January 14, 2010

How To Help Haiti

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Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12th, Haiti experienced what is being called ‘the big one’ — an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude and the many aftershocks.

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Normally, this would have been something that touched me on a human level and I would have done what I could to help on that level.  This time, though, I have a personal connection.  In my life outside of this website, in addition to being a mom and wife, I am a lawyer  (shh, don’t tell anyone).  In itself that’s not all that important.  What is important is that I am working with an amazing client who has started a Non-Profit to benefit the people of Haiti.

Global Family Philanthropy (GFP) has been in the making for years, but it was a few months ago that Lori Goldberg called me and asked me to help her make her and her husband’s vision a reality.  In that moment, GFP started on the path to educating people about the plight of the Haitian people.

In just a few months, GFP has provided countless orphaned children with the basic necessities of food, clean water and proper clothing.  Yesterday, the needs of the Haitian people changed.  Their capital of Port au Prince was devastated.  It is estimated that over a hundred thousand people will have perished and many more injured.

There are many fantastic organizations out there helping and offering support.  Global Family Philanthropy is a small organization but has people on site in cities outside Port au Prince who are trying to help citizens of Haiti on a local basis.  There is no overhead and all the money donated goes directly to relief efforts.  Global Family Philanthropy works in partnership with EDUplus, a non-profit started by Paige Orlowski to provide education and work opportunities to young adults in Haiti.  They need your help now.

If you would like to donate and know that your money is going to do what you desire — helping people and not paying for administrative fees — please consider that a $5 donation will provide significant relief in this time of chaos and devastation, so please DONATE NOW.

If you would rather donate to another, more established, organization I suggest Doctors Without Borders.  Regardless of where you donate, make sure it is legitimate.  With every disaster the scammers come out and hundreds of thousands of dollars never get to the intended parties.  Be diligent!

If you have any questions, please comment below or send me an email at savingforsomeday (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you for your support!

Sara

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