Helping Haiti Respond to the earthquake

These recent satellite images of Port-au-Prince, Haiti before and after Tuesday's earthquake dramatically show the devastation caused by magnitude 7.0 trembler. Here are before-and-after screenshots of the National Palace and an area of Port-au-Prince:

We are the World en español

Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio, Thalía, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan y más de 70 voces cantan "Somos el mundo" para beneficiar a las víctimas de Haití.

Así como el productor Quincy Jones hace un par de semanas regrabó el clásico tema "We Are The World" –que compusieron Michael Jackson y Lionel Richie en 1984– con voces contemporáneas en el mercado anglosajón, esta tarde del viernes fue el turno del talento latino para grabar la versión en español.

"Somos el mundo" es el título de la adaptación a nuestro idioma, y la idea surgió del mismo Jones, en asociación con Emilio y Gloria Estefan y Univisión de realizar el tema para ayudar a las víctimas del terremoto que sacudió a Haití.

En "Somos el mundo" participan más de 70 cantantes, entre ellos, Luis Fonsi, Thalía, Paulina Rubio, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan, Aventura, Lucero, Tito El Bambino, A.B. Quintanilla, El Puma, Ednita Nazario, Aleks Syntek, Ana Bárbara, Patricia Manterola, Christian Chávez, Pitbull, Wisin & Yandel, Banda El Recodo, David Archuleta, Juan Luis Guerra, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Reyes, Kany García, Jenni Rivera y, al igual que en la nueva versión en inglés, en las guitarras, Carlos Santana.

El tema fue traducido al español por Gloria Estefan y producido por su esposo, Emilio, en un estudio adaptado en el American Airline Arena de Miami, FL.


The massive earthquake in Haiti has left the capital city of Port-au-Prince in shambles. The people face an immediate critical need. We ask you to stand with us to meet that need.

If you'd like to make a contribution to this blog to help us keep bringing you the latest info on the Haiti relief efforts please do so, it would be a lot of help.

Salvation Army in Haiti

The Salvation Army is accepting Donations through their website.

Wyclef Jean helping in Haiti

Doctors Without Border in Haiti continue to work

Dr. Marie-Pierre Allié, president of Médecins Sans Frontières-France, who recently returned from a field visit to Haiti, analyses the situation there one month after the disaster. At present, areas of concern include the vacuum caused by the withdrawal of some of the international medical teams who rushed to scene after the earthquake, the ongoing lack of shelter, and the slow pace of aid distribution.

One month after the earthquake, what is the situation in Haiti?

The extent of the destruction that I observed in the field is very unusual. This disaster leaves a profound impression even on those with prior experience in natural disasters, even after seeing the images over and over. In some places, families are living in the rubble of neighborhoods that have been completely destroyed. In other areas, the buildings still standing seem to be very unstable and dangerous. According to the United Nations, approximately 500,000 displaced persons have moved to more than 300 resettlement sites in the capital, but this is just part of the problem. We are talking about a capital city of 2.5 million people where almost no one is sleeping under a roof at this point.

Some of the residents—about 20 percent—have left Port-au-Prince. Nearly everyone else is sleeping outside, in public areas or in front of their house, whether it is standing or not. At the same time, there is a certain return to normalcy. Markets have resumed, businesses are open and the clean-up is proceeding.

This impressive resumption of activity contrasts with an ongoing lack of organization, one month after the earthquake. It's still hard to obtain access to food and shelter, both of which are limited. There is a visible and obvious humanitarian presence in some areas and practically none in others—with no apparent coherence with the extent of the destruction. Overall, basic needs are not yet being met, which inevitably creates tensions and, possibly, security risks in the long-term. In addition, many people need mental health care to deal with the trauma they have experienced–loss of family and destruction of their home–and to confront the precariousness of their current situation. There is a sharp contrast between the massive mobilization abroad in terms of donors and the emergency aid that has been sent, and in the field, where this aid is reaching with difficulties a population that feels it's being ignored.

United Nations D.P. and Zinedine Zidane

The United Nations Development Programme released a public-service announcement featuring the soccer legend Zinedine Zidane appealing to viewers to “not forget about” Haiti.

