Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti last Tuesday, more than $200 million has been raised via text, phone calls and mail by the dozens of worldwide relief organizations that rushed in to help the devastated Caribbean island nation.
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American Red Cross spokesperson Eric Porterfield said that as of Sunday, the organization had collected pledges of $22 million through a program where cell phone users can donate $10 by texting "90999." Those donations are turned into vitally needed resources for the more than 3 million people displaced by the quake.
"I need a better word than 'unprecedented' or 'amazing' to describe what's happened with the text-message program," organization spokesperson Roger Lowe told The New York Times.
As for what those donations help the Red Cross do, Porterfield provided a breakdown:
» $5 provides a water container to store clean drinking water.
» $10 provides a blanket that is appropriate to the climate and culture of the disaster-affected area.
» $25 provides a family of five with a kitchen set, giving them the ability to cook and serve food (a disaster can destroy even the most basic family possessions and restoring family's self-sufficiency is essential). This includes two cooking pots, a frying pan, bowls, plates, cups, and utensils.
» $30 provides essential hygiene materials to five people for one month (ensuring adequate hygiene after a disaster is essential in promoting the health of those affected). This includes items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads, a razor and a towel.
» $60 provides tools for a family of five to build a temporary shelter: two tarps, a rope, hoe, machete, tin snips, handsaw, roofing nails, shovel, long nails, tie wire, claw hammer.
» $100 provides a cooking set, hygiene pack, blankets, and water containers for one family of five following a disaster.
» $500 provides a family tent for a family of five.
Another organization that has raised millions for relief efforts is UNICEF. On Monday night, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz demonstrated where donations to UNICEF go during Monday's [article id="1629973"]telethon on CNN's "Larry King Live,"[/article] describing the many vital services and life-saving items donations can buy.
A spokesperson for UNICEF provided MTV News with a list of some of those items:
» Tent: For a little over $200, this tent can be used to provide life-saving shelter or to support a clinic or a school in time of crisis.
» School-in-a-Box ($200): UNICEF's innovative "School-in-a-Box" sets up a temporary school for at least 40 children during times of emergency. Kits provide the chance for children to continue their education during the most extreme crises.
» Vaccine carrier ($10): Cold-box vaccine carriers help ensure that vaccines reach children in remote areas who need them.
» Collapsible water containers ($2 per container): Each container holds 10 liters amount of water and is especially useful for kids carrying water for long distances to ensure that all their water doesn't spill en route from their water supply. It is also very useful for storing clean, safe water for everyday use.
» Water purification tablets (60 cents for 50 tablets): Each tablet is able to turn 4-5 liters of dirty water into water suitable for drinking. Every day, 4,000 children worldwide die because they do not have access to clean water, according to UNICEF.
» High energy/protein biscuits ($1 per pack): These contain minerals and vitamins and have been developed for malnourished children during emergencies.
» Therapeutic Nut Spread: $77.63 feeds 10 children for one month — therapeutic nut spread is a high protein, peanut-based paste, supplied in a ready-to-use packet. No water is needed for mixing, which means that help can be provided to malnourished children in any situation.
» Therapeutic Milk ($24.75/ 12 liters): A milk-based powder for treatment of severe child malnutrition, this successful formula includes added vegetable fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and boosts the chances of child survival.
» Blanket ($3): Blankets protection from the elements and provide comfort in the more dire of circumstances.
» Oral rehydration salts (7 cents for one package): This solution, containing sugar and salt, treats children suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhea. Approximately 3,500 children die each day from dehydration caused by acute diarrhea, according to UNICEF.
» Soccer ball ($5): Play brings children together and helps restore a sense of normalcy in times of crisis or emergency.
Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for [article id="1629832"]MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon[/article], airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.