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Haiti: What can you and your classes do right now to help

Elana Leoni Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

As I'm sure you'll all aware, yesterday (1/12/10), a massive earthquake struck Haiti, devastating its capital.

Hundreds of thousands are feared dead and The Red Cross reports that over 3 million people have been affected.

So..I'm wondering if any of you and your classes are planning to do anything to help.

Here are some resources I've quickly compiled:

:: New York Times created a Twitter list, where you can follow the latest updates in real-time.

:: You can also follow a live stream of tweets about Haiti by searching "help haiti" on Twitter.

:: This seems to be the most popular way people are donating: Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross (It automatically gets added to your phone bill)

:: Here's Six ways you can help in Haiti.

:: Lastly, here's another article that lists the many ways you can help Haiti earthquake victims.

Please share what you plan on doing. Fundraisers, having your class follow the Twitter feeds, whatever you're doing -- please share!

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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Haiti: Six months later

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Six months have passed since a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.

The American Red Cross issued a progress report on its efforts to help Haiti. You can view it here.

During a news briefing in Washington, Red Cross officials said new or expanded efforts include:

* A $3.8 million agreement to pay the salaries of more than 1,800 Haitian doctors, nurses and medical staff at the largest general hospital in Port-au-Prince, the capital, who have been working without pay since the Jan. 12 quake.
* Funds for prosthetics and rehabilitation totaling $1.4 million.
* Funds totaling $8.6 million to build semi-permanent shelters for people living in tarps and tents in and around Port-au-Prince.

The agency has raised about $468 million for the Haiti relief effort and spent about a third of that, it reported.

When your classes start up again, do you plan on getting your students involved to help Haiti?

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