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Suzanne Deliscar  Identity Verified
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Jan 13, 2010

Please pray for the people of Haiti, including my husband, who resides in Port-au-Prince. All phone lines are down at the moment. Please see the link below for more details regarding the current situation: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/01/12/haiti-earthquake.html.



[Edited at 2010-01-13 04:38 GMT]


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I sincerely hope Jan 13, 2010

that the situation is not as severe as it looks at the moment. Please do keep us posted about how things evolve!

A big hug from Spain,
Tomás


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Haiti Jan 13, 2010

It's such a tragedy, I hope your husband is safe and sound Suzanne. I took the liberty to fix your link: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/01/12/haiti-earthquake.html.

For those in the United States, the Red Cross is accepting donations: Donation page. For those not in the US, The ICRC Worldwide.


[Edited at 2010-01-13 07:05 GMT]


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Silvia Barra  Identity Verified
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Hope and pray Jan 13, 2010

In Italy we experienced such a tragedy few months ago. It's terrible.
I join the pray and hope for all Hahitians.
I sincerely hope that your husband had no problems.

Silvia

[Modificato alle 2010-01-13 08:22 GMT]


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patyjs  Identity Verified
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What a worrying time this must be. Jan 13, 2010

Our prayers are with you.

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ICL  Identity Verified
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Earthquake Jan 13, 2010

Hi Suzanne,

My sincere solidarity wishes to you, your husband and the people of Haiti in general.

There has been a lot of exchange of info. on this in Twitter. Though these tragedies are always inexplicable, wherever they take place, they seem more so in the case of a country like Haiti, which has recently had major problems.

A fellow translation colleague also posted in Twitter a tip about help through mobile phones (I believe valid for the USA): "Musician Wyclef Jean asks that you Text YELE 501501 ($5 will be charged to phone) to support those suffering in Haiti."

Kind regards,

Ivette


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Noni Gilbert
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Haiti Jan 13, 2010

My thoughts are with you Suzanne, and with everyone in Haiti.

We have a "second hand book shelf" in our office, and we have just decided that any income will be going to Haiti for the time being. Small change, but every little helps.


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Noni Gilbert
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@Ivette Jan 13, 2010

I'm worried about donating via mobile phone messages. I can't now remember what the disaster was a few years back in Spain, when people were invited to do this - until they realised that at the same time they were increasing the government's VAT revenue. The tax office later gave the money it had "made" to those working on the emergency, I believe.

But I ALWAYS recommend making donations via bank transfer to known NGOs. Apart from anything else, you may well find that this is tax deductible, and that therefore you can give a little more. This is certainly the case in Spain.


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ICL  Identity Verified
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Donations via mobile text messages Jan 13, 2010

Hi Noni,

Last year I made a donation via my mobile's SMS to another cause/program (in Spain) and I followed up on this and, at least in this case, the donations reached the corresponding recipient.

Of course, like you mentioned, there may be other tax implications (like VAT), but I think that for some people it is a lot easier to react immediately via mobile than via a bank account.

You can get more info. about the Twitter original text message initiative (via CNN.com) here (though I believe you need to be a Twitter user to see it): http://twitter.com/CNN/haiti

Regards,

Ivette


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Noni Gilbert
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@Ivette Jan 13, 2010

I fully take your point about the likelihood of people making donations, so I will keep my head down on this one, while still encouraging people to donate (and therefore donate more) money via banks!

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Monika Elisabeth Sieger  Identity Verified
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Our thoughts are with you! Jan 13, 2010

Dear Suzanne,

hopefully you will have heard from your husband by now and he is well.
I have experienced earthquakes as well and the feeling is awful and frightening.

As we are swnown in in our area we cannot help in the moment.
If you have any idea on how we could ease the situation, please let us know.

Regards,
Sivara


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Lidija Marta Kozlovac  Identity Verified
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Tragedy in Haiti Jan 13, 2010

Dear Suzanne,

my thoughts and prayers are with you and with all the people of Haiti.

Lidija Marta


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Suzanne Deliscar  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the Support Jan 13, 2010

Thank you to all who have posted. I haven't been able to reach my husband yet.

A couple of people have started discussing how to help in the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts. Please see this link:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/01/13/f-emergency-contacts-haiti-relief-aid.html

It lists the main charities in Canada that are part of the relief effort, and most of these groups have branches in other countries.

Thanks again,

Suzanne


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
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I don't know what to say, I am so sad, please be sure that my prayers are with you.

(No problem finding sensible target orgs for donations from GER, too.)


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I am sure he will be safe and sound Jan 13, 2010

Suzanne, reason says that he is safe and sound. He will be trying to get in touch by all possible means but it must be chaos out there. We will pray for him to be able to get in touch quickly so that you can sleep tonight!

A big hug from Spain
Tomás


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