By now, your children have probably heard reports or seen images of the devastation in Haiti. Here’s a chance to teach the importance of international compassion and social action. Don’t let your kids see you sit idle when millions are crying out for your help.
If you prefer not to send your money to victims in Haiti for political or personal reasons, use this opportunity to reach out to those in need elsewhere — for there are people everywhere who need your help. Remember, this has nothing to do with religion, politics, or race. Each one of those individuals is someone’s mother, daughter, brother, father, sister, grandparent (not to mention a child of God)….and at any second – regardless of how secure you may feel at the moment – that could be you.
Listen. Learn. Love. Lead. Your children are watching.
According to The Centre for International Disaster the best way to help people in Haiti is by donating money instead of supplies. A complete list of legitimate agencies working to help earthquake victims is listed on The CID site, but here’s an abbreviated list:
- The Red Cross: Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10, which will be added to your next cellphone bill. You can also donate online through the Red Cross website.
- Doctors Without Borders: Hospitals in Haiti are badly damaged and overwhelmed. To help medical aid workers, donate through the Doctors Without Borders website.
- CARE: This international aid group has already sent 133 staff members to Haiti, and it will be distributing food. You can donate Delta Air Lines SkyMiles to fly CARE aid workers to Haiti or give money for relief funds through its website.
- Partners In Health: Louise Ivers, clinical director for Haiti for Partners In Health, says, “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS … Please help us.” You can donate to support field hospitals on Partners in Health’s website.
- World Vision: World Vision has taken 18 tons of supplies, including blankets, tarps and water containers to Haiti. Show your support by donating through World Vision’s website.
- UNICEF: The UNICEF representative in Haiti, Guido Cornale, says that the Haitian earthquake is one of the worst he’s seen in his life. To help children in Haiti, donate through UNICEF’s website.
- ChildFund is accepting donations to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children affected by the earthquake. ChildFund will direct funds raised to a partner organization working on the ground in Haiti. ChildFund is especially concerned with child protection and keeping children at the center of recovery efforts and rebuilding. Funds raised will be directed to child-focused activities.
- International Relief And Development (IRD): IRD will supply water, sanitation kits, medicine, hygiene kits and shelter materials. You can donate to IRD on its website.
- Oxfam: 200 volunteers stationed in Haiti are providing clean water, shelter and sanitation through donations on Oxfam’s website.
- The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is sending 285,120 boxed meals of rice, soy and vitamins to Haiti, which you can help support by making a donation through the Salvation Army’s website.
You may also want to check out CharityNavigator.org, an independent, nonprofit organization that evaluates charity groups based on effectiveness and financial stability.
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. – Deuteronomy 15:11