Relief efforts continued four days after a devastating earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti resulting in wide-spread destruction and unimaginable loss of life.
Urgent relief supplies are making their way onto the island, however damage sustained at Port-au-Prince’s primary port, and congestion at its airport have forced UNICEF and her partners to explore alternate routes to get desperately needed aid to quake victims. One way has been diverting flights into the Dominican Republic
Our colleague Richard Alleyne is blogging from Haiti on UNICEF’s disaster relief efforts for children.
Yesterday he was able to provide a post from Jimani in the Dominican Republic. The primary coordination of relief efforts are occurring from Jimani
Despite the challenges, efforts are underway to unload and deliver UNICEF emergency supplies and equipment that arrived in Port-au-Prince by plane in the early hours of January 15th. This first UNICEF shipment included water tanks, water purification tablets and rehydration salts, in addition to telecommunications and computer equipment.
Two more planes loaded with relief are planned for the weekend, carrying some 70 metric tons of tents, tarpaulin, and medicine.
Clean water and sanitation are among the most important emergency relief needs following most emergencies, in particular to protect against the serious health risks posed by diarrheal infections and diseases.
100 percent of your donation is being used to provide these and other life saving goods and services to the people of Haiti. Please continue to support UNICEF, make a donation today!
The outpouring of support that we’ve received is tremendous. Many have been asking about other ways to help support UNICEFs relief efforts in Haiti, so here’s some information:
If you’re in New York City, join us in honoring U.N. workers and thousands of other victims from the earthquake that struck Haiti this week, during a candlelight vigil taking place today, January 15. Click here to view the event on Facebook. For those of you not able to attend, join us in spirit:
Light a virtual candle on Facebook for the victims in Haiti. $5 proceeds go to UNICEF and the relief efforts in Haiti
- Donate: This is by far the best way to help support our efforts.100% of your donation will go to fund relief efforts in Haiti. Visit unicefusa.org/haitiquake to donate today! No amount is too small.
- Mobile Giving: Text GIVE to UNICEF to make a $5 donation. Visit unicefusa.org/mobile for more information.
- Spread the word: Join our online community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Share our updates and videos with everyone in your network and ask them to join you in supporting UNICEF’s relief efforts in Haiti.
- Dedicate your status on Facebook to UNICEF. Copy and paste this message into your profile: Support UNICEF USA and their relief efforts in Haiti. Visit http://bit.ly/6gp6AP to donate now!
- On Twitter, tweet the following to show your support: Help Haiti! Support @unicefusa donate now http://bit.ly/6gp6AP
- Create a personal online donation page and invite friends and family to help you raise funds. Part of a school, group or company? Create a team page and share your page with everyone in your network to collect donations. www.unicefusa.org/ert
- Stay informed: Sign up for our emails and receive up to date information on our efforts to support the people of Haiti.
- Add our banner to your personal or company website or blog.
- Join our Cause on Facebook.
- Matching Gifts: To find out if your company or employer will match your donation, visit www.matchinggift.com/unicefusa
UNICEF is there before, after and during an emergency to provide aid, especially to the most vulnerable victims
Ordinarily, the tiny town of Jimani on the Dominican Republic’s southwest border with Haiti could be described as sleepy and nondescript. Safe for the military barracks and a few outdoor produce markets, day-to-day life seems to pass without much variation. This has all dramatically changed however in the days since a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, reducing its capital and surrounding communities to rubble.
When we started our social media efforts, we knew it would provide us with a great way to communicate with like-minded individuals interested in UNICEF’s work. It has been a wonderful channel to speak directly with our volunteers and inform the masses of the work that’s being done for the world’s children.
However, nothing could prepare us for the overwhelming response we’ve received over the past few days. The generosity of the community coming together to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti is nothing short of incredible.
From celebrities posting videos on YouTube, friends sharing articles on Facebook, and THOUSANDS of tweets, everyone online is doing their part.