Thursday, January 14, 2010

Contribute to Global Health

Photo credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters

We've been spending this week looking at ways you can give back to your community both next Monday during the National Day of Service and throughout the year. In lieu of today's planned post on ways to contribute locally, I'd like to refer everyone to the dire health needs of those suffering in the Caribbean - particularly in Haiti.

By now, I'm sure you've heard about the devastating 7.0 earthquake that has demolished Port-au-Prince and taken thousands of lives. Over at The Big Picture, you can see some of these scenes through the lens of photojournalists on the ground.

A friend of mine works at USAID and expressly said that monetary donations are the most effective at this time (clothes and food are difficult to transport in while the priority is medical supplies).

The Daily Beast* has a pretty comprehensive list of ways to help Haiti. The fastest way to get involved for most of you is also simple: send a text message that results in a donation (it will appear on your phone bill).

Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 to Red Cross)
Text YELE to 501501 ($5 to YĆ©le, Wyclef Jean’s development organization.)

*Hat tip to Clifford for the link.

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