January 12th 2010
As a country of extreme poverty, Haiti will rely heavily on the response of the international community.
On Tuesday 12 January, a devastating earthquake struck 10 miles south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It registered 7.3 on the Richter scale and left the capital and surrounding areas in ruins. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people have died and more than 3 million have been affected and are left without electricity.
Haiti's president, René Préval, said the toll was "unimaginable" and included the collapse of many government buildings, foreign aid headquarters, hospitals, schools, and shanty towns. As a country of extreme poverty, Haiti will rely heavily on the response of the international community.
There are various ways in which you can help :
The Global Fund for Children are reaching out to their Haitian grantee partners to determine how best to assist their efforts on the ground. They are currently trying to re establish communications so they can activate emergency grant funds to begin to meet immediate needs on the ground.
Anyone wishing to support these efforts by The Global Fund for Children can make a donation which will directly assist their grassroots partners in Haiti.
Click here for a link to the appeal on the GFW website
Another way to help is through the The Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal which is launching with the support of major UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Al-Jazeera.
The money raised will support the efforts of the DEC's members which are the major UK aid agencies.The appeal is expected to be broadcast on Friday but donation lines and the website are already open.
Click here for the DEC website and the donation line is 0370 60 60 900
Links to other agencies who are endeavouring to help: