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How to Help in Haiti

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The catastrophic earthquake that struck the developing nation of Haiti January 12 tragically killed or injured much of the country's population. We've provided a short list of LGBT-friendly organizations where you can send donations to help the recovery effort.

The Rainbow Fund
www.rainbowfund.org
The Rainbow World Fund is an LGBT-based international relief agency. The organization promotes LGBT philanthropy in the area of global humanitarian relief. One of its current worldwide relief partners is Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), which operates in Haiti and has been providing food since the disaster struck the country.

Donate online: RainbowFund.org/donate. Specify "Haiti" to ensure that the donation goes to the relief effort.

Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Doctors Without Borders medical teams in Port-au-Prince are treating large numbers of people who suffered fractures, head injuries, and other major trauma during and after the earthquake. The primary concern is caring for the overwhelming number of people who need immediate treatment and major surgery. An MSF team is beginning to work in the operating theater of a major public hospital in the capital's Cite Soleil district, while other MSF staff are trying to identify additional medical structures that remain intact.

To donate: Visit the website above and click on "Donate Now," the red button in the upper right corner.

Episcopal Relief and Development
www.er-d.org

Episcopal Relief and Development has reached out to its Haitian partners in an effort to determine the extent of the damage and coordinate a swift response. The agency has disbursed emergency relief funds to the diocese of Haiti to help meet immediate needs such as providing food, shelter and water. Haiti is one of Episcopal Relief and Development's largest programs, ensuring the relief effort will be immediate, extensive, and long-term, available to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

To donate: Visit their website and select Haiti.

Contributions to the Haiti Fund will provide critical assistance such as food, water, and medicine as well as long-term recovery and rehabilitation aid in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Yele Haiti
www.yele.org

Yele Haiti is an organization led by artist Wyclef Jean helping to bring hope back to Haiti. Projects are designed to make a difference in the fields of education, health, environment and community development.
To donate: Text "Yele" to 501501 to be charged $5 for a donation.

Save the Children
www.savethechildren.org
Save the Children has served some of Haiti's poorest children and families since 1985. The agency has offices in Port-au-Prince and has been sending response teams out into the streets on motorbikes. To expand effectiveness, the organization has merged some programs with those of other members of the International Save the Children Alliance that also have programs in Haiti. Save the Children is preparing to provide immediate lifesaving assistance, such as food, water, shelter, and child-friendly spaces.
To donate: Visit the website above and click on the "Donate" tab.

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE)
www.care.org
CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince, where the worst earthquake destroyed houses and left thousands homeless. The organization is working in partnership with the Rainbow World Fund to help the devastated population of Haiti.
To donate:
Call 1-800-521-CARE.

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