Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Aid Groups in Haiti Doing What They Can - Staff Members Missing

Aid groups based in Haiti are struggling to find staff members while delivering what aid they can.  Partners in Health, a nonprofit that provides medical care, has set up a temporary field hospital.  Based two hours from Port-au-Prince, the organization's facilities were shaken but not damaged and all their workers are safe.  The Red Cross has already distributed what supplies it had in its Port-au-Prince office, which was destroyed in the quake.  Only 3 of its 15 staff members had been found by Wednesday afternoon.  Save the Children was also trying to account for the safety of its staff - 36 of 58 had been found.  The organizations are all requesting help while trying to do what they can.  See the article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Chronicle also has an article about online giving to help victims of the earthquake.  Donors are using text messages and tweets to endorse particular charities and encourage friends and colleagues to donate. The article describes a quick outpouring of contributions to a number of organizations.  For example, the Red Cross had raised $1 million by Wednesday afternoon.


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