The disparity in technology across national borders is utterly numbing. A complete and utter lack of sustainable technology plagues the proverbial Third World. The unfair distinction in basic tech has major consequences, as we are now witnessing in Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the tiny island yesterday. Here is a quick explanation (Via Al-Jazeera) of what has made this particular quake especially devastating for Haitians.
Haitian native Wyclef Jean has taken swift and logistically plausible steps to give a platform to provide relief to the disaster stricken people of Port-Au-Prince. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you got Twitter or a cell phone that has text capacity. Do Haiti and yourself a favor, text “Yele” to 501501 to support Wyclef’s Haitian charity in their effort to combat the quake. Or you can get online and donate to the fund through their website. Support this effort with the technology in your hand, tweet about this opportunity to feel human.