At 4:53PM local time, January 12th, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Port-au-Prince region of Haiti (click for detailed USGS info). This earthquake was deemed the strongest earthquake in that region in 200 years. Death estimates have numbered as high as 100,000. An official count is practically impossible to tally considering the regional difficulties on the ground. Haiti is without question the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In even the best of times, there is wide-spread poverty. The total impact of the earthquake on this country is still unknown, yet there is without a doubt, massive destruction and despair.
What to do?
Being a civilized culture with an abundance of readily available resources, the US has quickly mobilized to provide needed assistance to the Haitians. Taking advantage of our technically savvy citizens, the Red Cross in conjunction with mGive, has set up a convenient means of donating towards Haiti relief. By simply texting the message HAITI to 90999, you are able to donate $10 to the relief fund. Simple and effective. I hope and pray that the Haitians are able to pull through this disaster. Whatever bit foreign countries can provide will hopefully go a long way towards normalizing Haitian life.