THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD
On the afternoon of January 12th, 2010, Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, was hit by an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude. The epicentre of the quake was less than ten miles from the capital and only a few miles below the earth's surface, magnifying its destructive force. The quake hit at 4.53pm local time and was followed by numerous aftershocks, some measuring as much as 6.0.
2.6 million of Haiti's population of around 9 million, lived in Port-au-Prince, resulting in early estimates of up to 200,000 dead, and 3 million people displaced and in need of aid.
For news reports on the current situation in Haiti, go to:
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From the New York Times:
For Haitian online newspapers (in English, French, and Creole), go to:
How you can help Haiti
The following links are to websites from respected aid organizations, and many are already on the ground in Haiti providing relief:
Text "Haiti" to 90999 and $10 will be donated and charged to your cell phone bill.
Donate directly to its Haiti Earthquake Response Fund at http://oxfamamerica.org/ or by calling 1-800-77-OXFAM. Oxfam has a team in Port-au-Prince helping with public health, water and sanitation.
Donate at http://www.unicefusa.org/ or by calling 1-800-4UNICEF. Unicef seeks to help vulnerable women and children at times of crisis.
Direct Relief International
Donate at http://www.directrelief.org/ or call 1-800-676-1638. Direct Relief International provides medical assistance for those hit by wars, natural disasters and poverty around the world.
Doctors Without Borders
Donate at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.com/index.cfm or 1-888-392-0392. Doctors Without Borders has been working in Haiti for some years now, and is currently treating those affected by the earthquake.
Habitat for Humanity
Donate at http://www.habitat.org/ Habitat for Humanity is a group that works to provide housing for the homeless.
Donate at http://www.mercycorps.org/ or 1-888-256-1900. Mercy Corps is a group of professionals dedicated to improving living conditions around the globe.
Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund
Donate at http://yele.org/ or text "YELE" to 501501 to automatically donate $5. The funds will automatically be added to your phone bill. This fund was previously known as the Wyclef Jean Foundation.
Donate at http://www.care.org/index.asp? or by calling 1-800-521-CARE. Care is a humanitarian organization combatting global poverty, with a focus on poor women. Care has staff on the ground in Haiti working with UN agencies to coordinate aid efforts.
Food for the Poor
Donate at http://www.foodforthepoor.org/ Food for the Poor is the largest international relief agnency in the United States, and is already on the ground in Haiti.
Catholic Relief Services
Donate at http://crs.org/ or call 1-800-736-3467. The CRS provides emergency relief, and works in about 100 countries around the world.
Help Haiti Now
Donate at http://www.helphaitinow.org/ HHN operate a medical clinic and buy school supplies and pay teachers' wages, as well as food. They have two bases in Haiti.