The video asks for support for the UNDP’s “cash-for-work” project, which is aimed at injecting money into the country’s economy by employing 200,000 Haitians to help clear away rubble and begin reconstruction of buildings destroyed by last month’s earthquake.

Haiti Relief and Development American Red Cross

On January 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources.

Go to their website.

International Response Fund American Red Cross

You can help the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter.

Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at

GO to their website.

Haiti Relief: Rebuilding Youth Orchestra Program

The Youth Orchestra Program in Haiti has experienced a major setback. The Program’s host school, the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité, has been destroyed during the earthquake together with all the Program’s instruments.

Fortunately all the music instructors are safe, and the 80 program beneficiaries had left the school half an hour before the earthquake.

Since the OASIS program started last December, Sainte Trinité served as a venue for the disadvantaged youths of Bel-Air. Through your support, we can bring back the program and help rebuild the school.

For more information about the OASIS program please visit

The American Red Cross in Haiti

The American Red Cross in Haiti continues to provide much needed assistance. Get involved and Donate now through their website.

Donate to World Concern's Disaster Response for Haiti Earthquake Relief

They have everything setup through a secure website, click here.

Donate By Phone: 1-866-530-5433 (LIFE)

Mail Checks To: 19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98133

Stand With Haiti

World Concern has worked with Haiti for more than 31 years, they can really help out:

Stand With Haiti

OAS Reaffirms Support for People and Government of Haiti in Earthquake Aftermath

In a declaration approved by acclamation today during its regular session, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) reaffirmed its support for the government and people of Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country on January 12.

The declaration reads that “it is essential to support the efforts of the Haitian authorities to maintain political stability, democracy, good governance and the rule of law, and to strengthen institutions, and promote socioeconomic development.”

Furthermore, it specifies that the OAS “will support, upon their request, the Haitian authorities in their efforts to promote dialogue with all the sectors in society to address the relevant political, social and economic issues.”

The declaration adds that the OAS will continue to collaborate and mobilize whatever resources are needed to support recovery and reconstruction efforts, in collaboration with other regional and financial organizations, always “on the basis of the priorities established by the Haitian Government” and “in full respect for the sovereignty of Haiti.”

The declaration, drafted by all delegations, was formally proposed to the Permanent Council by the Representative of Haiti, Ambassador Duly Brutus, who reiterated his gratefulness to the Member States for the support they have offered since the earthquake. “Haiti is moved by this wave of solidarity,” he said.

The proposal was co-sponsored by Ambassador Virgilio Alcántara, of the Dominican Republic, who highlighted the “immediate and appropriate” response of the OAS and its authorities, who with “speed and effectiveness” headed “the mobilization of the agencies of the inter-American system” and in general “did the right thing in a timely way.”

The representatives of Panama, Dominican Republic, United States of America, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Brazil, Jamaica (on behalf of CARICOM), Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela also took the floor to express their support for the declaration.

France has issued a stamp to help Haiti

France has issued a stamp in solidarity with the victims of Haiti

We are the World -25- for Haiti

The 25th-anniversary remake of "We Are the World" came to life and united some of the best voices on the planet to bring us a new remix. Please enjoy:

Donate with Oxfam

Oxfam has increased the number of ways in which it is receiving Donations, it can be done over the phone, by check, through PayPal and directly from it's website.

Visit them to find out more.

Yele Food Distribution

Ways to Donate to Haiti

Here are some other ways in which you can Donate right away....

Doctors Without Border website

CARE website

Partners in Health website

WorldVision website

More ways to Donate to Haiti via Text Messages

Text the word “Haiti” to 501501 to donate $10
On behalf of the Yéle Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean

Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5
On behalf of the Yéle Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean

Text the word “Quake” to 20222 to donate $10
On behalf of The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Text the word “Haiti” to 20222 to donate $10
On behalf of the Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund

Text the word “Haiti” to 52000 to donate $10
On behalf of the Salvation Army

Donate to Haiti via Text Messages

Text the word “Hope10” or “UNICEF” to 20222 to donate $10
On behalf of UNICEF

Text the word “Habitat” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of Habitat for Humanity

Text the word “Haiti” to 40579 to donate $10
On behalf of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)

Text the word “Oxfam” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of Oxfam America, Inc.

