So many of us are shocked and saddened by the devastation from the earthquake in Haiti. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) advises against non-essential travel to Haiti, asking that only those with the skill sets needed go as they don’t have enough infrastructure in the country to support more people.
They advise the best way for Canadians to help is to donate money, not food or clothing. The Government of Canada today announced they would match giving of Canadians dollar-for-dollar up to $50 million in response to this tragedy. Because scam artists are already at work online taking in money, please take care to donate through a known agency. DFAIT has a list of experienced humanitarian organizations to contact for contributing. Additional information about charitable giving is also available on the Canada Revenue Agency website.