Ringo Starr joined the Seminole Tribe of Florida & Hard Rock International’s Haiti Relief Efforts at Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood on 15 July 2010.

Ringo accepted a check from the Seminole Tribe & Hard Rock for $197,500 on behalf of the WhyHunger Foundation and Yele Haiti to aid its Haiti Relief Efforts. The money was raised through a collaborative effort by Seminole Casinos’ “Hearts to Haiti” and Hard Rock Cafes’ worldwide “Crank it Up” program that encouraged restaurant, retail and hotel customers at its casinos to round up their purchase amounts to the next dollar, with their change donated to helping Haiti’s earthquake victims. The Seminole Tribe of Florida also donated an additional $100,000 to the cause. Later that evening, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band performed at Hard Rock Live. Video by ReelMediaHD/Seminole Hard Rock.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney personally created and designed an exclusive T-shirt for the Hard Rock Calling 2010 signature series. The proceeds from the sale of the T-shirt will benefit WhyHunger. The T-shirts were launched at Paul’s concert appearance in Hyde Park on June 27.

Quake-stricken Haiti bears scars six months on

By Matthew Price, BBC News, Port-au-Prince

Telia Jacques spent six weeks in different hospitals

If there is any hope for Haiti, you surely find it in the broad smile of six-year-old Telia Jacques.

She smiles despite her thin left leg that will not fully straighten, and despite the prominent vivid scar that runs down her forehead from the hairline to just above the right eyebrow.

And she smiles even though she – like her country – will forever be affected by the earthquake that destroyed so many lives.

Six months ago, Telia was lying on the floor of L’Hopital de la Paix, in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, wrapped in dirty, blood-stained sheets, her legs shattered, her head smashed open.

She had been crushed when her home fell on her.

Above her stood a desperate father, Astrel Jacques, pleading for the world to help.

The hospital had no medicine, and barely a doctor.

“Ca va?” he asked his daughter. “Oui,” she replied, but she was not OK.

The next morning he realised he had to find a doctor. So he managed to get Telia into someone’s car, and drove until he came across some aid workers. They helped him and his daughter across the border to the Dominican Republic.

There she spent a month and a half in different hospitals, and her life was saved.

More than a million Haitians live in relief camps, six months after the quake

More than a million Haitians live in relief camps, six months after the quake


Another daughter and Mr Jacques’ mother-in-law both died in the earthquake.

“Six months after not one day passes when I don’t think about the earthquake,” he says. “When I don’t think about how our life was together. We lost everything. Everything has gone.”

On the surface there is little change here.

The building material of necessity – blue plastic tarpaulin – covers much of Port-au-Prince.

The slums that seethe under those tarpaulins were meant to be temporary. Now they house more than a million people and have an air of permanence.

So Fabula Gilme can count herself lucky – and that here is a relative term – in that she at least has a corrugated tin roof above her head.

Most of the time it protects her and her son Mackenzie.

“There are holes in the roof. Sometimes when it rains, it leaks on the baby – I don’t know what to do,” she says.

Mackenzie was born a week after the earthquake. He barely made it into this world. Fabula was almost too weak to give birth.

Outside her home there is a mound of rubble. The view from here has barely changed in the last six months.

“It’s the same it was. Everyone is using corrugated roofs, and tents and tarpaulins. Houses haven’t been rebuilt. There are still people sleeping in damaged homes. Some sleep in tents.”

That pretty much sums up this capital city. Rubble still appears to lie everywhere. Small groups of workers – paid mostly by international aid – clear patches by hand. There is little sign of the much-needed heavy lifting equipment.

Tarpaulin-covered slums litter the Haitian capital

Tarpaulin-covered slums litter the Haitian capital


It partly explains why it takes so long to get up to Jean-Michel Fleurimond’s home. Or rather what remains of it.

The paths in his village are blocked by rubble.

Jean-Michel has no family anymore. His two brothers are still buried under the rubble of their home.

“I lost my brothers and everything I own,” he says.

Now he lives in a small tin shack, with bare earth for a floor. When it rains, the water runs right through the space, eroding the ground.

He pulls out two sheets of wood, and a thin white curtain. This is his “bed”.

“Before, my life was good. I am an artist. I used to make artwork to pay for school. My mother used to help me pay, too.”

“Since the earthquake, I’ve been on my own. I can’t live how I want to because I don’t have a job. I can’t feed myself how I like to. It’s very difficult.”

He gets by thanks to the Red Cross. It pays him and others $5 (£3.30) a day to improve the camp. He helped to build the steps that lead through the shelters, for instance.

