A message from a friend of mine and her brother, who both know the Island of Hispanola (the island that Haiti and the Dominican Republic share) well. It's ended with a long list of places to give. So Give.
By now I’m sure you’ve read about the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. An estimated 3 million have been affected, and government officials have stated that the death toll maybe as many as a 100,000. My family and I have always held Haiti very close to our hearts. We share an island. We know the rich culture and history Haiti possesses, and how often its economic and political hardships have overshadowed its treasures. And yet even if you do not know that much about this country or its people, you can imagine the immense suffering they have endured, and are experiencing at this moment. They have literally seen their world collapse.
My father worked with Haiti for nearly a decade, and he has always admired its people. He has often told me, “El Haitiano tiene dignidad!” “The Haitian has always had dignity.” In the spirit of one of its greatest leaders, Macandal, and in the fighting spirit of the Haitian people themselves, please, join the fight to help Haiti and donate money for aid.
Please, read on. I f I have not convinced you, I’m positive that my brother’s words will move you the way they moved me.
Those of you who know me well know that I'm not one to send out mass emails or any email at all. That said, I feel it is my duty to do my part and rally the troops to come to the aid of the poorest nation in the world. Haiti borders my birth country, the Dominican Republic. Historically it has found itself on the losing end of almost every battle it's fought. The world we live in today is a constant reinforcement of marketing campaigns to get you to purchase material goods that we don't really need. Tomorrow when you got to Starbucks or pay $10 for lunch, just remember that the Earthquake in Haiti is affecting a country where 80% of the population lives on less than $1 a day. Your $10 will go 10 fold, and even at the most minimal level help someone in true need of it. As a friend of mine, I implore you to give something, anything, more than you have before, just please don't be apathetic!!!! This is just the beginning of the aftermath and has years of implications. I will ask for your help again, but for now please make a donation to any of the organizations below.
With all my love, integrity, and hope.
Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Cross International, 800-391-8545
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Operation Blessing, 800-730-2537
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
UN Central Emergency Response Fund
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Hope International, 888-466-4673
World Relief, 800-535-5433
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean's grassroots org
Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone