Concrete Ways to help Victims in Haiti


You can help Haiti.


The earthquake in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, will cause the death of so many. Estimates are now calculated at over 100,000. All major government buildings are down, the schools, the hospitals, the jails–just rubble. It makes the Katrina disaster look like a picnic by the sea.

Even before this earthquake some Haitians kill hunger pains by eating mud cakes, or mixing dirt in with cornmeal to make in last longer.

BUT! Don’t feel too overwhelmed to help.

Efforts are mobilizing: Here is a link to what is being done.

Here are a few simple ways to start helping right away:

World Relief is responding immediately –Donate now  to help the most vulnerable – families and children – in the immediate aftermath.  Emergency kits will be distributed that will include items such as ready-to-eat food, water and a blanket.  Time is critical. You can respond with any amount you are able to give. 

• Doctors Without Borders is asking for donations to help the emergency response teams in Haiti. Donate with a debit or credit card at

• The Red Cross is taking donations via text messages. Text the word HAITI to the number 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. It’ll show up on your phone bill. Or donate online

• Operation Helping Hands, a joint community project of The Miami Herald and United Way-Miami, will be collecting donations to support the relief effort in Haiti.

To make a contribution, go to

Checking on relatives in Haiti:

• Mercy Corps established a Haiti Earthquake Fund, PO Box 2669,Portland, OR 97208,, 1-888-256-1900

On Twitter: 
Donate $5 by texting YELE to 501501 or at

I will update this page, as more opportunities become known.

Leave comments if you have information or news that would be helpful. Thank you.

Please pray for the people and aid workers in this decimated country.


3 responses to “Concrete Ways to help Victims in Haiti

  1. Lisa – Thanks for the reliable list of resources. One of our profs this AM wanted to give his students some info on how to help and I was pleased to recommend your blog. NPR said this AM that the web will probably explode w/ scam “Help Haiti” sights so it is good to have Life as Prayer as a trustworthy source.

  2. Why do we have to wait till disaster strikes before we tend to help the poor people?

  3. lisacolondelay

    When you say “we”… I assume you mean America, or Canada, or N. America. Possibly you are just referring to yourself and your friends.

    It does seem to be the case sometimes that we (humans) may think of ourselves before others, and then a disaster happens, and the less fortunate pop back on the radar, and we help how we can.

    Personally, though, helping others is a spiritual practice for me, and how I live out my worldview. Each year, about this time, my accountant thinks I must be insane. I hand over whatever receipts I’ve kept for charitable contributions to the poor and disadvantaged. But Why, she wonders? Because it won’t help me at all to give to them. It won’t pad my retirement, and it might be not really worth it. But helping others is a main reason we exist.