But they are squatters here, and they fear soon the landowner may move them on.

Iselene Celne lost an arm and both her hands

Iselene Celne lost an arm and both her hands


Help has also come for Iselene Celne. Six months ago she was trapped under the rubble – she lost an arm, and both her hands.

Now her children help her run a tiny stall she’s managed to start up with money from a small British charity, Tearfund.

“Without them, I’d be nothing,” she says.

She shrugs with the stump of her arm.

“I’d have no money. I’d feel humiliated. Without the business what could I do?”

On the surface, there has been some progress here. There’s clean water in the camps to drink and to wash with. Educational projects are starting up. The Haitian police are starting to patrol the city and the camps.

But few, if any, of the Haitians here feel that things are actually improving. It is as if their lives have been frozen in time.

A day after the earthquake, Astrel Jacques stood beside his dying daughter in the hospital and said: “We are fighting.”

And now, half a year on, with Telia smiling next to him, he repeats those exact same words.

He and the rest of the survivors know that they will have to keep fighting, if life is to get any better.

HELP HAITI – Here’s how

A major earthquake has struck Haiti, just ten miles from the capital Port-au-Prince. Local officials are reporting a catastrophe of major proportions.

Cellphone – donate by text message


Text “HAITI” to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

Text “Yele” to 501 501 and a donation of $5 will be given automatically to the Yele Haiti Foundation to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.
Wyclef Jean takes this disaster especially seriously because his family is Haitian and he lived there until he was 13. He started the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005 to provide scholarships to disadvantaged youth in Haiti.

Web Donations – click on the links

American Red Cross: news | donate
Mercy Corps
Unicef USA
International Medical Corps
Direct Relief International
World Vision
International Relief Teams
YÈle Haiti
Merlin USA
Operation USA
Catholic Relief Services
World Food Programme
World Concern
Save the Children
Operation Blessing International
Operation USA
Doctors Without Borders
Medical Teams International
The International Committee of the Red Cross
The Salvation Army
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British Red Cross
Christian Aid
Save the Children
Plan International
Mercy Corps

International Red Cross
International Medical Corps
Medecins Sans Frontieres
World Food Programme
Concern Worldwide

Phone Numbers – Charities

Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
AmeriCares, 800-486-4357
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
CARE, 800-521-2273
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Oxfam, 800-776-9326
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan’s Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
UNICEF, 800-367-5437
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552 (Wyclef Jean’s grassroots org)

Seeking family

The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. “Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.”

More you can do to help – from Care2

Take Action for Haiti:

Learn more about this disaster:

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and the Haitian people desperately need our help now.

The best way for you to help the people of Haiti is to donate to a well-respected charity with experience in medical and disaster relief. Haiti needs immediate assistance, and these organizations already have teams in place to assess the damage and provide the emergency medical care, food, clean water and shelter that people need.

The following is an alphabetical list of groups that are working to help Haiti with direct links to their earthquake relief fund donation pages:

Abandoned Children’s Fund
Donate directly above or call 1-888-884-0567.

American Red Cross
You can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross, call 1-800-REDCROSS or donate directly at the link above.

Donate online above or call 1-800-521-CARE from the U.S. or +1-404-681-2552 from outside the U.S.

Catholic Relief Services
Donate online by clicking the link above, text RELIEF to 30644, or call 1-800-736-3467.

Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund. Donate directly above.

Children’s Hunger Relief Fund
Donate directly above or call 1-888-781-1585 from the U.S. or +1-707-528-8000 from outside the U.S.

Christian Blind Mission
Donate online above – Canadians can donate online to Christian Blind Mission Canada.

Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres
Visit this link to donate from outside the U.S.

Freedom From Hunger
Donate online above or call 1-530-758-6200 x1042

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee
Donate directly above or call  1-877-REFUGEE

Mercy Corps
Donate directly above or call 1-888-256-1900

If you are outside of the U.S., you can find the direct link to donate through your Oxfam affiliate here.

Partners in Health
Donate online through the link above, or donate by mail by sending a check with “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo line to:
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578

Save the Children
Donate directly above or make checks out to “Save the Children” and send to:
Save the Children Income Processing Department
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880

Donate directly above or call 1-800-4UNICEF. Canadians can donate directly to UNICEF Canada.

World Emergency Relief
Donate directly above or call 1-888-484-4543 from the U.S. or +1-760-930-8001 from outside the U.S.

Yele Haiti
You can text “Yele” to 501501 to make a $5 donation to Wyclef Jean‘s organization in Haiti, or donate directly here.