Humanitarian Aid for Haiti Needed. But will it get to those who really need it? Ways to help Haiti.


Ways to help Haiti

The devastation is Haiti is unprecedented and humanitarian aid is desperately needed. The problem of course is making sure that the aid gets to those who really need it. Haiti has always been a politically corrupt nation and now, in the aftermath of the earth quake, a lawless one.  Over the years we have represented Haitians with their immigration and visa applications and have been shocked by their stories of hardship there. Like other corrupt, developing countries, foreign aid, while a noble endeavor often falls in the wrong hands. Warlords, politicians and their friends get the loot while the starving public waits in vain.

But if you feel, like I do, that doing your part in the hope that it makes even a little difference is worth it, the following are some agencies to consider in offering your support.

Canadian Red Cross
1-800-418-1111 or at any Red Cross office

The Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

The Humanitarian Coalition (CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, Save the Children)

Médecins Sans Frontières
1-800-982-7903 or 416-964-0619

CBC Haiti Relief site

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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