Help Haiti

12:26 pm - January 13th 2010

by Don Paskini    

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A huge 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last night. This is one of the worst disasters to befall crisis ridden Haiti.

The extent of the devastation is still unclear but it is likely thousands have died and many many more are trapped in the rubble. The early signs are not good, with communications down across the country Haiti’s large expatriate population are still unclear what has happened to their relatives and friends.

We’d urge all of our readers to donate to the disaster relief charities, and ask other bloggers to crosspost this message to spread the word about how to help.

Oxfam has long experience in Haiti, and they are rushing in teams from around the region to respond where they’re needed most. They already have a team in Port-au-Prince and their response will include providing clean water, shelter and sanitation.

UNICEF have issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Medicins san Frontieres are responding to the Earthquake in Haiti with their usual speed and efficiency and any donations would be of a great help.

Mercy Corps are also seeking donations so they can expand their aid efforts in Haiti.

More organisations seeking donations are available here. Please help in whatever way you can.

(With thanks to Left Outside, original post here)

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Thanks for this Dan (and LO)

Can I also add in Concern Haiti ( as a possible recipient. Concern, an Irish Aid agency (for wjom I used to work but don’t let thaat put you off) has been in Haiti since 1994 already has pogrammes in the Port au Prince slums so will be in a position to get relief aid out efficiently.

I’ve seen a recommend for mercy corps as the org least likely to use donations for lobbying purposes:

So I’d go for that one over oxfam and UNICEF in this instance.

2. I’m sorry, no. Turn your libertarian point-scoring mode off for this one, at the very least unless you can prove that Oxfam and UNICEF will be putting money from their specific Haiti appeals into lobbying.

I think the key issue is to channel relief cash through the people that already have capacity on the ground. Speed is the issue.

Poor Haiti. I’ve been watching this all day in my hotel room (seven hours ahead of GMT).
I’m not a fan of these (high street) charities though. All the aid that Haiti might need (and needs right now as it has become the morning after), lies just a short distance away in Florida.
I once went to an airforce display at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
The display of power was awsome. They are only a couple of hours from Haiti, so they better get to it right away.

It looks pretty grim though. The civil authorities need to start working really fast.
And the immediate help should be to get them working.

6. Luis Enrique

another possibility:

Some friends at a church I used to attend set up the following charity years back now. They work in Northern Haiti and don’t seem to be running an earthquake appeal, so probably best to prioritise other causes in the here and now, but anyone who becomes interested in Haiti and supporting the poorest country in the Western hemisphere on a continuous basis might be interested in checking them out (caution: they’re a Christian charity, so that might put some of you off).

Nick (You are Nick Cohen, aren’t you)
Why would right wing libertarians believe in any form of aid.
Surely like your predecessors, Gladstonian liberals (aka the Irish famine) it is wrong morally and economically.
It is like the Chicago school economists. If a child has cancer he should only be saved if his parents have paid insurance.

Sorry that should say not paid insurance

Can I also recommend Action Against Hunger who have been operating in Haiti since 1985, with a team of 100 working on providing safe water, and nutritional support to acutely malnourished children.

Less than 48 hours after the quake hit, Action Against Hunger managed to send a re-enforcement team to help assess the needs of those most vulnerable.

A A340 cargo plane with 150 metric tons of material to Haiti, including: flexible water tanks, latrines, emergency units of water treatment, jerry cans, drinking water kits, computers and communications equipment, and an additional team of four technical experts has already been sent.

You can donate at or 08456 003 618

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