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Helping Haiti's children
Haitian children who survived the earthquake are considered the most vulnerable. These organizations have specific relief operations to protect these children, meet their medical and nutritious needs and help them recover from the trauma of this disaster. PM: Orphans being targeted by traffickers | Painful plight of Haiti's 'restavek' children | Forgotten children Video | Tiny newborns struggle to survive Video

How you can help:

Child Hope International — Caring for orphans
Friends of the Orphans — Pediatric Care
Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation — Helping children in servitude
Kids Alive International — Sheltering orphans
Meds & Food for Kids — Feeding malnourished children
Mercy Corps — Comfort for Kids
Save the Children — Child-Friendly Spaces
UNICEF — Protecting children
World Food Programme — Feeding orphans
World Vision — Child-Friendly Spaces

Hope for Haiti Now
Over $58 million has been raised from Friday night's star-studded "Hope for Haiti Now" - the global telethon to benefit victims of the earthquake. You can continue to help through online or text donations, or by calling 1-877-99-HAITI. You can also purchase the video of the two hour event or a digital album of the performances, with all proceeds going to the charities supported by the telethon. Full Story

How you can help:

Hope For Haiti Now Text GIVE to 50555 ($10 donation, US Only)

Provide kits for better health
Another way to help the people of Haiti is by preparing humanitarian kits. The organizations listed below are specifically working to meet immediate needs for health and hygiene and provide guidance for school and community donation drives.

How you can help:

Church World Service: Service Kits
Convoy of Hope: Personal Hygiene Kits
Heart to Heart: Care Kits
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Gift of the Heart Kits
UMCOR: Health Kits

Larry King Live Haiti: How You Can Help
CNN viewers pledged $8,944,956 to the American Red Cross and UNICEF during a special 2-hour edition of Larry King Live on Monday, January 18. You can continue to help these organizations respond to the humanitarian crisis through online or text donations. Stars unite, raise millions for Haiti Video

How you can help:

American Red Cross Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
UNICEF Text UNICEF to 20222 ($10 donation)

Take action on the news you consume! These resources include some of the highest-rated charities by CharityNavigator.org (an independent and non-profit organization that evaluates and rates thousands of charity groups based on effectiveness and financial stability) and are vetted by CNN journalists for credibility. CNN does not endorse any organization and information is provided as an inspiration for you to explore the best ways for you to impact your world.
Elizabeth Cohen travels with Nadine Devilme and Junior Alexis from Haiti to Miami, Florida, for them to finally be reunited with Baby Jenny, who was thought to be an orphan when she was rescued from the rubble and flown to a hospital in Miami. International Rescue Committee is helping this family and others reconnect, as they and other charities focus on reuniting families separated by the devastating earthquake. Full Story
 International Rescue Committee
 Project Medishare Fund for Baby Jenny
Ashley Judd, Lucy Liu, Lisa Ling and survivors of human trafficking discussed the shocking business of modern day slavery on a special hour of Larry King Live. You can report a tip and learn more about Human Trafficking by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, operated by Polaris Project: 1-888-373-7888. Lucy Liu: Human Slavery Is Real, We Must Stop It
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You can make a difference by offering your time. These organizations will help you find a cause that inspires you and fits your schedule. Bad economy good for volunteerism Video
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 USA Freedom Corps for Youth
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