For all the international aid efforts to rebuild Haiti, earthquake victims in the impoverished Caribbean nation have yet to completely recover from the January 2010 disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than a million others. CNN identifies five ways how ordinary citizens can help Haiti, especially now that the country is also in the midst of a cholera epidemic and political deadlock due to November’s disputed presidential polls.
Donate money to relief organizations working in Haiti. These organizations have made it easy to send financial contributions online and through text messages, phone or mail.
Create personal hygiene kits.Some groups allow individual donors to actively participate in the relief work for Haitian victims. Heart to Heart International, for one, lets individual donors make personal hygiene kits that will be sent to Haiti.
Volunteer.Aid groups offer volunteer opportunities for those who want to contribute to relief efforts in the field. Doctors Without Borders is seeking medical aid volunteers. MedShare also offers volunteer opportunities for nonmedical aid workers in the U.S.
Spread the word.Use social networking sites to increase awareness on organizations that help Haitians. J/P Haitian Relief Organization, founded by actor and humanitarian activist Sean Penn, even has instructions on how people can set up their own fundraising page to mobilize funding for the organization.
Support infrastructure rehabilitation.Since a million Haitians still have no homes a year after the devastating earthquake, supporting organizations that work to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, such as Habitat for Humanity, would be helpful.