The devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January has shattered the lives of over one million people, with hundreds of thousands in need of urgent help. It is estimated that at least 50,000 people died.
The British Red Cross, as part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), has launched an appeal for those affected by the earthquake.
The Red Cross has deployed seventeen emergency response units with experts in water and sanitation, logistics, IT and telecommunications, and healthcare.
We are providing medical aid and distributing vital supplies, such as shelter kits, personal hygiene kits, blankets and containers for storing drinking water to tens of thousands of people. So far, more than 220,000 litres of water have been distributed to around 24,000 people. Latrines have been built for 1,000 people.
Aid is getting through, but more is urgently needed.
You can make a donation to either the DEC appeal which fundraises on behalf of its 13 member agencies or directly to the British Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal. You can also call our donation line on 0845 053 5353.
Please give whatever you can today.
With my heartfelt thanks
Director of fundraising
British Red Cross
P.S. There is currently a fraudulent email campaign in operation soliciting donations via Western Union money transfer for Haiti on behalf of the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross will never solicit donations via Western Union money transfer. Please ensure that you only make donations on the official British Red Cross site www.redcross.org.uk
How your donation could help
could pay for 5 mosquito nets to protect a family of 5 Donate £15 now
could pay for 3 tarpaulin sheets to help those who have had their homes destroyed Donate £30 now
could pay for hygiene kits for 3 families affected by the earthquake Donate £50 now