My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Haiti. It is astonishing and incredibly awful what has happened there.
It is inspiring to see so many responding to this catastrophe and very sad and distressing to know that much more is needed.
One UN spokeswoman called it the worst disaster the UN has ever faced.
A U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman declared the quake the worst disaster the international organization has ever faced, since so much government and U.N. capacity in the country was demolished. In that way, Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva, it's worse than the cataclysmic Asian tsunami of 2004: "Everything is damaged." (Source.)
Beware of any fake aid appeals.
Veteran Christian radio broadcaster Rich Buhler has warned his listeners to beware of fraudulent activity connected to Haiti quake relief....Fraudulent e-mails soliciting funds may appear legitimate, because the perpetrators often steal graphics from genuine websites of Christian organizations. However, donated funds usually flow into offshore bank accounts connected with criminal elements.
Buhler urged his listeners to go directly to established, recognized Christian aid organizations through their websites.
He also warns against phone scams. “Don’t respond to solicitations on the phone,” he says. “Call the organization directly.”...The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has a list of 82 Christian relief organizations working in Haiti, along with links and descriptions of their activities at www.ecfa.org/ServantMatch.aspx?Type=Haiti (Source.)
Some relevant resources:
The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog and photos on Flickr.
Ellen in Haiti
Haitian Quake Survivors Turn To The Web For Help
Miracle rescues in Haiti after earthquake
Haiti Quake: Eyewitness Account
Haiti - CNN Anderson Cooper 360