January 14, 2010

Help Haiti! What Can You Do?

I sit and watch in horror -- The destruction and lives ripped apart by the massive devastation from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti Tuesday... The gutted homes, buildings and even a collapsed hospital. The images and sounds of bloody children's cries as they search for their parents and loved ones haunt us. WE can not sit and just watch anymore. The lifeless bodies strewn across the rubble, covered by cardboard and plastic -- and the grief stricken cries for help haunt me. WE can not sit and just watch anymore -- I've had many conversations with friends, colleagues and volunteers of GoInspireGo about what we can do to help. WE need YOUR help!

Whether you know a lot or a little about Haiti is irrelevant at this point. WE can not sit and just watch anymore.WE as a global community need to reach out and help NOW! The earthquake has come, rocked and ravaged a community (the death toll continues to grow... and is still uncounted for) According to Bulgarian News Agency, BGNES, A Red Cross representative says the number the fatalities of the earthquake that hit Haiti can be anywhere between 45,000 and 50,000. WE can not sit and just watch anymore.

In addition to the staggering death toll, another estimated 3 million plus people have been injured and left without homes.

*The Go Inspire Go team is contacting non-profits and people in our network and community to gather an action plan on how to help. Please send your ideas to us at toanlam@goinspirego.com by 8pm Pacific Time today. We will compile the data and gather an action plan.

WE can not sit and just watch anymore.


WHAT CAN YOU DO? -- Can you send a donation to the Red Cross or other non-profits that are helping with rescue and relief efforts? Can you blog or create a video (and send it to us) about what people in your community are doing to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti? Do something! Please email this out to everyone in your email and social networking list -- Please send your ideas to us at toanlam@goinspirego.com and/or post what you're doing to help on our comments section below. We want people to be inspired by your actions and be moved to act.

PLEASE DO SOMETHING...


In the spirit of service,

Toan Lam
Founder, Go Inspire Go

Please See This List Care of The New York Times Within Our HELP HAITI Sidebar for All the Agencies You Can Contact. Thank You!

**ALSO YOU CAN TEXT 90999 FOR DONATIONAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO HAITI**

15 comments:

  1. I'm texting the Red Cross with my donation. Technology has made it so much easier for us to give a little, and Toan is right, if we all give a little, collectively, it WILL make a difference. I can't even imagine how Haiti will rebuild itself, but I pray that God will give the people strength and the wisdom to endure. Thanks Toan.

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  2. I did the $10 text donation to the Red Cross... it was SUPER easy & didn't take any time at all, you don't even have to give them a credit card or anything, they just tack it on to your cell phone bill at the end of the month. So, grab your phone & text "HAITI" to 90999 RIGHT NOW!!

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  3. At my internship they have devoted great amounts of coverage to the Haiti earthquake... I think it's awesome and I hear that people are making a lot of contributions. Also, my foundation I am apart of The Emma Bowen Foundation, has sent out a mass e-mail collecting donations from all the interns across the U.S. I hope this helps because I bet college kids are the hardest to reach out to.

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  4. If you've got more time than money, MedShare.org has volunteer opportunities in the SF Bay Area and Atlanta, GA. They're preparing to ship desperately needed medical supplies to Haiti, they just need your help to get them out the door!

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  6. It's really difficult to find one or even a handful of organizations to donate to during a crisis like this. In Haiti, over 10,000 non profits existed before the earthquake, with some very helpful to the people they serve, and some not so much. So if you choose to donate, please do some research into your option, and try to find the organization(s) that have a noble history in Haiti, because that is often a great indicator of commitment and results.

    Partners in Health, with an office in Boston, has been working in Haiti for over 30 years. They have hospitals in Haiti, and really understand the depth of issues that Haitians faced on a daily basis before this earthquake. Because of the number of people who believed in their mission from the beginning, they have become the major health service provider in the country. Check out www.pih.org. As soon as the earthquake hit, they were already on the ground mobilizing their doctors and nurses to get care to those that really needed it.

    Just one option, among many. Happy searching!

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  8. the easiest and fastest way to give is
    "HAITI" to 90999 , that is the least we can all so. Thanks Go Inspire Go for being on the ball and making it easy for folks to contribute what they can. God bless

    Susie Schwinn

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  9. Thanks for your comments and emails! We're taking action tomorrow --

    Our team will head out to MedShare.Org to document their heroic efforts... This amazing non-profit will donate tons off medical supplies desperately needed in Haiti.

