Wednesday, January 13, 2010

UNICEF - Helping the children of Haiti

Our thoughts are with all the people of Haiti after the tragic earthquake. We encourage you to give what you can in order to help the recovery and relief effort.

Former president Bill Clinton, the UN's Special Envoy to Haiti said today:
"What we need now is cash to buy water, food, shelter and first-aid supplies. That's what we need. And we need that the next week over and above everything else. They are not able yet to coordinate physical supplies and redirect bodies. So I just want to urge people to donate directly to the agencies..."
The children of Haiti are particularly in our thoughts - some of these children may be fighting for their lives, or may be orphaned and may not have the ability to fend for themselves.

So, to that end, one organization that we strongly suggest giving to is UNICEF. From the UNICEF website:
13 January 2010 – The first shipment of UNICEF supplies for survivors of [the] devastating earthquake is on its way to Haiti. The emergency aid is urgently needed, as basic services and infrastructure in the western hemisphere’s poorest nation were already close to collapse even before the 7.0-magnitude quake struck.

With support from the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is providing air transport, essential supplies from the UNICEF Regional Office in Panama City are being flown to the Dominican Republic tonight. They will be transported overland to the hard-hit Haitian capital tomorrow.

The airlifted items include 10,000 tarpaulins, 4,600 water containers, 5.5 million water-purification tablets, 556,000 oral rehydration sachets and other supplies to meet the basic needs of up to 10,000 families. Supply shipments for an additional 20,000 families are in the works for the coming days.

In a statement to UNICEF’s Executive Board, which is meeting in New York this week, Executive Director Ann M. Veneman reaffirmed the agency’s determination to respond effectively to the crisis in Haiti despite the many challenges ahead.

"Expert estimates suggest that 46 per cent of Haiti’s nearly 10 million people are under 18 years of age,” she said. “The special needs of children for food, shelter and protection must be factored in at the very outset of relief efforts, and UNICEF will do everything in its power to make sure these needs are met.”
UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

If you choose not to give to UNICEF, here are some other organizations that could use your donations.

No matter what the amount - please donate to the recovery and relief effort.

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