I received this email from a fellow Silicon Valley Moms Group blogger (a dad blogger). He is a doctor and has assembled a group that wants to provide relief services to Haiti but needs transport. Please pass word on and notify me at techmamas(at)gmail(dot)com if you or you know someone that can provide this amazing group transport to Haiti to provide relief support. Here is the information from the email:
"Enoch Choi (http://twitter.com/enochchoi) will lead a group of local physicians, nurses and support personnel to bring critically needed medical supplies to provide emergency medical care in a mobile outpatient clinic in Haiti. If direct transport into Haiti is possible, the team will distribute basic life support supplies (water purification, hygiene) and other locally collected health related items (tylenol, ibuprofen, nasal saline). The difficulty currently is the lack of transport for anything other than emergency medical personnel into Haiti through the Dominican Republic. This relief effort is significantly different from the large organizations in that:
- 100% of funds collected will be used to provide direct medical care without regard to patients' background, along with Christian prayer offered on an opt-in basis
- medical personnel will deploy for as short as 1 week assignments- as an outpatient clinic, it is more mobile than the hospital based inpatient services
- operations will benefit from local technology donors to demonstrate appropriate use of mobile, green, cleantech approaches to disaster medical relief"
There has been lots of different ways the blogosphere has been contributing to Haiti Disaster Relief. I mentioned some of my last post about using tech to support the Haiti Earthquake relief effort.
Tonight I am happy to join in on the effort organized by Jim Turner of One by One Media. It is callled the Haitian Assistance Relief Telethon (the hash tag #Hart). Here is the description from the website: “24 Hour Internet RadioAthon, 6:00 PM PST Sunday, Jan. 17th to 6:00 PM Monday, Jan 18th – Anchored by wsRadio Host Jim Turner.”
The company that will be helping host is WhatGives.com . The show will be on WSRadio.com and livestreaming on Ustream.com. The Twitter hashtag is .
I will be joining as a guest on the show tonight (Sunday Jan. 17) from 8pm – 9pm pst. Join us this Sunday January 17 and help use the power of social media to aid the people of Haiti. We need your help! Click HERE for more information on the Haitan Assistance Relief Telethon.
The people of Haiti have been in my thoughts and prayers as I find out more and more about the devastating earthquake. Here is information from a mom blogger friend who shared what she heard from a dear friend of hers with family in Haiti:
Port-au-Prince has been flattened. The major landmark buildings that we all thought would survive anything and that have survived everything previously (including the 4 hurricanes last year) are all largely destroyed. The National Palace is down. The national cathedral is down. The national penitentiary is down, and the 3,000+ most hardened
criminals in Haiti who were being housed there have taken to the streets.
I am happy to see once again social media being used for good. The Wall Street Journal article summed it up in their article “Tech Lends a Hand in Haiti“. That article lists some of the main sites collecting funds for disaster relief. Tonight the Clever Girls Collective did a Twitter party for Haiti relief. PC World posted that Google Earth revealed the devastation in Haiti, Google Earth has a web page that also summarizes Disaster Relief. Here is information from that page on ways to text donations:
The following organizations are accepting SMS donations in the US only-
- SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
- SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
Here is the image from Google Earth. Thinking good thoughts of safety and quick relief for the people of Haiti: