Haiti: One Year Later, How To Help

A funeral service was held in the ruins of Port-au-Prince Cathedral this morning to remember the 230,000 people killed in the earthquake that devastated Haiti exactly one year ago. The Haitian people have withstood what was named one of the worst natural disasters of our time, a government in turmoil, and an unexpected chlorea outbreak which had claimed over 3,500 by the end of December. Experts estimate that 400,000 Haitians may get cholera over the next year. With all this going on, still the spirit of the country has not been broken; they’ve chosen not to run, but to rebuild. 

A year later, people are still actively organizing to help a country in need. All the organizations below, as reported by MSNBC, are dedicating a portion of their budget and time to Haiti relief. Even with all the global support that has rushed in, it is nowhere near enough. Contact any of the below and see how you can help make a difference for Haiti in 2011.

Accion International 617-625-7080
Action Against Hunger 877-777-1420
American Friends Service Committee 215-241-7000
American Jewish World Service 212-792-2900
American Red Cross 800-733-2767
American Refugee Committee 612-872-7060
Brother’s Brother Foundation 412-321-3160
CARE 800-521-2273
Catholic Relief Services 800-736-3467
ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund) 800-776-6767
Children Incorporated 800-538-5381
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 800-225-0292
Church World Service 800-297-1516
Compassion International 800-336-7676
Doctors Without Borders – USA 888-392-0392
Food for the Hungry 800-248-6437
Freedom from Hunger 800-708-2555
Gifts in Kind International 703-299-7532
Habitat for Humanity International – N.O. 800-422-4828
Heifer Project International 800-422-0474
International Medical Corps 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee 877-733-8433
Lutheran World Relief 800-597-5972
Medical Teams International 800-959-4325
Mennonite Central Committee 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps 888-256-1900
Operation USA 800-678-7255
Oxfam-America 800-776-9326
Partners in Health 617-432-5298
Plan USA 800-556-7918
Project Concern International 858-279-9690
Salvation Army 800-725-2769
Save the Children 800-728-3843
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) 800-554-8583
William J. Clinton Foundation 501-748-0471
World Concern (Program of Crista Ministries) 800-755-5022
World Neighbors 800-242-6387
World Vision 888-511-6548

Image via NYTimes.com’s comprehensive Haiti Earthquake Multimedia section.

The Zit List | 01.15.10

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Welcome to the Zit List, where we tell you exactly what to think about events, people, and things that happened this week.

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Staying Up Late
With the announcement that NBC might opt to give The Tonight Show back to Jay Leno, pushing current host Conan O’Brien back to a post-midnight time slot, the late-night world erupted in support for O’Brien. The scandal has made late night more thrilling than it has been in years; now if only the shows themselves were as interesting.
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Earthquake in Haiti

A horrific earthquake in Haiti has left hundreds of thousands displaced, deceased, or wounded. There’s nothing else to say about it that hasn’t alreay been said, but here’s something that bears repeating: text “Haiti” to 90999 to add a $10 Red Cross donation to your phone bill, or explore other charities putting your donations to good use here.
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Worst Face Forward?
After appearing on the cover of People magazine after undergoing 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day, Heidi Montag and her new look are all some tabloids and media outlets can talk about. The latest: the plastic surgeon who sculpted her new face is facing malpractice charges. Given everything else that’s going on in the world, we’re supposed to care about this why?
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Swine and Moan
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 20% of Americans are currently vaccinated against H1N1, also fondly known as the swine flu. Given that the vaccine only emerged in October and in limited supply, officials are saying these figures are successful. If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, you may find it easier to get one now that the initial rush is over. Here’s hoping for an uneventful flu season!
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