Text the word “Save” or “Safe” to 20222 to donate $10
On behalf of Save the Children Federation, Inc.

Text the word “Give” or “World” to 20222 to donate $10
On behalf of World Vision Inc.

Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $10
On behalf of the International Medical Corps

Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5
On behalf of the International Rescue Committee

Text the word “Care” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)

Text the word “Live” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of Americares, Inc.

Text the word “Give” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of the MTV telethon

Text the word “AJWS” to 25383 to donate $10
On behalf of the American Jewish World Service

Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10
On behalf of the American Red Cross in the U.S.

American Red Cross has Raised more than $24 million via Text Messages

According to the Miami Herald, the American Red Cross has Raised more than $24 million via Text Messages as of Monday.

Many cellphone carriers have already passed on the donations to the charities. Under normal circumstances, it could take as long as 90 days for the beneficiaries to receive the contributions because cellphone companies usually wait until they collect donations from customers via their bills before passing the money along.

In many cases, cellphone companies have also waived fees they typically charge for such donations, but check with your company to be sure.

To donate to the American Red Cross, text HAITI to 90999 to give $10. When you receive a text in response, reply with YES to confirm your one-time gift. The one-time donation will appear on your next bill.

Donations can also be made to musician Wyclef Jean's Yele Foundation. Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 or HAITI to the same number to donate $10.

How much was raised from the Hope for Haiti telethon

Want to know how much was raised by the Hope for Haiti now telethon. Well, about $57M according to the NYPOST.

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Update from the Ground: Haiti Earthquake, American Red Cross

Here are two videos with updates from the American Red Cross:

American Red Cross : Haiti PSA

This is a Public Service Announcement from the American Red Cross

Hooters 4 Haiti

Here is a unique way one company is doing their part.

SOS Saving Ourselves - Help For Haiti

A second major telethon is planned for Feb 5th, for earthquake relief in Haiti.

It's planned from 8pm to 10pm and will air on BET, Centric, MTV and VH1. So far Queen Latifah, Sean Diddy Combs and Pharell Williams will be hosting the telethon.

It's taking place in Miami int the American Airlines Arena.

Proceeds from the telethon will go towards the Yele Foundation, CARE, MediShare and Proctor and Gamble's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program

Donate for Haiti in the Ukraine

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Artistas Unidos por Haiti

35 artistas Dominicanos unidos en solidaridad con Haití 31 de Enero, Estadio Olímpico 3:00pm. Contribución: $400 Gradas / $600 Terreno. Lo recaudado en la venta de boletas será donado a la causa.

Artistas Unidos por Haití

Un concierto con más de 35 artistas dominicanos en Solidaridad con Haití

Domingo 31 de enero. Estadio Olimpico Félix Sánchez, a partir de las 3:00 pm

Entradas disponibles en: Uepa Tickets, Solo Tickets, Supermercados Nacional, Jumbo.

La contribución es de RD$400 en gradas, RD$600 en terreno. Lo recaudado en la venta de boletas será donado a la causa.

Con la participación de:
Fernando Villalona, Eddy Herrera, Sergio Vargas, Omega, Rubby Perez, El Jeffrey, Hector Acosta, Los Rosario, Toño Rosario, Johnny Ventura, Raymond Pozo y Miguel Cespedes, El Prodigio, Michell, Sexappeal, Joe Veras, Yoskar Sarante, Kinito Mendez, Rafely, Miriam Cruz, Pavel Núñez, Jandy Ventura, Cherito, El Chaval, Vakero, Frank Ceara, Audrey Campos, Manuel Jimenez, Ruina Nueva, Tito Swing, Pochy Familia, Juliana, Krispy, Vladimir Dotel, Rita Indiana, Wason, Martha Heredia, Issa Gadala, Chichi Peralta, Peña Suazo, Cristal Marie, Maryury Reyna, Ramón Orlando, Diomedes, Monchy Capricho Edward el Big Papi, Luis Miguel del Amargue, Alexandra, Marcel, Pakole, Claudia Sierra, The Boss, Alexis 

Help for Haiti in Photos

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