How to Help Haiti [When You're Unemployed]


You want to help out in Haiti but you don’t have any money? I hear you.

Off the top of my head, here are some ideas.

  1. Get to know the history of Haiti so you can speak intelligently about the country. It’s not an island. It’s a country that shares a border with the Dominican Republic, and it sits on the island of Hispanola.
  2. Haiti is a mess, but it has a proud history and gained independence after a slave rebellion. Honestly, the earthquake just adds to the present-day misery of this island. When you know something about the history, and you share your knowledge, you can encourage people (with money) to donate.
  3. Give blood. It won’t go to Haiti, but it will go to someone in need.
  4. If you have a friend or neighbor with ties to Haiti, go spend time with that person. They’ll need your support over the next few weeks & months & maybe forever.
  5. Volunteer at an animal rescue. Haiti has many problems, including animal overpopulation. Many poor and impoverished countries can’t afford spay and neuter programs. Help locally and be part of a bigger movement to change the way animals are treated on a global scale.

Any other ideas? For those with a little cash, here’s a list of NGOs who are on the ground and can help.

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