In 2008, Haiti lost at least 800 people to a series of hurricanes -- Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike -- and now, the impoverished nation is suffering after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, and several strong aftershocks. Hundreds are dead, and thousands more feared dead. The capital, Port-au-Prince, is devastated.
There are several reputable charities pledging support. If you want to donate to Haitian earthquake relief, these disaster relief organizations are all four-star rated charities by Charity Navigator. They're listed in order by size, from largest to smallest.
The American Red Cross, which is almost three-times bigger than the next-biggest charity listed here, is providing support to Haitians affected by the earthquake. It is, however, rated as a three-star charity by Charity Navigator -- which means it "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its cause." The four-star charities listed below "exceed industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause."
Food for the Poor is providing emergency relief to earthquake victims.
World Vision is distributing relief supplies including food, clean water, blankets and tents to children and families impacted by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.
Care is sending helping to rescue people from the rubble, and providing food and water.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is providing immediate support, even though its own offices in Port-au-Prince were devastated by the earthquake. At this writing, the UNICEF USA donation page is down, though.
Samaritan's Purse dispatched a team just hours after the quake to help with water, shelter, medical care and other emergency needs. We will focus on medical help, shelter, clean water and hygiene supplies.
Global Giving has launched an emergency earthquake relief fund that will provide emergency assistance.
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