I’m almost back to a normal blog posting schedule after being in Canada for the past couple of days. While I wasn’t on a digital cleanse it did feel that way at some times. In Canada I did have my laptop but wasn’t always able to use it because I didn’t know the wifi passwords of where I was. It’s a pretty common issue whether a person is in a different country or city, it’s not always easy to get password information. Because of that I used my iPhone a lot more to get my news and information. And that was fine until my network on my iPhone stopped working—but because I was traveling the day my network stopped working I thought wasn’t going to be a big deal because I was flying. Unfortunately I had no idea what was going on in Haiti until I was walking through LGA very late the night the earthquake hit.
The images coming from Haiti are devastating, the photos above are from a screen shot of Daylife’s photo feed. What else is there to say? The news coming out is that there’s wide spread damage and it’s a miserable place to be. What people can do (which I find fascinating) is make a simple and easy donation of ten dollars via txt message to 90999 with the word “Haiti” to the Red Cross. I realize that txt messaging donations aren’t new, but the fact that over $3 million dollars has been raised so quickly that might not otherwise have been given is really phenomenal. It’s a feature that all non profits should consider when they are looking for donations.
If you’re interested in understanding other ways that people are trying to pass along info, there’s a good collection of ideas with this post for Ideas Using Tech to Improve Haiti Relief Efforts on Ground Report.