What Can Bloggers Do to Help Haiti?

Filed as News on January 13, 2010 2:31 pm

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. By Marc posted on January 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm
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    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!

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  2. By rajen nair posted on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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    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

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  3. By Desiree posted on January 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm
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  4. By Ant posted on January 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm
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    creditcard companies are said to have made millions off credit card donations why aren’t they donating a portion of it????????????

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  5. By Malte Zeeck posted on January 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm
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    Internations Munich

    InterNations – the Network for Expatriates and Global Minds!

    The Internations Management has decided to donate10 Eurocents to Haiti for each textmessage!

    Text “Haiti” to: +491726189394 Spread the Word!

    Regular messaging costs to cellphones apply
    InterNations always encourages charity
    http://www.internations.org/tour/charity

    Follow us on Twitter

    http://twitter.com/lnterNations

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  6. By Robin Ong posted on January 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm
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    I wish I could help!! But with limited traffic, ok just tell me how I can help and I’ll do all I can with my little blog.

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  7. By John Bent posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm
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    Hello,
    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.

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  8. By The G Manifesto posted on January 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm
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    Great post. Especially “Keep the Story Alive”.

    – MPM

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  9. By Damien Rottemberg posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm
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    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.

    Damien

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  10. By Guido Struben posted on January 21, 2010 at 9:22 am
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    I agree with you. Haiti will continue to need help for a long time so this story needs to be kept alive.

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  11. By Caramoan posted on January 22, 2010 at 9:02 am
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    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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  12. By qwert posted on January 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm
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    Unfortunately, too many victims already, nothing can help. People are so helpless in the face of disaster: (

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  13. By Andrew posted on January 27, 2010 at 10:54 am
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    We just started to donate 1$ from each purchase to Haiti.
    Thanks to all good people.

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  14. By Blasterous posted on January 28, 2010 at 5:54 am
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    We’re a social site focused on real-time notifications within micro-networks and their local communities.

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  15. By Andrew posted on January 28, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    We just started to donate 1$ from each purchase to Haiti victims.
    Thanks to all good people.

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  16. By Jaky Astik posted on January 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm
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    I’ve written a book called ‘HipHop Grasslands’ and I’m giving it away for free download. It’s a tiny book but it contains links to Redcross donation and Google Checkout donation so that readers can donate to Haiti Relief easily.

    Please share the book on your blog if possible :)
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/26029281/HipHop-Grasslands

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  17. By Pinpoint Benefits posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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    My family and I will be doing everything we can to help and we have the Haitian people in our prayers.

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  18. By Adi posted on November 2, 2010 at 5:48 am
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    Hi there… It’s another sad news from Haiti after the earthquake disaster. Help from all around even a penny will be really big help.

    Cholera Disease in Haiti

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