As most of you have heard by now, Haiti has been really taken by surprise by a recent earthquake.
The news reports aren’t improving either. It looks like it’s going to be a really tough couple of months years ahead, let alone what it will be like over the next week of search, rescue, and clean up.
I’ve read and strongly believe that aid within the first couple weeks (even the first couple of days) is very critical in these situations. At the same time, I know that many are conflicted as they want to make sure donations are being used to actually help those in need.
Recently, charity: water sent out an e-mail (and a blog post) about donating directly to their partners in the region. I trust the mission and the objectives of charity: water and therefore wanted to pass along the information, in case any of you haven’t seen it yourselves.
The following was taken from charity: water’s most recent blog post:
Haiti was hit yesterday by what could be considered the worst natural disaster for the region in the last 200 years.
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.0, shocked the country just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and cutting water and electricity services in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. Aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude or higher continued through the night and early Wednesday, thwarting immediate aid efforts for an estimated 3 million affected by the quake. Thousands are expected dead or injured and many more will be displaced with their homes reduced to rubble.
Photo courtesy of @LisandroSuero.
charity: water’s two local partners, Partners in Health and Concern Worldwide, are reacting to the disaster swiftly and comprehensively.* We need your support. In the interest of immediate relief, we’re asking that donations be made straight to our partners.
Already one of the poorest and densely-populated countries in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has struggled to overcome the effects of a slew of rough storms in 2008 before this week’s disaster. More than 4 million people (42% of the population) already lack access to safe drinking water. Disasters undercut development efforts tremendously.
If you have a non-profit or source that you trust and/or have given to, you can list it in the comments below.
Courtney and I will be using the charity: water partners listed above.
Let’s all keep them in our thoughts.