Friday, January 15, 2010

HAITI: donation sites and numbers

United States
“Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Foundation
“Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 to Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International
“Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee
“Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross in the U.S.

Partners in Health needs surgeons, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.

Unicef Donation Form

To get even more involved, you can call and donate to as many of the organizations below:

Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
AmeriCares, 800-486-4357
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
CARE, 800-521-2273
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Cross International, 800-391-8545
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Operation Blessing, 800-730-2537
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Oxfam, 800-776-9326
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
UN Central Emergency Response Fund
UNICEF, 800-367-5437
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Hope International, 888-466-4673
World Relief, 800-535-5433
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552

* I cannot help but comment on two things. First is the reprehensible, wicked and utterly insensitive remarks by two men who have made a career gorging on racial and religious hatred: Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson. If it were up to Limbaugh, he would have claimed that President Obama's government caused the earthquake in Haiti; instead he settled on the conviction that Obama is enjoying the tragedy, as a moment to show off his fake humanitarianism in the face of President Bush's perceived apathy. I understand that spouting outrage on American radio and tv is a quick way for a host to keep his audience and sponsors enthralled--so long as he does not cross the path of a group that can cripple his business. But for Mr. Limbaugh to descend to this sort of rhetoric speaks to the extent he and other softcore-racist characters can go. Or how to understand "Reverend" Robertson's mystifying claim that Haiti is being punished for the pact their revolutionary ancestors signed with the Devil where he to unyoke them from French oppression. Jesus! Come to think of it; when the Jews were delivered from the imperial hand of the Pharaoh, it was God that rescued them; but when Haitians won their freedom from a system that combined slavery with colonial exploitation, it had to be devil that guaranteed that freedom. Right? Which makes you wonder: might Robertson be willing to go further to make the logical deduction, which should be that the God worshiped by the French and their sympathizers was the guarantor of slavery and colonialism?

Second, it is striking that 56% of respondents to a CNN poll said they were not making any donation to devastated Haiti. While I know that the economic crisis bites everyone hard, I cannot help but wonder--following Limbaugh's Americans have already helped Haiti by paying their tax--if these poll respondents include many of Limbaugh's listeners?

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