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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Aid to Haiti Desperately Needed

by Efrén Paredes, Jr.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the largest earthquake in more than a century devastated the nation of Haiti. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Latest reports from Haiti are that streets are lined with dead bodies, people are in desperate need of clean water, electricity, and medical supplies. Most hospitals, schools, roads, and homes have been transformed into piles of rubble. Undoubtedly the scale of the relief effort necessary will be one of the largest in recent history.

It is likely that more people could die form the aftermath of the earthquake than from the tremor itself. This painful reality has drawn support from countries and aid organizations from around the globe. It has already been reported that Dengue fever, Malaria, Measles, Typhoid and Meningitis are on the rise throughout areas that have been ravaged by the calamity.

Please consider making private donations which are critical to the relief effort. The lives of millions of people are depending on donations for immediate needs and the organizations contributing to the relief effort you can assist are:

The American Red Cross. People can contribute online at: or make a $10 donation by sending a text message with the word "Haiti" to 90999.

The United Nations World Food Program. Donations can be made online at:

Action Against Hunger. You can give on line at:

Project Hope. Provides medical supplies and health care services. You can donate online at:

Join me and others to help make a difference.