Ok, so while I typically use this blog as a way to grandstand my opinions, talk down to others’ protests, and generally be a jerk-off towards activists… deep down I’m sincerely concerned about the welfare of others and have a soft spot for the developing world.
I’ve been to South Africa and Thailand (which was one of the least impacted countries in the 2005 tsunamis that devastated Southeast Asia.)
The pain & suffering is widespread and is affecting millions of the world’s most impoverished people. Some are still buried under rubble, they need food, water, medical supplies, and mobility in a country that has next to no infrastructure.
Let me tell you – this situation in Haiti right now is dire. We are talking about Katrina-type devastation in the poorest country in the world. This could turn out to be like Katrina x10 if help does not get there fast. Many of these people have lost what little they have left and will starve or die of diseases that could easily have been treated. It is critical – life and death critical – that these people get aid as soon as possible.
There are scams out there. I strongly, strongly encourage you to donate to a Legitimate cause. Even if you’re totally indifferent or don’t have time or much money, there are ways now to literally send a text message and pay for it on your cell phone bill.
Text “Yele” to 501501 and you’ll get a confirmation. Respond with YES to the confirmation and your cell phone bill will be charged $5, and the money goes into the fund directly for aid for the Haiti Earthquake disaster.
This goes to Wyclef Jean’s organization and their disaster relief fund. A little bit from many will make a huge difference. $5 can go a long way!!!
Alternately, faith-based organizations have existing infrastructure in Haiti, including the Catholic Church and several Christian groups. Donate to the ones you trust. This money will be put to good use.
Please, please send a text message to donate to Wyclef’s Yele group, who is already working in Haiti, or to the Red Cross fund. These next few days can make the difference between life and death for many.
…and when something screws up, I’ll be happy to write about the inevitable protests to ensure.
If you just donated, thank you. If not, please consider doing so.