The usual posts about hair, makeup and fashion will come later — right now my heart aches for Haiti. The already-suffering island nation was just hit with a 7.0 earthquake. A hospital has collapsed. Government buildings have been severely damaged. There was a major tsunami watch, earlier. Reports of major devastation are just starting to pour in via the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti, and anyone with friends or family in Haiti right now.
When you witness something like this, it can make you feel helpless. But you CAN help. By donating to charities that are directly involved in relief efforts.

Click here to donate to UNICEF’s relief efforts.

Click here to donate to Wyclef’s charity, Yele Haiti.

Click here to donate to the Red Cross.

If you know of a Haitian charity specifically working towards these urgent relief efforts, please add it to the comments. And if you can, please give to our Caribbean brothers and sisters in need. If you can’t, then send your thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti in the face of this catastrophe.


Yasmin says:
January 12, 2010, 9:03 pm
So glad you posted this Afrobella! We could all do a little to help! :)
Starchild says:
January 12, 2010, 9:05 pm
Thank you for sharing this. I'm passing it along to others.
Spinster says:
January 12, 2010, 9:14 pm
http://bit.ly/6Ylnun From @theporscheofoz.
Pamangel says:
January 12, 2010, 10:05 pm
Thank you and everyone so much for posting these websites for donations. Please pray our Haitian brothers and sisters. Pam
TraceyJoy76 says:
January 12, 2010, 9:09 pm
Thank you for posting this dear. The effort to help this island country will be very great. Like Starchild said I'll be passing this along as well.
bella says:
January 12, 2010, 9:11 pm
Other charities I'm hearing about through Twitter: The International Red Cross in Haiti Americares the Lambi Fund of Haiti I will add more as soon as I hear about them.
Nina says:
January 13, 2010, 12:06 am
Thanks Bella I was wondering where to look for donations and knew you would be already on the case!
MissWhoever You Are says:
January 13, 2010, 12:59 am
I'm hearing from friends who have called my family from Haiti that it's primarily the city of Port au Prince that has seen devastation. If they live far from the capital (north of Port au Prince), try not to worry. Also at the moment there is one phone company in Haiti that is working and it is Haitel. It'll take time for the rest to get back up. Prayers go out to the people of Haiti...stay strong. I've been praying all afternoon for my family and thank God they're ok.
Kami says:
January 13, 2010, 3:08 am
Thank you so much for posting this Bella. We have been completely devastated by this earthquake however I have faith that we will rise from this. Edeyo! Help Them! Priye Pou Nou! Pray For Us!
BK says:
January 13, 2010, 7:30 am
Bella.. I'm going to send you an email with a list of charities I received from my local Caribbean Association. Too many to link in the comments.. I pray for my haitian brethren and their families.
savvybrown says:
January 13, 2010, 11:02 am
Thank you so much for showing us how we can help!
Tamiko says:
January 13, 2010, 11:54 am
Dr. Paul Farmer's organization, Partners in Health, has been working diligently in Haiti for over 20 years. Please consider supporting their relief efforts. www.pih.org
Patrick Yursik says:
January 13, 2010, 1:28 pm
Compassion International Disaster Relief - $35 will help one family receive emergency supplies of food and clean water for about one week! https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm?referer=105120SocialSponsorshipBlitz
forrest says:
January 13, 2010, 2:36 pm
direct link to Partners in Health's quake relief: https://donate.pih.org/page/contribute/haiti_earthquake?source=earthquake&subsource=homepage
Denise says:
January 13, 2010, 3:03 pm
www.HaitiAction.net {The second PayPal link works. I heard about them this morning on NPR's democracy Now, so I believe it's reputable.}
BK says:
January 13, 2010, 3:09 pm
Direct Link to Doctors without Borders http://bit.ly/7CQtMC
Kristine brite says:
January 13, 2010, 1:28 pm
http://glahaiti.org/ Helps premature/abandoned babies. Their director was on the Today Show this morning. The babies slept in the street last night.
Sannatti says:
January 13, 2010, 5:43 pm
The devastation from this earthquake is incredible, and exacerbates living conditions for our already vulnerable Caribbean brothers & sisters in Haiti. This is a link for about 15 International and Caribbean Organisations that are credible to make donations to online, by text or to drop off in-kind donations http://tinyurl.com/yfth9rk For Caribbean readers Digicel & One Caribbean Media (OCM) is having a radiothon *HELP HAITI NOW* on Saturday Feb 16th to raise funds beginning at 8:00 a.m. OCM radio stations in T'n'T, Grenada, St. Lucia & Barbados will be participating. Please donate.
trelawny12 says:
January 13, 2010, 8:28 pm
Why should we care? 1) As human beings we have a responsibility to one another; 2)Let us remember that in 1791 Haiti paved the way for all of us enslaved beings to be free. She showed us that freedom was possible within our lifetime. For that, we owe her a great amount of gratitude. What better way to say thank you than to help her in her time of need.
HaitianRoots says:
January 14, 2010, 10:52 am
If you are looking for a place to donate. Please send contributions to the Haitian Crisis Relief Fund at Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti (1227 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202) or go to www.haitiancongress.org to donate. Thank you.
January 14, 2010, 11:03 am
I weep for you Haiti !!
pets says:
January 14, 2010, 7:01 pm
It is devasting to hear about has happened to Haiti - their continued suffering through hurricanes, lack of money and food and now this just stacks so much misery on these Caribbean people. Here in Trinidad and Tobago our Government as well as the local arm of Red Cross and many private citizens have been rallying the collection of foodstuffs and other necessary supplies such as medicines and clothes - appeals have been made via the media and email. Our prayers go out to them. Thank you for posting on such an important issue.
P. Series Stylist says:
January 20, 2010, 11:19 pm
I pray for healing for Haiti. Everything and everybody can help somehow someway. http://www.pseriesstylist.com/
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