Haiti donations via mobiles, digicel web text haiti, facebook haiti donation, facebook haiti status, facebook status haiti, red cross donation for hai. They were asked to text “HAITI” to 90999 or “Yele” to 501501 and in three days, a million Americans pledged millions of dollars in aid to quake-stricken Haiti using their mobile phones.
Donations of $US10 ($A10.74) a time began streaming in by text message to the special 90999 number set up by the American Red Cross within hours of the powerful earthquake rattling Haiti, and by Friday evening, the pledges exceeded $US10 million ($A10.74 million).
“We’ve raised more than 10 million dollars from more than one million donors through the SMS Haiti relief campaign,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
“It has become the single largest mobile donation campaign ever,” said the chief US diplomat, who will travel to Haiti on Saturday.
American Red Cross spokeswoman Abi Weaver told AFP that Americans have tapped out rapid-fire donation messages to the relief agency at the rate of about $US100,000 ($A107,411.39) an hour.
Her colleague Christi Harlan called the flood of US donations to help victims of Tuesday’s powerful earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and left many trapped under the rubble “amazing, gratifying and very, very needed”.
A text message campaign run by Yele Haiti, a group founded by former Fugees singer Wyclef Jean, who has Haitian roots, raised more than $US2 million ($A2.15 million) by Friday.
“Somewhere in the vicinity of $US350,000 came in the first evening, roughly a million dollars on the second day and another million on Thursday,” said Albert Angel, head of Give on the Go, the company running the group’s fundraising effort.
By texting “Yele” to 501501, Americans can donate $US5 ($A5.37) to help desperate quake survivors in Haiti, and the message can be resent up to six times.
Money can also be delivered to the Clinton Foundation (text number 20222), the International Medical Corps (85944), the International Rescue Committee (25383) and the Salvation Army (52000) by simply texting “HAITI” to their special phone numbers.
More aid groups are joining the mobile relief effort by the day. Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision were poised to enlist on Friday, and on Monday, another group of “very large charities will be added,” said Jim Manis, head of the Mobile Giving Foundation.
Manis, who has been credited with starting mobile giving and whose group co-ordinates the US text-to-give campaign, first tested texting for a cause after the Asian tsunami in 2004.
That effort raised $US150,000 ($A161,117.08) - a sum long since exceeded by the Haiti quake mobile relief effort. But it also gave new impetus to a phenomenon Manis calls “grassroots philanthropy”.
“These are emotional events and people want to reach out and help but sometimes they can’t - they don’t have a credit card or they forget to write a check or (can’t) go online to make a donation,” he said.
“The immediate nature of mobile allows for that impulse action to occur. That’s what we’re seeing with Haiti and we’re seeing it translate into new demographics and new people who are supporting emergency relief efforts.”
In theory, text messages only represent a pledge and don’t become a cash donation until mobile phone customers pay their monthly bill.