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.