As you may or may not know, some friends of mine are currently living in Haiti. Thankfully they are all unharmed but with the aftershocks continuing they are not out of harms way yet. They don't live far from Port Au Prince (maybe 25ish miles as the crow flies) and I'm sure things are going to get worse for them before they get better. All hospitals in Port Au Prince have been destroyed or abandoned, things are very very bad. Please pray for them and all of Haiti, this is really a worst case scenario, a very highly populated area with structures that are not built to sustain earthquakes of this magnitude. There are lots of good organizations that are trying to help the people of Haiti. If you are able, please consider donating. Here is a partial list all of whom are already on the ground in Haiti:
- Text "Yele" to 501501 to automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. Musician Wyclef Jean, who is from Haiti, has established Yele Haiti to help his home country.
- Text "HAITI" to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.
If I get more information I will let you know.
This is from the organization that Nick and Gwenn work with/for in Haiti.
Many have asked how can they send funds to help. Here is the info from Rick:
Earthquake Relief - Donate at http://www.joyinhope.org/donate.asp
and select "Immediate Needs" (or mail checks to JIH - Earthquake, 2731 NC Hwy 55 #251, Cary, NC 27519) to help provide much needed food and supplies to those affected by today's earthquake.
This is a link to pictures they (not the Mangines but their 'sister family' the Pye's) have taken in Jacmel.