I have been glued to my computer reading the latest news about the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 and am overwhelmed with sadness about the situation.
NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders called Port-au-Prince “the saddest place on earth.” To see a good video from the Red Cross about the situation go to the allforgood.org home page or click here: Earthquake in Haiti
The situation is horrendous and after looking at the pictures and reading about the extent of the devastation, it is hard to know when the suffering will end. President Obama called for a “swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives”. Governments from around the world, including the US, are sending support in the form of rescue teams, food, supplies and money. Many relief organizations have created special funds to get much needed cash to organizations, like the Red Cross, who already have relief workers on the ground.
Kudos to craigslist for their quick response in setting up a page with helpful resources about additional worthy organizations that you can support and creating an earthquake forum for people to post questions and share information about the relief response.
Facebook and Twitter are playing a big role in getting information out and also mobilizing relief donation efforts as well as a coordinated effort from cell phone providers to have people text “HAITI” to 90999 to automatically donate $10 to The International Red Cross. Your cell phone company will add it to your bill. I did it tonight and it was super easy and I hope that more people will join this campaign. Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Wireless spokesman, who called it “the biggest day in the history of mobile giving in the U.S.” As of this morning according to the State Department, over $3.8 million has already been raised through the campaign.
We at Craigslist Foundation are encouraged by the power of communities to come together and help not only support communities in crisis but also work together to rebuild and avoid the man-made problems that make this situation so much worse.
I think that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it best on NPR last night to the people of Haiti “we are with you”–I just hope that we can get there in time to save some lives and to continue helping the Haitian people to rebuild their community after the immediate crisis is over.