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Helping Haiti

Give to eligible charities and the government will match your dollars. Here are some options.

Tyee Staff and Contributors 18 Jan

The Tyee thanks Tides Canada for information in this article.

The Canadian federal government has announced that it will match contributions made by individuals (to a maximum of $100,000 per single donation) to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake, up to a total of $50 million. The money contributed would be managed through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, run by the Canadian International Development Agency. 

The donations must meet the following requirements:

Made by an individual Canadian.

Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.

Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake.

Made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

A list of eligible Canadian charities is provided below, however you can also contact other charities not listed to inquire about their participation and eligibility.

For further information on the matching program offered by the Government of Canada please visit the Canadian International Development Agency.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. Donations can be earmarked to the Haiti Earthquake fund. Canadians who wish to give may donate online, by calling toll-free 1.800.418.1111 or by visiting any Red Cross office.

Medicins sans Frontieres MSF has been working to establish field hospitals in affected areas throughout Haiti. Help by donating online to support MSF's emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

UNICEF Canada UNICEF field staffers are on the ground helping to save the tens of thousands of children who are injured, thirsty, and separated from their families. UNICEF Canada has already released funds to help with emergency efforts but more help is urgently needed as the situation is critical. To support UNICEF's efforts, you can donate online or call 1.800.567.4483.

World Vision Canada

World Vision has been working in Haiti for over 30 years, helping an estimated 300,000 Haitians each year to overcome poverty through providing access to education, improved access to food and clean water and improved nutrition, as well as helping families with improved medical care. Help by donating online.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has activated its Text to Donate program in support of the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. Canadians can make a five dollar donation to The Salvation Army's efforts in Haiti by texting the word HAITI to 45678 from any Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility phone. Donations can also be made online or by calling 1.800.SAL.ARMY (725.2769).

The Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition is a network of Canadian NGOs dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. Currently the coalition consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada. Help by donating online.

Plan Canada

Plan Haiti director Rezene Tesfamariam says the devastation in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince is "unimaginable." You can text HAITI to 30333 to donate five dollars support Plan Canada's emergency relief efforts or help by donating online.  [Tyee]

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