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Haiti: Some Ways To Help


January 13, 2010

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By Mark Memmott

Many of us are looking for ways to help the people of Haiti, even from far away. Here are some resources:

— The State Department’s DipNote blog writes that “for those interesting in helping immediately, simply text ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999’ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps Mercy Corps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.”

— The American Red Cross has posted more information about its efforts and how to donate here.

— Mercy Corps’ online donations page is here.

— It’s Just Light, a blog by photographer Nick Zantop, has collected a long list of aid organizations and how to donate money to them here.

— CBSNews.com has its list of aid groups here.

— Musician Wyclef Jean, who’s from Haiti, says if you text “Yele” to 501501, you’ll automatically be donating $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. The charge will show up on your phone bill. You can find out more about Yele here.

Our coverage of the disaster began here yesterday, and will continue throughout today. NPR.org’s coverage begins here.

Morning Edition had extensive coverage of the story, including this report with eyewitness accounts:

Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. Another suggestion, from NPR’s Scott Hensley (who blogs at Shots):

Partners In Health.

Here’s a 2003 NPR report about that group’s founder, Dr. Paul Farmer.

Update at 8:25 a.m. ET. NPR social media strategist Andy Carvin adds this:

A number of people have asked NPR about how they can make donations to charities involved in earthquake relief efforts. International charities are just beginning to ramp up their efforts in Haiti. If you’re looking to give money to help these relief activities, we’ve compiled a list of some of the larger, established international aid organizations responding to the disaster:


Direct Relief International

Doctors Without Borders

International Committee of the Red Cross

Save the Children


NPR is not endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. The list is just a starting point for you and your own research. There are a number of online tools available for evaluating charities and making donations to a broader range of NGOs, including CharityNavigator.org and NetworkForGood.org.

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Mark  Memmott (Mark_Memmott)

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Mark Memmott (Mark_Memmott) wrote:

Larry: Thanks. Your point about texting from overseas is a good one.

Wed Jan 13 10:47:48 2010

Larry Moffett (larrymo)

Larry Moffett (larrymo) wrote:

Dear NPR, please keep in mind that you broadcast to a worldwide audience. It should be emphasized that text donations using the short codes listed above only work on US-based cellular networks.

Wed Jan 13 10:43:29 2010

J Haskell (JVol)

J Haskell (JVol) wrote:

The Salvation Army has been serving Haiti since 1950 and is currently mobilizing personnel and resources to aid with relief in Haiti.

Donate now: https://secure.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=USN-HaitiDisaster

Wed Jan 13 10:30:03 2010

Chris T (Professor2290)

Chris T (Professor2290) wrote:

Thanks for this. I personally donate to Doctors Without Borders monthly, and I can vouch that they are an extremely well run group with extraordinarily compassionate people.

Wed Jan 13 10:17:12 2010

Mark  Memmott (Mark_Memmott)

NPR STAFF: Blogger; The Two-Way

Mark Memmott (Mark_Memmott) wrote:

Rebecca: This post won’t disappear and we’ll add more links if warranted. Feel free to spread the word about it if you wish.

Wed Jan 13 09:29:33 2010

Christopher Moore (EdwinAAbbott)

Christopher Moore (EdwinAAbbott) wrote:

Thanks for the information, I did the text “Yele” to 501501, sponsored by Wyclef Jean. It’s only $5 but I hope it helps.

Wed Jan 13 09:20:18 2010

Rebecca Hansbrough (spidergirl24)

Rebecca Hansbrough (spidergirl24) wrote:

Thank you for providing this much welcomed and needed Haitian aid suggestion. Great idea. I am taking part in the effort, as well. Please leave it up.

Wed Jan 13 09:15:06 2010

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