As the scope of the disaster began to come into focus, offers of help began pouring in. Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Guyana, Iceland, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile, Israel and the United States were among the countries offering aid to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
So much for Islam’s guidance on giving charity.
U.S. pledges $100 million. The United Nations announced $10 million in aid; the World Bank pledged $100 million. Agencies, people, and a range of charities mobilized relief efforts, including groups such as Samaritan’s Purse, Islamic Relief USA, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Salvation Army, Catholic Relief Services, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and musician Wyclef Jean’s Yele Foundation.
Here is a glance at some of the international aid pledges for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:
• The United Nations is releasing $10 million from its emergency funds.
• The United States is sending ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit.
• Canada is sending an immediate $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) to the Haitian government and has put transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and a disaster response team on standby.
• The Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million to aid agencies and help repair the damaged phone network.
• The European Commission has approved euro3 million ($4.37 million), with more funds likely.
• Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent three planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.
• The Netherlands has donated euro2 million ($2.91 million) and will send a 60-person search-and-rescue team.
• Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team. Another team with 20 rescue dogs is on standby.
• Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million).
• Italy is pledging euro1 million ($1.46 million).
• China will donate $1 million, according to Xinhua News Agency.
• Sweden has offered 6 million kronor ($850,000), along with tents, water purification equipment and medical aid.
• Venezuela has sent doctors, firefighters and rescue workers.
• Mexico will send doctors, search-and-rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.
• France is sending two planes with doctors, food and medical equipment.
• Britain has sent 64 firefighters with search-and-rescue dogs and 10 tons of equipment.
• Iceland is sending 37 search-and-rescue specialists.
• Taiwan is flying in 23 rescue personnel and 2 tons of aid and equipment.
• Israel is sending an elite army rescue unit, including engineers, rescue workers, doctors and medics.
• Cuba already had field hospitals on the ground when the quake struck.