Industry giants provide Haiti support: You can too (UPDATED)|
(Monday, January 18, 2010 - 11:21 EST)
Almost a week ago, the Republic of Haiti was devastated by a major earthquake followed by numerous aftershocks.
Much of the country's infrastructure - including most area hospitals - has been wiped out by the quakes, and a huge strain placed on every remaining resource by a death toll estimated to reach into the hundreds of thousands, with a further several million people likely to have been injured or displaced. The scope of the destruction led spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs to describe the Haitian quake as the worst disaster the United Nations has ever faced.
In the days since the quake, we've started to receive press releases from leaders in the imaging and technology industries, pledging their support in a time of need. (The first such contact from Canon Inc. prompted this article). Canon has pledged $220,000 to the relief effort, while Hewlett Packard has committed $500,000, and will also match employee contributions up to a further $250,000. Google has pledged $1 million and put together an excellent page detailing ways to help or make donations, and Microsoft has made a committment of $1.25 million. In addition, Panasonic has made a pledge of around $110,000 (¥10 million), and Kodak has has announced a $100,000 donation Ricoh has donated approximately $95,000 (with the donation broken down as ¥5 million from Ricoh Japan, and $40,000 from Ricoh Americas). Adobe has made a $50,000 donation and is matching its employee donations 2:1.
We encourage Imaging Resource readers to do their part to help Haitians through this exceptionally difficult time. If you'd like to make a donation, we'd suggest visiting the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, or one of the many other organizations listed on Google's Crisis Response page.
UPDATED 2010-01-18 16:42ET: A donation by Panasonic has come to our attention, and been added to this item...
UPDATED 2010-01-19 11:08ET: A donation by Kodak has come to our attention, and been added to this item... We've also pinned the item to the top of the news page for the time being, to help draw attention to the disaster and ways that readers can help.
UPDATED 2010-01-22 15:42ET: A donation by Ricoh has come to our attention, and been added to this item...
UPDATED 2010-01-25 10:05ET: A donation by Adobe has come to our attention, and been added to this item...