To Haiti, With Love

15 Jan

In light of the terrible earthquake in Haiti, I’d like to urge everyone to do their part in donating their time to raise awareness and their money to provide supplies to those who were affected.

We’re fortunate to live in Canada, for me, Toronto specifically, because we are rarely hit with extreme weather. I would imagine that if we were plagued with tragedy, other nations of the world would be quick to come to our rescue (even amidst our current unflattering reputation).

Beyond the notion of “do unto others”, we should see ourselves as representatives of Haiti in some ways. Canada has one of the largest groups of Haitian immigrants in the world (around 100,000), our Governer General Michaëlle Jean is a Hatian immigrant, and there are still Canadians living and working in Haiti.

Here is a list of organizations and their websites that are currently accepting donations (all organizations hyperlinked):

Canadian Red Cross

UNICEF Canada

Salvation Army (can donate via text message “HAITI” to 45678)

Yele Haiti (can donate via text message “YELE” to 501501)

Doctors Without Borders

World Vision

Oxfam Canada

Partners In Health

Direct Relief International

The Humanitarian Coalition

Artists For Peace

International Medical Corps

Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Plan Canada

Mennonite Central Committee

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

Combined Jewish Appeal of Montreal

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