Google donates $1 million USD to Haiti earthquake relief efforts

16/01/2010 00:14
Google announced Thursday it will donate $1 million USD to help victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti. It is also extending the company's technological resources to relief organizations.
Internet giant Google is helping victims of the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti, a poor nation in the Western hemisphere.
 
On top of the financial support Google is extending to the earthquake victims, the company is also mobilizing its technological resources to help relief organizations connect and link with each other in the absence of power or electricity needed to operate the needed communications equipment.
 
Google also created a Web page devoted to linking people with charitable groups including Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, the Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders.
 
Google is making online mapping and satellite imagery tools available to relief workers so they can better evaluate damage and coordinate responses.
 
"We've also reached out to the YouTube community for help," Jacquelline Fuller and Prem Ramaswami of the Google Crisis Response Team said in a blog post.
 
Due to the massive extent of devastation in the capital city, Haiti is left without power to run its public facilities and infrastructure, making it very difficult to deliver the kind of relief and services survivors need.

 

(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )

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