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Haiti: How Greenies Can Help
1. Donate your old laptop.
In the aftermath of the disaster, humanitarian relief organization World Concern searched the rubble of its five offices in Haiti for survivors. Of the 120 staff members, about 80 have been accounted for. While the group is undergoing its personal loss, it is still set on providing blankets, plastic sheeting and emergency supplies of water to the victims of the earthquake.
Seattle-based InterConnection.org is now working with World Concern to start the rebuilding process by sending refurbished laptops to the organization in Haiti. InterConnection will take your working Pentium 3 or 4 laptop, wipe its hard drive, equip it with French Microsoft Windows and Office and ship it to the the communication hubs in Haiti.
” Imagine the loss of computers in this disaster. Schools, hospitals, NGOs would all have lost hard drives and laptops. They have no resources to replace these items,” said World Concern spokesperson Susan Talbot. “We work with orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. We have five offices around Haiti having sustained unknown amounts of damage. Our capacity to respond to disasters relies on our capacity to communicate not only with each other but with donors and funders, sharing beneficiary stories.”
“The bottom line is that this is super easy. Anyone can fill out an online form, and we’ll pay your shipping costs. Our goal is to get at least 100 laptops to Haiti.” InterConnection Director Charles Brennick told Earth911. “Laptops make more sense in this situation [as compared to desktops] because, in Haiti, there isn’t a reliable power source, and there are a lot of mobility issues.”
2. Give shelter in a box.
With more than 3 million living in makeshift shelters among the destruction, U.K. based ShelterBox is moving quickly to provide temporary refuge by literally distributing shelter in a box.
Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
The cost of a box is 490 British pounds (about $800). This includes direct delivery and a unique number so donors can track their contributions. So far, the organization has already sent out more than 700 boxes.
“Our team around the world are doing all they can to ensure aid reaches the people of Haiti as soon as possible. With each day the need grows and we’re doing all we can to get help to the thousands of families affected by this tragedy,” said Founder Tom Henderson.
“The response from our volunteers and supporters has once again been sensational. We can’t do this without the public’s compassion and generosity. If you can help us, even in the smallest way, then please do.”