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15 January 2010

re: Earthquake in Haiti

Here is a list of relief organizations, along with phone numbers and links to online donation pages:
Globe and Mail: How you can help those in Haiti

Sadly, there are many areas of the world where relief is needed:
Relief Web: countries and emergencies

Because of the nature of the crisis, there may be a larger number of donations than usual with regards to the earthquake; please specify "greatest need" on your donation. It's very likely that your donation will go towards helping those in Haiti. However, in the case where there is a surplus (wouldn't that be wonderful?), any amounts labelled "greatest need" can be moved to areas that have not received the same amount of press.

But having said that, please note this announcement from the Canadian Federal government:

The federal government is earmarking up to $50 million to match Canadians' donations of up to $100,000 to charities aiding relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The donations must meet the following requirements:

* Made by an individual Canadian.
* Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.
* Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake.
* Made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

The Canadian International Development Agency has more information on Canada's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

- CBC: Haitian contacts, relief efforts