The outlook for Haiti is grim.
A catastrophic 7.3 earthquake with an epicenter near Port-au-Prince has destroyed much of the capital city. Approximately 2 million people live within the disaster zone. Casualties could be in the hundreds of thousands. Haiti, already the poorest nation in Western Hemisphere, has seen its virtual and physical infrastructure collapse. Most communications are down, massive aftershocks happen by the hour, and poorly constructed hillside shanty towns are collapsing like houses of cards
Haiti already has very high rates of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, viral and respiratory disease. Many thousands will have no access to life-saving medications.
Wyclef Jean has issued an urgent pleas to help his struggling homeland. Writing at his website, the popular singer and producer said: "Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now."
How you can help: Use your cell phone right now to help via texting:
Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 (American Red Cross).
• Donate via the American Red Cross new LGBT donation site HERE. The program was created by the gay-owned Olivia, Atlantis and RSVP cruise lines to track LGBT donations.
• Or go to Redcross.org and click Donate or call (800) REDCROSS.
• Or, donate through the LGBT-run Rainbow Fund.
• UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
• UN World Food Programme needs all resources.
• Go to Redcross.org and click Donate or call (800) REDCROSS.
• The U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti, President Bill Clinton, hopes to bring a major humanitarian mission to the island. Donate through the Clinton Foundation or text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10.
Or visit your nearest Lowe's and donate food, water, clothing or cash to the Red Cross.
Find other ways to help via the Center for International Disaster Information. Please help.