320px|right|ITN News reports on Haiti EarthquakeA devastating earthquake measured 7.0 has hit the Island of Haiti, virtually destroying the densely populated capital Port-Au-Prince, leaving an estimated 50,000 - 100,000 dead and an estimated 3 million people, one third of all inhabitants of the country, affected by the loss of their homes, lives and loved ones. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and there is great danger that those who survived the initial quake and after shocks will now be subject to starvation, diseases and unclean water that are common after a major disaster of this type.
They need your help. Desperately.
We don't normally get involved with things like this, but with a disaster so widespread and sudden as the one in Haiti, we felt we should at least try and sign post our users to the places they can get involved to try and help, in whatever way they can, to ease the suffering of the people of Haiti.
We have included a news report from ITN News on the situation, but please be aware there are scenes that some people may find upsetting.
From all at Lostpedia, please, if you can help, even if its just $1/£1/€1, please do. Every little goes towards saving the lives of thousands of those less fortunate than ourselves. If every member of LP donated an average of $10 over $18,000,000 would be raised to help, so as you can see, every single cent and penny counts. Thank you.
thumb|280px|rightIn the USA there are several ways to donate towards helping in Haiti.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross donation page is here. Please be sure to select "Haiti Relief and Development". A $10 minimum is required here.
Save The Children
Save The Children are accepting donations without any minimum donation required. Please click here to visit their donation page. You can use PayPal, AmazonPayments, Google Checkout, or your credit card.
Via SMS Message
The American Red Cross have set up a text donation line. By texting HAITI to 90999, $10 will come directly from your cell phone bill and donated to Haiti relief efforts.
Google Crisis Response
Google have launched a Crisis Response page listing organizations you can donate to using Google Checkout, including UNICEF and CARE, as well as other organizations via the web and text messaging. Google are also providing free calls to Haiti via Google Voice to help US citizens get in touch with loved ones in Haiti.
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have started a fund to support the Haiti relief. Both [Bush & Clinton] have personally witnessed the tremendous generosity and goodwill of the American people and of our friends around the world to help in times of great need. There is no greater rallying cry for our common humanity than witnessing our neighbors in distress. And, like any good neighbor, we have an obligation and desire to come to their aid. Click here to see the donation page.
World Vision Canada has set up a web page for Canadians to donate to the Haitian cause. Please visit it here, a $10 minimum donation is required.
Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross has a news page listing all the ways you can donate to them to help Haiti, including banks that are accepting donations and an online form. Please visit them here for more information.
Canadian Matched Donations
The Canadian Government will be matching the donations of the Canadian people to help build the charitable fund to $100,000,000, with some caveats.
- Maximum match donation of $100,000 per single donation
To count towards the matched donations, the donations must be :
- made by an individual Canadian;
- made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the January 12 Haiti earthquake;
- specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake; and,
- made between January 12 and February 12, 2010.
The government will not match donations made by corporations, governments, businesses, partnerships, schools, incorporated or non-incorporated entities, or unions from their existing resources that were not raised from individuals specifically in response to the earthquake. However, amounts raised from fundraising events undertaken to raise money from individuals in response to the earthquake are eligible, and this fundraising may be undertaken by schools, faith-based organizations, clubs, social groups, businesses, incorporated entities, or charitable organizations.
thumb|280px|rightThe best way to donate in the UK is via the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of humanitarian charities including Oxfam, World Vision, ActionAid, Help The Aged, Save The Children UK and The British Red Cross. There are several ways to donate
Visit the DEC's donation page here to donate via a debit or credit card.
Call the DEC on 0370 60 60 900
Text “GIVE” to 70077 to donate £5 to the DEC for the Haiti earthquake appeal. £5 goes to DEC. You pay £5 your standard network SMS rate. The donation is deducted from your phone bill.
You can donate using your CAF card via this website.
Please send a cheque made payable to DEC HAITI EARTHQUAKE and send it to DEC HAITI EARTHQUAKE, PO BOX 999, LONDON, EC3A 3AA. Download the donate by post form and send it to the above address.
Via Bank or Post Office
You can donate cash by going to any high street bank or post office and quoting Freepay 1449.
The Salvation Army has been helping with the relief effort in Haiti. Four Salvation Army territories have already offered financial assistance but this is only the beginning. More offers of support will be gratefully received. International Emergency Services personnel at IHQ are on standby, ready to take action as soon as there is a clearer picture of what level of support is needed. Please click here to visit their donation page.
Users of Symantec Connect can redeem their reward points to United Way, and the value of those points goes to the United Way Worldwide Disasters Relief Fund. Symantec will match your rewards donation. You can redeem your points here.