By: Eloy Yndigoyen (The Campus Investor)
Today I’m dedicating my column to the disaster recovery effort going on in Haiti. In case you haven’t been paying attention to the news lately, three days ago Haiti was struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake’s epicenter was extremely close to Port Au Prince, the city’s capital. A little background on Haiti, the country is one of the poorest and most densely populated in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has 9 million residents in total, 80% of them live in poverty. That’s right, 80%!!
President Obama has already pledged $100 million in immediate relief aid, while other major corporations are donating money as well. Morgan Stanley & Jefferies promised $1,000,000 each while Godaddy.com is giving $500,000. Various celebrities and former presidents are urging us as American’s to give, give, give.
Donating money at a time like this is extremely imperative for ground relief efforts in Haiti. Time is of the essence since so many people are not getting sufficient medical attention or receiving enough water or food. This has truly turned into a scene unlike anything we’ve ever seen before; analysts are predicting casualties in the six figure range. Bodies upon bodies are being piled up in the streets, news reporter Eric Marrapodi from CNN said the following, “The vast majority of downtown Port-au-Prince is a mess of dead bodies, rebar and concrete.”
Now I know you’re sitting there in shock reading this and wondering what you can do to help. Well, there are a few different ways to give. First off is via text message, just pick up your BlackBerry or iPhone and simply text the message “Haiti” to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be made, and charged to your cell phone bill or if you can only give $5 text “Yele” to 501501. How easy is that? If you don’t feel comfortable doing that then you can also donate via your credit card online. A great charity that I’ve donated to in the past is charity:water. The link to the website is below.
If you have already donated, THANK YOU! If not, please get on that cell phone or computer and do so. The amazing part around the country and the world for that matter is how we are all connected so much easier and quicker. The text message campaigns have broken donation records, some gathering as much as $5 million in a matter of days. Haiti is truly a country at its weakest point right now and it is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world to help bring them back up.