Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake Emergency

Following Haiti's devastating earthquake, which damaged many hospitals and clinics, relief groups have been doing everything possible to save lives. Thanks to the Internet, they're getting people involved and keeping people informed of progress with just a few clicks.

Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres) has been extremely active, prompting Twitter users to tweet about the group's efforts and about contributing to support rescue activities. The phrase "Doctors Without" made it to Twitter's top 10 trending topics, separately from Haiti/Port-au-Prince earthquake tweets. Nearly 72,000 people are Facebook fans of Doctors Without Borders, and the social-media outpouring of comments and donation information is amazing.

The top box on YouTube features Haiti video from American Red Cross, Oxfam, and other relief groups, as well as news feeds. The American Red Cross's web site explains what the nonprofit is doing to send money and assistance to Haiti. Oxfam's web site does the same. UNICEF and its UN partners are also helping in Haiti. Pick a nonprofit and donate today.

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