BEST WAY TO SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HAITI'S
& ONGOING CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
Updated May 2012
In January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake
hit Haiti, collapsing buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The earthquake caused more than two hundred thousand deaths, thousands
of injuries, and left more than a million people homeless. An
outbreak of cholera hit the vulnerable population in October 2010,
and more than 7,000 Haitians have lost their lives to the disease
Cholera bacteria have contaminated
the water sources millions of Haitians rely on for survival. Heavy
rains in the spring and tropical storms in the summer are expected
to trigger spikes in cholera cases and related deaths. The Pan American Health Organization
anticipates 200,000 to 250,000 more Haitians may become sick with
cholera this year. Relief organizations hope to mitigate the outbreak
by providing increased health services, access to clean water,
sanitation and education about the deadly disease.
CharityWatch announces its top-rated
list of charities involved in continuing Haitian relief efforts
following the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic.
CharityWatch, a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade
(A+ to F) ratings of nonprofit groups, identifies the following
charities which are providing aid to the victims. Each of the
groups listed below receives an A or B
grade based on the portion of their budgets going to program services
and their fundraising efficiency. Contact the organizations directly
for information on the specific types of relief work they are
conducting in Haiti.
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Top-rated charities perform favorably
in relation to CharityWatch benchmarks:
1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program
2) A charity should spend no more than $25 to raise $100.
Contact your favorite charities to
find out if they provide the specific types of aid that you would
like to fund, e.g., emergency relief, health care, infrastructure
development, education, etc.
As always, exercise precaution
when donating online. To ensure that the website is legitimate,
verify that the organization's website address is the exact
same address that is displayed in your browser's address bar.
Even the slightest variation (such as the use of underscores
instead of dashes between words) may indicate an imposter.
If there is any doubt, call the charity to confirm the correct
website address. It is best to manually type in the organization's
website address in the address bar because simply clicking
a link in an email or on an unfamiliar website may take you
to a fraudulent website.
Look for a padlock icon (your browser
may use another symbol) on the bottom right hand corner of
your screen to determine whether a site is secure for credit
card donations. If there is any concern about the site's legitimacy
or security, call the charity. Some charities may use an outside
Internet credit card vendor to process credit card donations.
Again, the donor should verify this before contributing online.
SEND A CHECK,
The best way to help is by sending a check. Cash donations enable
charities to buy the most needed type of food, medicine, clothing,
shelter materials and other supplies. By buying relief products
locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and
more rapidly deliver assistance. Before sending any goods, first
contact the charity to find out if they are appropriate and if
it will be cost effective to distribute them. For example, after
the 2004 Asian tsunami, boxes of donated winter coats, scarves
and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami stricken nations
with tropical climates, were sent to these nations.
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