    If you'd like to join us at 10am, email me at toanlam@goinspirego.com

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  10. *A MSG. FROM THE UNITED NATIONS*
    THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS/EXPERIENCES/ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO OUR EMAIL:

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    Dear UNA-USA Members and Supporters,

    Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake on Tuesday is a tragic human disaster that continues to unfold even as relief efforts make their way to the country’s capital. As the death toll mounts, it’s increasingly feared that this could become one of the most devastating global natural disasters in recent history, potentially rivaling Southeast Asia’s tsunami in 2004, which killed more than 200,000 people.

    Such a human calamity compels urgent action.

    One of the most important actions is to provide for the basic needs of the millions of survivors – food, water, medical supplies, shelter and trauma care. It is our responsibility as people who care to ensure that the humanitarian impact of this disaster does not escalate even higher. By assisting the UN agencies most involved on the ground, we can make a difference.

    I know you’ve got a lot of choices – there are many worthy NGOs making appeals simultaneously, but I’d like to urge you to give directly to the pre-eminent UN organizations:

    * The World Food Program
    * UNICEF
    * The World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization
    * Central Emergency Response Fund

    I’m certain that many of you have already contributed to some of the charities working in Haiti, and I’m proud to learn that several UNA-USA chapters have started campaigns or sent funds by now (e.g. Boston, Santa Clara, East Bay). Some of you may still want to launch chapter campaigns or events, sending your support as soon as possible as well as in the coming weeks.

    To keep track of our collective effort, please send an e-mail to our chapter delegate, Herb Behrstock, at Herb@behrstock.com, indicating the amount of your contribution so that we at UNA-USA can inform the UN of our efforts on its behalf.

    I’m confident that our globally conscious UNA-USA community will help meet the needs of Haitians and generously respond to this crisis.

    Many thanks,


    Tom Miller
    President and Chief Executive Office

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  11. Events like this are so surreal. At least I think that's the word. Whether it's terrorism or natural disasters. There have been these events that are a part of my life that are just unreal. Whether they happened on the other side of the world, on the opposite coast, or just a short drive down the 280 freeway.

    I remember huddling in a door way at my house with my younger brother and my father. We were downstairs about to leave for soccer practice. My Mom was screaming. The house was shaking my father talking to us quietly. It'll be over in a few seconds. Just stay calm.

    He was right. It was. My mom was ok, I think there was some disheveled furniture and maybe a few broken collectables. Nothing to major.

    We went to soccer practice to find out it was cancelled. We started to learn more and more about the tragedy that had happened. The collapse of a freeway. I was like 14. This was way before I had seen any of those "End of the World Epic Movies". The stories of the tragedy and horror that people experienced just a 15 minute drive from my house seemed totally separate from real life even though it was so close to home.

    My Dad was right. It was over in a couple of seconds. For us and our immediate surroundings. But to all the people who experienced loss, I am sure that earthquake in 1989 has resinating aftershocks in their hearts, minds and lives.

    I didn't know what to do when I watched the news and heard of people trapped by collapsed freeway. You feel this overwhelming urge to help and this complete helplessness all at the same time.

    I am thankful that the social media and the way we communicate in todays world has been able to answer my feelings of helplessness and my urge to help. It is really amazing the closeness and accessibility that media and social networking has given us to the people and tragedy in Haiti.

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  12. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 15, 2010

    CONTACT:
    Sirch Chanthyasack, MBA
    Chief Executive Officer
    (415) 680-4027 or Sourichanh@lana-usa.org


    The Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) would like to express our love and support to the people of Haiti, Haitian American community and the Haitian diaspora suffered from the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. We are personally and deeply sorry for your loss.

    On Tuesday, a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Entire communities have been ripped apart and as many as 3 million people have been directly affected. This is a tragic human disaster that continues to unfold even as relief efforts make their way to the country’s capital. This could possibly be one of the most devastating global natural disasters in recent history, potentially rivaling Southeast Asia’s tsunami in 2004, which killed more than 200,000 people.

    Cash is best! To buy exactly what they need. Instantaneous if people give online. The most pressing immediate needs are water, food, and shelter. Where and ways to help:

    The White House: President Barack Obama http://www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake
    - Clinton Foundation http://www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake/
    - Red Cross http://american.redcross.org/supporthaiti
    - Center for International Disaster Information http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/haiti/eq/
    United Nation organizations:
    - World Food Program https://www.wfp.org/donate/haiti
    - UNICEF http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLEJSOALpE&b=1023561
    - The World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization https://www.pahef.org/donate/donate.aspx?source=Her
    - Central Emergency Response Fund http://ochaonline.un.org/cerf/DonateNow/HowtoDonate/tabid/1819/language/en-US/Default.aspx

    Our common humanity demand WE ACT. This is a top priority for the U.S. Federal government.

    LANA is asking and encouraging all Americans and people of the world to help in any way they can.

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    http://www.volunteerinfo.org/

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