Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canadians Helping Haiti - Earthquake Disaster Relief - links to online resources



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Disaster relief and emergency service organizations worldwide are mobilizing worldwide to provide help to earthquake stricken Haiti. Donations are sorely needed. It has been reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have already donated $1 million dollars to support Doctors Without Borders. The US Red Cross has raised more than $35 million dollars. The Canadian government has announced it will match donations made to any Canadian charity for Haiti earthquake disaster relief - so your donations have twice the impact.

There are many appeals for public donations. I recommend you direct your donations to registered charities with proven disaster relief capacities AND personnel “on the ground” in Haiti backed by immediate mobilization plans to put more front line emergency service workers and volunteers in place as well as deliver critical supplies and food immediately.

In Canada, donate to:

The Salvation Army at http://salvationarmy.ca/
The Red Cross at http://redcross.ca
World Vision at http://worldvision.ca
Mennonite Central Committee at http://mcc.org

Although I have no immediate plans to put together a Project417 relief team, (our last trip was to Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston County, San Leon, Texas in Dec 2008), I’ll be supporting our partners at the Salvation Army Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. Also check back to the blog here, once immediate relief efforts are no longer needed the emphasis will switch to rebuilding and reconstruction for many years. Haiti is still recovering from severe hurricane devastation over the last two years and now the need for both short and long term volunteer missions to rebuild communities will intensify. With experience following both Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, I’ll be looking for the most effective way to put together a volunteer team -- most probably with The Fuller Center for Housing, who were already building new homes in Haiti when the earthquake hit. The late Millard Fuller was the founder of Habitat for Humanity. Stay tuned - Join me!

News from Geneva – (ICRC) finding missing family members:

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a special website to help thousands of people within Haiti and abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones. Haitians as well as family members around the world can log on to register a missing loved one at http://www.icrc.org/familylinks

or this short link at http://bit.ly/8B4sBA

Together caring and giving Canadians and friends worldwide can make a real difference to our suffering neighbors in Haiti.

Thanks ~ Andy ( follow @canayjun and @MeteorTel on Twitter)

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