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hope for haiti

January 14, 2010

The shock of natural disasters is always overwhelming, but I seem to forget the increasing horror that results in the days that follow. This week, I’ve caught myself repeatedly glancing up at CNN at work and seeing the Port-au-Prince death estimates continue to tick.

A truly remarkable thing that we are witnessing, though, is the outpouring of support via new media – the Red Cross got over $5 million in donations through texting in just two days. Amazing. Families have linked up over websites. Friends have recommended reliable disaster relief organizations over Facebook and Twitter.

It’s pretty incredible that we were able to text disaster aid to an entire country over nearly 2000 miles away in just two days.

I know hearts are always big in the middle of disaster…the need is bigger. But I hope this new style of charity continues…for long term investment in countries like Haiti. I read somewhere today, I think it was on Twitter, this comment: “People asking, why wasn’t Haiti prepared? Under “normal” circumstances, Haiti prepares to survive every day…”

My relief pick is HOPE International. HOPE is collecting relief and development funds for short-term and longer-term development projects.

Donate here. Then follow your delivery of the aid on Twitter: @HOPEtweets

{image from Sochor photoblog}

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Stephen M. permalink
    January 15, 2010 8:14 pm

    Social media has played an integral role unlike ever before. Two blogs I follow offer some observations and critique that I found interesting.

    Nathaniel Whittemore over at change.org’s Social Entrepreneurship blog
    points out that:
    1. Social Media Makes It Easy For People To Be As Generous As They Naturally Are.
    2. Crowdsourcing Works Best When It’s Well Coordinated.
    3. The Social Technology Folks at The Department Of State May Be The Government Partner We’ve Been Waiting For.

    (http://socialentrepreneurship.change.org/blog/view/social_media_for_social_change_lessons_from_haiti)

    And Philanthropy 2173 reminds us how quickly we forget about humanitarian efforts with social media giving us the opportunity to give immediately and forget just as fast.

    (http://philanthropy.blogspot.com/2010/01/disaster-donations-in-age-of-disruption.html)

    Social media platforms will continue to bring us closer to those most at risk. Philanthropists, Social Media Consultants, and PR folks will examine the public response to Haiti as a precedent for future efforts.

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