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AMC News at Sundance – How the Stars Are Helping Haiti (and How You Can Help, Too)


While many would agree with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg who told us about the Hope for Haiti fundraising efforts that this is when Hollywood shines, Alicia Keys, Madonna, and George Clooney aren’t the only celebrities working on Haiti’s behalf. Actors and filmmakers at Sundance are bringing their star power to the cause as well. Musician/director John Legend (Waiting for Superman) participated in the telethon, only flying directly to the festival afterwards while Ben Affleck, Dakota Fanning and Jared Leto (who spent some time in Haiti as a kid) all shared their concern about the tragedy. To find out how they’re pitching in, tune into our AMC News Special: 10 Stories of Sundance this Friday night at 11 PM | 10C. To find out how you can help today, watch this video explaining how you can put your cell phone to use, then check out the list of relief agencies, and charitable organizations below.

(The editors at TakePart have assembled this list of non-governmental organizations working to stabilize the earthquake zone in Haiti. That said, AMC News encourages anyone unfamiliar with an organization to consult Charity Navigator or GuideStar before donating.)

Haitian Education and Leadership Program: To make a donation in support of HELP’s relief efforts, visit their webpage at, or click here.

Center for International Disaster Information: The State Department is encouraging those with private offers of assistance to contact CIDI, which coordinates with the United States Agency for International Development. Learn more here

Partners in Health: PIH and its Haitian partner organization Zanmi Lasante have worked hand-in-hand for more than two decades in Haiti. As such, it is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country. Its hospitals are among the few that remain functional in Haiti. Donate here

Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have teamed up at the request of President Obama to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti. Donate here

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is deploying an emergency response team to the island nation. Donate herebuild your own Mercy Corps fundraising page or add a Mercy Corps Haiti banner to your Web site.

Clinton Foundation: Helping to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. Donate here. Text “HAITI” to “20222” and $10 will be given to the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Relief Fund, charged to your cell phone bill.

MADRE: MADRE is bringing emergency medical assistance and supplies, including bandages, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and water tablets to prevent cholera outbreaks, to areas in Haiti that have been hardest hit by the earthquake. Donate here.

Red Cross: Donate to the international response fund here. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or text “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10. 

UNICEF: Children are among the most vulnerable following any natural disaster, and the United Nations mission to Haiti was destroyed in the earthquake. Donate here They work to provide sustainable sources of clean, safe water to underserved populations, and will be helping facilitate the repair and construction of new sources of water in Haiti. Donate here

Doctors Without Borders: The organization is airlifting emergency medical providers into Haiti to treat victims of the earthquake. Donate here

CARE: They are deploying emergency teams to Haiti. Donate here

Oxfam America: They are rushing folks into Haiti from nearby areas; the organization has years of experience on the island. Donate here

Save the Children: The organization is working to support families and children in need. Donate here

International Medical Corps: This L.A. non-profit provides medical care in some of the world’s most dangerous regions. They’re on their way to Haiti. Donate here

AmeriCares: They are sending emergency medical aid and mobile health supplies to Haiti. Donate here.  

World Food Programme: WFP is already on the ground and has” launched its emergency procedures, which involve distributing high energy biscuits and other emergency food assistance to those affected.” Donate here

World Vision: The organization is sending relief supplies to be distributed in Haiti. Donate here

TreeHugger has a thorough list of how you can give green, focusing on some longer-term organizations.

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