Originally Published on Jan. 14, 2010
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has underscored the Internet's critical role in connecting the world's population in times of tragedy. In response... to this, Facebook today launched the Global Relief on Facebook Page where the more than 350 million people on Facebook can educate themselves and find out how to help not only in Haiti but wherever disaster and misfortune may strike.
Moments after the ground shook in Port-au-Prince, people around the world immediately sought to help with relief efforts and express their solidarity with those in need. Every minute, people have been posting more than 1,500 status updates on Facebook that contained the word "Haiti." People have contributed thousands of dollars through the Causes application on Facebook, and groups including the American Red Cross, Oxfam America and Partners in Health have mobilized supporters through their Facebook Pages and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last 24 hours alone.
We want Global Relief on Facebook to serve as a collaborative resource for individuals, non-profits, governments and industry to raise awareness for those in need around the world. We're inviting relief organizations to be part of this effort so they can further highlight the needs in Haiti and during times of future crises. Most importantly, we hope all of you will join us by becoming a fan of Global Relief on Facebook and by continuing to support relief efforts along with your friends.
By staying connected, we can all make a difference no matter where we are in the world.
Randi, who manages initiatives with non-profits for Facebook, is sending friends an Oxfam virtual water jug to help provide clean water to those in Haiti.