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01-15-2010, 11:54 AM #1
iPhone Among Tools Helping Haiti Earthquake Victims
As one of the worst natural disasters recorded in human history and likely the most cataclysmic documented in the digital age, the victims left in the wake of the January 12th earthquake that reduced Haiti to rubble are receiving financial aid from around the world, much of which has been made possible via the power of smartphones like the iPhone and social networking platforms.
From The New York Times:
Old-fashioned television telethons can stretch on for hours. But the latest charity appeal is short enough for Twitter: "Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to @RedCross relief." In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, many Americans are reaching for their cellphones to make a donation via text message. And plenty of them are then spreading the word to others on sites like Twitter and Facebook.
"There is an enormous outpouring for this effort," said Wendy Harman, social media manager at the Red Cross. "It's such an easy way to give and pass around through social sites on the Web." The mobile donations are part of a larger surge of money flowing to the relief effort. The Red Cross said it had collected nearly $35 million as of Thursday night, surpassing the amounts it received in the same time period after Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
The Red Cross expects that donations made through more established channels - writing a check or on the Web - will still far outweigh text-message giving. But the cellphone campaign may be reaching people who might not otherwise have made the effort to get involved.
To get involved or help in the fundraising efforts, please visit the Red Cross website for more information.
01-15-2010, 11:59 AM #2
i did that today. at least it going for a good cause.
01-15-2010, 12:02 PM #3
so, what if i send 100 messages?
01-15-2010, 12:02 PM #4
Unfortunately Haiti has the most government corruption and is the poorest country in the world. They receive billions of dollars annually for relief funds and still most family survive on only $2 a day. It is horrible that most of the money sent over for relief now will probably be stolen by government officials. You might find this interesting: Haiti: Where will all the money go?
01-15-2010, 12:14 PM #5
well... good thing helping those in need but taking it away from them... props to rebuild the presidents palace
01-15-2010, 12:52 PM #6
I wish America responded like this to our own internal problems.
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01-15-2010, 09:53 PM #10Crappy Title
Yea it's accurate to say that "iphone" among tools to help Haiti relief, but it's a bit "sensationlist."
ANY phone is used as a tool to text. The title makes it sound like some special app the iphone has helped in the relief.
01-15-2010, 09:54 PM #11
01-16-2010, 12:27 AM #12
".....As one of the worst natural disasters recorded in human history......"
.....so..nobody has heard of the Flood?......Noahs Ark?....none of that?.....ya know...world disaster....
im all for helping out. but not just to make myself feel better. or make myself LOOK better to everyone else.killall Terminal
01-16-2010, 05:21 AM #13
I just donated $30 via Red Cross. Not much I know, but it all helps (if it even gets to the victims anyways... )
It doesn't matter if it's the biggest or the smallest, people have died. I have never experienced any form of disaster per se, so I consider myself lucky. These donations will at least help finding and helping survivors, as well as rebuilding everything.
01-16-2010, 10:10 AM #14
WOW, Haitian government gets $800 million from 2004 - 2008 and the people living there are more poor than some of our homeless here in the states.
Sorry but count me in the cynical boat here. All this money ("relief aid") won't see it down to those people that need it most. The corruption there is terrible."To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
01-16-2010, 08:37 PM #15
01-16-2010, 08:54 PM #16
So's every other phone that can send sms....
01-16-2010, 09:44 PM #17
01-17-2010, 11:22 AM #18
Please just help regardless of your suspicions about what happened in the past and the Government situation. Let's trust that the Red Cross etc. will do the right thing in a disaster of this magnitude and the money will get to the people.
Please text "Haiti" to 90999. Doing so will automatically donate $10 for Haitian rescue and recover efforts and will be billed on your bill.
Thanks in advance to the Modmyi.com community
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