In the aftermath of a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, many are asking "how can I help?"
You can donate to the Relief Fund using your Digicel phone.
American Red Cross, to help with relief efforts, text "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill. Three million already raised through text messages as of Jan 15 9am.
Wyclef Jean-Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund...text “YELE” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 via your cell phone bill.
Here at home in T&T, groups are already organising the collection of funds and relief items which people can donate. Here are the ones we have been alerted to:
ITNAC (Is There Not A Cause) is collecting both monetary donations at Republic Bank (account name: For This Cause - Haiti, account number: 510009446802), as well as non-perishable food items, clothing, bedding, temporary building supplies, medical supplies, and toiletries and can be dropped off at:
>ITNAC Office, Jardine's Plaza, 96 Charlotte Street, Port of Spain (tel: Naomi, 624-4162)
>Hilton Hotel Trinidad, 1B Lady Young Road, Belmont (tel: Olivia Constantine at 682-6755)
>Fangle Dangle, corner Rosalino and Robert Streets, Woodbrook
>Global Revival Ministeries, bypass on Eastern Main Road, Arima
>Jencare Day Spa, 11 Cornelio Street, Woodbrook
- UNESCO T&T: non-perishable foods, bedding and clothing can be dropped off at 2 Scott Street, St Clair (corner of Scott and Newbold Streets behind the Ellerslie Private Hospital, formerly Stanleys nursing home), 9am–2pm and 5–7pm until 26 January. For more, email
or call (868) 683-6567, 766-1542
- YMCA: Accepting donations of perishable foods, bottled water, blankets, etc. Located at Benbow Road, off Wrightson Road (opposite the power station), Port of Spain (tel: 868-625-9622)
- COP: Foodstuffs, blankets and clothing can be dropped off (please label all bags) to the COP (Congress of the People) Flagship Office on the corner of Tragrete Road and Broome Street in Port of Spain between 9am and 3pm. Contact Lisa at (868) 683-2364, Kathryn at 632-4079 or Renatta at 632-3284.
No matter where you are, you can help....
Here are trusted online sites raising funds specifically for assisting survivors of the Haitian earthquake(alphabetically):
Caribbean news & views from the MEP (Media & Editorial Projects Ltd) suite of publications - Caribbean Beat, Discover Trinidad & Tobago, ENERGY Caribbean, the Trinidad & Tobago Business Guide, and Prospect Press books.
Thank you for your kind contribution, any amount helps.