What Can Bloggers Do to Help Haiti?

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake (with over 100 aftershocks!) has rocked the western part of the island of Hispaniola, devastating Haiti in the process. Sitting here as a mere blogger in America, it’s easy to feel that there’s not much you can do. While it might not be as gratifying as saving lives, there are small things bloggers can do to pitch in.

– Mobilize Your Readers. There are dozens of ways people can contribute money.

Musician Wyclef Jean, who’s from Haiti, says you can donate $5 by texting YELE to 501501 and by visiting www.yele.org

You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. Read more from the Red Cross.

CBS News has a comprehensive list of charities that are offering Haiti aid.

– Keep the Story Alive. After rescue and recover efforts, and the initial Twitter flood, the Haiti story will lose steam. That’s the harsh reality, despite the fact that it will take years for the presidential republic to recover. Do what you can to remind readers that they can help after the initial blow.

– Steer Clear of Politics. We are talking about human lives here, and we should not split hairs over what country is doing what and what different political parties are up to. Let’s just aim to help!

We wish our brothers and sisters in Haiti the very best.

If you know of any additional ways to help, please include them in the comments below.

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  1. says

    The reports coming from Haiti are horrible and hard to watch. The people there were really suffering even before this happened. My family and I will be doing everything we can to help and we have the Haitian people in our prayers.

    Thanks for putting this list together Andrew, bloggers can make a big impact!

  2. says

    I am a journalist from India and looking for eye-witness who can narrate his or her story on haiti earthquake to the world. Please contact me.
    My heart goes out to people of haiti.

    rajen nair

  3. Ant says

    creditcard companies are said to have made millions off credit card donations why aren’t they donating a portion of it????????????

  4. says

    It is a very sad time for brothers and sisters of Haiti. With recent tragic incident in Haiti killing over 100000 people, donations can help them to recover soon. We have created a small website which provides easy links to all Non Profit organizations for donations like Red Cross, Unicef etc http://www.youcanhelphaiti.org You Can Help Haiti! Thanks, Prayers.

  5. says

    Our website, LocalBooking will give 20 cents for each new member and 5 cents for each email address. It doesn’t seem a lot but with a high volume, together we will be able to help.


  6. says

    I pray for those people who have been injured in Haiti. the earthquake in Haiti is one of the word disasters this year. I just hope that they would be able to recover soon.

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