Technology and Social Media Aid Haiti Earthquake Recovery
Technology and convenience are playing large roles in raising relief for those suffering from the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week. Many foundations are using our beloved technology to make giving easier than ever.
One of the most noteworthy and successful fundraiser is the mobile contribution. Organizations like the Red Cross and United Way are accepting donations via text. The success of these campaigns is due to their simplicity. It is reported that the Red Cross texting drive is generating $200,000/hour, totaling over $8 million so far.
To contribute $10 to the Red Cross, text HAITI to the number 90999. $5 contributions can be made to the United Way by texting HAITI to 864833. The charges will appear on your next cell phone bill.
Social media sites are making an impact with recovery and reporting since the earthquake. Facebook and Twitter have been used by survivors of the quake to communicate their safety and status with loved ones unable to communicate any other way. Similarly, blogs are being used as message boards for communication.
Facebook has launched Global Relief of Facebook, to help manage the flow of information about the earthquake and to serve as a resource for people and organizations worldwide.