In response to the recent devastating Haiti disaster caused by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Haiti to its core on January 12, 2010, Google joined forces with UNICEF and CARE to assist the victims of this horrific tragedy. In addition to setting up a special Google Crisis Response page where users can donate directly to both organizations, Google pledged to donate $1 million to help several groups provide relief for the people of Haiti.
Facebook users might also have seen some interesting status changes yesterday as the Red Cross and Yele Haiti’s Earth Relief are accepting donations via SMS text messages to help victims of the Haiti crisis. An innovative way to bolster donations and support, people can text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. If $10 is too much to donate, people can also text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief. Donations will appear on monthly mobile phone bills.
Also available on Google’s Crisis Response site are post earthquake images from GeoEye via Google Earth and contact information for seven Hospitals in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The satellite images, while not terribly clear, show a tremendous amount of devastation and chaos and are a powerful glimpse into the Haiti destruction. Hopefully these disturbing images will spread awareness and spur people to make much needed donations to the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts.
Google has given the relief efforts a very generous monetary donation that will go a long way in Haiti, but this destruction is so widespread that additional donations are most definitely needed. Google deserves a pat on the back for making this information readily available to all Google users by placing a link to the Google Crisis Response on their home page right underneath the search box. Amazing visibility – here’s hoping it will lead to many donations for the hundreds of thousands Haiti people hurt or injured during this enormous earthquake.
Can you spare $10? How about $5?