The food blogging community has proven itself time and again to be generous, warm and caring, always ready to share. The people of Haiti are in desperate need of your generosity right now.
Living in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haitians face daily struggles in the best of times. But the devastating earthquake has left many of them injured, homeless and without food or water. According to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as much as a third of the nation’s population—about 3 million people—has been affected by the quake.
The best way to help is money. Donations in whatever amount you can give. Here are four organizations that will put your generosity to good use.
American Red Cross. This organization is channeling aid directly to Haiti’s robust Red Cross, which is already in place to deliver it. Making a donation is as easy as using your cellphone. You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti. You can also make donations to their International Response Fund online.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. This excellent organization already has boots on the ground in Haiti. They were working on medical projects there before the quake hit and immediately began setting up clinics to help the injured. You can make donations at the Doctors Without Borders website.
Partners In Health. PIH’s mission is “to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.” They are also already in Haiti. In fact, they opened their first clinic there in 1985. You can contribute to their efforts by making a donation at the Partners In Health website.
Yéle Haiti. Founded by Haiti-born musician Wyclef Jean in 2005, Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. You can make a donation to the organization by texting “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund [it will be charged to your cellphone bill]. You can also make donations at the Yéle Haiti website.
Be generous, but be careful.
Unfortunately, when any natural disaster strikes, there are plenty of scam artists ready to make a buck off our instinct to help. Make sure you know who you’re donating to. The four organizations above are good choices, and there are plenty of others.
The FBI has issued a Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert to help you avoid wasting money on fraudulent operations. It is filled with useful advice to make sure your donations get to worthwhile organizations.
Again, please be generous. The need is great. Feel free to post a link to this post on Twitter, Facebook or your own blog. And if you know of other ways to make donations, please share them in the comments below. [Only list one URL in your comment—otherwise, you'll get kicked into my always busy spam folder.]