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Disaster Support for Haitian Earthquake Victims

As most of us have heard the news by now, the impoverished nation of Haiti has been devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  Hundreds of people are dead and thousands more are feared dead.  The capital city of Port-au-Prince is devastated.

As much of the world has been quick to come to Haiti's aid by sending supplies, volunteers, food and finances, it is also an unfortunate opportunity for scammers to take advantage of a disaster.  The most common form of this is through bogus or less than reputable folks taking donations online.  Please be very careful!!!

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If you are in a position donate money in support of victims of the Haitian earthquake, make sure you're donating to a reputable disaster relief organization. There are several reputable charities pledging support.

These disaster relief organizations are all four-star rated charities by Charity Navigator. They're listed in order by size, from largest to smallest.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross
, which is almost three-times bigger than the next-biggest charity listed here, is providing support to Haitians affected by the earthquake. It is, however, rated as a three-star charity by Charity Navigator -- which means it "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its cause." The four-star charities listed below "exceed industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause."

Doctors Without Borders, USA
Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Food for the Poor Haiti Earthquake Relief
Food for the Poor
is providing emergency relief to earthquake victims.

World Vision Haiti Earthquake Relief
World Vision
is distributing relief supplies – including food, clean water, blankets and tents to children and families impacted by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.

Care Haiti Earthquake Relief
is sending helping to rescue people from the rubble, and providing food and water.

UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Relief
, the United Nations Children's Fund, is providing immediate support, even though its own offices in Port-au-Prince were devastated by the earthquake. At this writing, the UNICEF USA donation page is down, though.

Samaritan's Purse Haiti Earthquake Relief
Samaritan's Purse
dispatched a team just hours after the quake to help with water, shelter, medical care and other emergency needs. We will focus on medical help, shelter, clean water and hygiene supplies.

World Food Program Haiti Earthquake Relief
Friends of World Food Program
works in the U.S. to support the U.N.'s World Food Programme, which is supplying food to Haitians during the crisis.

Global Giving Haiti Earthquake Relief
Global Giving
has launched an emergency earthquake relief fund that will provide emergency assistance.

William J Clinton Foundation
The "Bill" Clinton Foundation is also a 4-star charity whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. President Clinton has been VERY active with the efforts in Haiti.

Yéle Haiti
Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment.  Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005.  (Please note that this charity is NOT listed or rated with Charity Navigator)

Thanks to our friends at The Daily Green for the info on some of these orgs.

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