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The International Rescue Committee (IRC), like many other aid organizations, is raising funds to help the people of Haiti through its web site (above) and its Facebook page. (Photo Courtesy www.theirc.org)

International Rescue Committee

Haiti the newest focus of worldwide crisis program

By Gopa Praturi | January 20 , 2010

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of many non-profit organizations working to help victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

The committee's headquarters are in New York City, where Gerald Martone, the Director of Humanitarian Affairs for the group, works.

"I think the best way for people to help is to make a donation to the needy in Haiti," says Martone. "You can donate to places like International Rescue Committee, American Red Cross, or Care."

The IRC has committed to raising $5 million for reconstruction work over the next year. Meanwhile, the team on the ground is providing emergency health, shelter and children's welfare. The group does not take donations of clothing or food.

A page on the group's web site suggests ways for poeple to use Facebook and texting to help raise money.

Martone has traveled to many countries where disaster has struck. The IRC has helped more than 40 countries recover from a variety of tragedies.

An IRC team is already on the ground in Haiti working to help the people there.

"We are trying to help the Haitians become strong so they can help their own country and recover," Martone says.

For more information about the IRC and how to help raise money, check out the organization's website.

CRISIS IN HAITI

Check out the Kid Reporters' special report Crisis in Haiti for more information on the country and how to help.

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