN (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/) (also here (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/01/13/haiti.earthquake.how.to.help/index.html)), Google (http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/), Microsoft (http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/blogs/mscorp/archive/2010/01/13/supporting-relief-efforts-in-haiti.aspx), Amazon.com (MercyCorps) (http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_31029822_4?ie=UTF8&node=1297795011)

A few charities providing relief in Haiti:


American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/)
CARE (http://www.care.org/emergency/haitiearthquake/index.asp)
Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/)
Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org/)
MercyCorps (http://www.mercycorps.org/)
NetHope (http://www.nethope.org/)
Save the Children (http://www.savethechildren.org/)
UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org/)
World Vision International (http://wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf)

Donate by text:


Are Text Donations Safe? (http://blog.charitynavigator.org/2010/01/are-text-donations-safe.html) (Charity Navigator)
Standard text charges may apply (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34850532/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/), depending on carrier.
Text "Haiti" to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of The Clinton Foundation (former President Clinton is Special Envoy to Haiti) – 4stars
Text "Haiti" to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee. – 4stars
Text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S.- 3stars
SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts

torrefaction
01-14-2010, 05:59 PM
As a personal suggestion, I always tend to recommend donating to UNICEF over Red Cross. There's been way too much fraud after every major disaster and by high ranking officials to really trust them if you want your money to get there, at least IMHO.

But, donate. Please. I'm even debating taking some of my volunteer time at work to try and go to Haiti. I've come down pretty heavily with the flu, but I'm sure they'll need help for months to come.

diablopath
01-14-2010, 06:13 PM
As a personal suggestion, I always tend to recommend donating to UNICEF over Red Cross. There's been way too much fraud after every major disaster and by high ranking officials to really trust them if you want your money to get there, at least IMHO.

But, donate. Please. I'm even debating taking some of my volunteer time at work to try and go to Haiti. I've come down pretty heavily with the flu, but I'm sure they'll need help for months to come.

I concur with you. I worked with my local Red Cross for a bit, and seeing the way they spend a lot of donations, I'll never donate money to them. I hope all organizations (hell, even RC chapters) aren't that useless.

@Volunteering: I'm not sure on the validity, but watching NBC, they said that unless you're search and rescue or can provide medical help, they just can't use you right now. I'm sure that'll change, but yeah.

I wish I had some more money laying around. As the OP said, it's terrible enough that this happened, but there's absolutely nowhere in the Caribbean that would've been less prepared for this. Seeing the estimated death totals turn my stomach.

bstiff
01-14-2010, 06:21 PM
If anyone remembers Kobe it was a 7.2 earthquake that destroyed like 100,000+ homes and that was in a relatively developed country. Haiti was a 7.0 in a third world country with no infrastructure whatsoever.

On, the volunteering thing one of the FP guys I worked with in the hospital does relief work 1-2x year in haiti so Ill have to get ahold of him. Im still between jobs but have a meeting coming up at the end of next week. If I get the job it's still going to take 1-2 months for me to get hospital priviledges so I thinking about taking some time and head down with him.

torrefaction
01-14-2010, 06:38 PM
@Volunteering: I'm not sure on the validity, but watching NBC, they said that unless you're search and rescue or can provide medical help, they just can't use you right now. I'm sure that'll change, but yeah.


Yeah, and I'm not qualified for that. However, I am a technology specialist, and I'm really experienced in areas like wireless, VoIP, routing/switching, and storage. These are all things that can aid in building and infrastructure for those sorts of operations. I happen to be pretty experienced in the above using open source type stuff too, so I can do things on a shoestring budget.

I doubt I'd be of immediate use, as everyone's still scrambling, but my company gives something like 40-80 (I forget) hours of volunteer time, so I'd be able to take a week off to go and help, at minimum.

Gwinny
01-14-2010, 06:46 PM
Glad to hear your family is okay. I've sent a few more dollars on top of the monthly donation to MSF because I'm sure every bit helps, or at least everyone's bits add up to something substantial.

DoctorFinger
01-14-2010, 07:31 PM
Also if you're looking to donate, Doctors Without Borders is a great organization, and with some of the lowest overhead in the industry.

mightbe
01-15-2010, 05:26 AM
Also if you're looking to donate, Doctors Without Borders is a great organization, and with some of the lowest overhead in the industry.

My Mom has done time with DWB in New Mexico and Haiti. In fact, she liked Haiti so much that she organized missions with her church to go back again and again.

The people there are awesome but constantly fucked over by an awful socioeconomic situation. My hat is off to anyone who can find a way to donate or help in whatever way possible.

mightbe
01-15-2010, 05:27 AM
Also a double post, but donation information for DWB:
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/

Wraith
01-16-2010, 12:35 PM
Some gaming-related ways (http://www.destructoid.com/how-to-help-haiti-if-you-re-a-gamer-160678.phtml) to contribute, including programs from Bungie (http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?type=topnews&link=BeAHero) (donations based on online ODST players Wed. & Thurs., T-shirt for sale with profits going to Red Cross) and PopCap (http://www.popcap.com/promos/haiti/) (all purchases on their site today go to Partners in Health).

Ink Asylum
01-20-2010, 10:41 AM
Another quake, 6.1, has hit Haiti this morning, collapsing some buildings that had been weakened by the initial quake. Hopefully few people were in those buildings.

txshurricane
01-20-2010, 10:47 AM
Another quake, 6.1, has hit Haiti this morning, collapsing some buildings that had been weakened by the initial quake. Hopefully few people were in those buildings.
Hopefully NO people were in those buildings!

DeathtollWRX
01-20-2010, 08:45 PM
I have heard that everyone sleeps in tents for fear of these after shocks.