Haiti had a massive earthquake of 7 on Jan. 12 according to multiple sources, which left many dead or homeless, including children.
Hollywood helped to raise $9.5 million in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon on Jan. 22, 2010 by doing live performances, donating funds and answering phones. Actor George Clooney hosted the program. Leonardo DiCaprio donated $1 million to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, according to a press release sent on Jan. 21.
"I salute Leonardo DiCaprio for his extraordinary generosity," President George W. Bush said. "This donation sends a clear message to the people of Haiti that America’s commitment to helping rebuild their country is strong. I thank Leo for setting a wonderful example for all Americans of helping a neighbor in need."
Singers Bruce Spruceteen, Taylor Swift, Madonna, ColdPlay and many others sung tunes, both in sadness and by inspiration to help rebuild Haiti. The show was broadcast on most television network channels on Jan. 22.
"I am grateful for the generous gift Leonardo DiCaprio and his Foundation (http://www.leonardodicaprio.org) have made in support of our Clinton Bush Haiti Fund," President Clinton said. "Combined with the outpouring of donations from Americans and citizens around the world of all means, this support will go a long way to help save more lives, reach more people with emergency assistance, and help the Haitian people build their nation back stronger and more secure than it was before the earthquake."
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) donated 2 million meals in Haiti on Jan. 22, according to WFP's Executive Director Jossette Sheeran. "90% of Haitians lost their homes," Sheeran said.
The charities helping Haiti are:
Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org)
Partners in Health (http://www.standwithhaiti.org/)
the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org)
the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (http://clintonbushhaitifund.org/)
the United Nations World Food Programme (http://www.wfp.org)
Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation (http://www.yele.org)
Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Emeline Michel, Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge, Rihanna, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Wyclef Jean along with a bonus track from Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge and Rihanna all sang on Jan. 22 on television.
Digital albums are for $7.99 and funds will proceed to the charities listed above.
According to http://www.redcross.org, the Univision Network will be producing a four-hour live telethon on Jan. 23, starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Don Francisco, the host of “Sábado Gigante” (a variety show), will host a special edition called “United for Haiti,” which will benefit American Red Cross relief efforts.
Celebrities from Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión will be present at this telethon. Musical performances will be shown also.
On Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. ET, A&E will air “Private Sessions: Songs for Haiti,” a two-hour special for Haiti relief. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.
Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, Twisted Sister, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, Seal, Lindsey Buckingham, Boyz II Men, Blues Traveler, Annie Lennox Daughtry, Hall & Oates, Colbie Caillat, Vanessa Williams and Ringo Starr will all perform on Jan. 24, according to http://www.redcross.org.
How to help:
If you are interested in contacting UNICEF, you can email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, visit http://act.pih.org/earthquake to donate funds to help rebuild Haiti to help the efforts of Partners in Health
To make a one-time, $10 donation to the OXFAM fund, text message OXFAM to 25383.
For the Clinton Bush Haiti fund, email them at: email@example.com. Call them at: 212-348-8882.
https://www.wfp.org/donate/haiti is the site for United Nation's World Food Programme.
Visit http://www.yele.org to donate.