PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti --- As many as 1 million people -- one person in nine across Haiti -- need to find new shelter, the United Nations estimates, and there are too few tents, let alone safe buildings, to put them in.
Haiti's prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, said his country needs at least 200,000 tents to provide shelter to those left homeless by the earthquake.
President Rene Preval's government said the need for tents was dire because the first rainy season begins in about 10 days.
It issued an urgent international plea Monday for tens of thousands more six- to eight-person tents to shelter Haitians in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince.
HOW TO HELP
- First Baptist Church of Augusta has a benefit planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the church sanctuary. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Proceeds will go to Compassion International's Disaster Relief Fund. The show features ventriloquist Taylor Mason and speakers. Call (706) 733-2236.
- Paine College students started a drive for Haiti on Friday and will continue collecting supplies for hygiene kits through Feb. 5 at one of two drop-off sites: Peters Campus Center, Room 215-B, or the Candler Memorial Library, Room 103-A. Students plan to collect enough supplies for 500 kits, which will be sent by United Methodist Church Global Ministries. Supplies needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary napkins and tampons, soap, washcloths, resealable plastic bags, cotton swabs, combs and deodorant. Call (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576.
- Columbia County missionaries Donnie and Cindy Rogers and Lisa Adams were in Haiti when the earthquake struck and plan to return, bringing more teams with them over the coming months. Learn more or donate at http://lifeaugusta.com.
- The Community Foundation for the CSRA will accept donations earmarked for the Haitian Children's Fund. Mail them to The Community Foundation for the CSRA at P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903. Donations also can be dropped off at Richmond County schools.
- Augusta State University sophomore Giovanni Morose, the president of the International Students Club, has family in Port-au-Prince and is collecting food and clothing for those in Haiti. Call (786) 325-6637 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- TrueNorth Church in North Augusta is collecting money for Water Missions International, an organization in Charleston, S.C., that supplies water purification systems to Haiti. Call (866) 280-7107 or mail checks to P.O. Box 31258, Charleston, SC 29417.
- The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina has worked in Haiti for more than 30 years and is gathering donations through Episcopal Relief and Development with checks marked "Haiti fund" mailed to P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
- Text "haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 through the Red Cross. The Red Cross is also accepting donations online at www.redcross.org or by calling (800) 733- 2767 (REDCROSS).
- The Salvation Army is accepting donations via PayPal. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org for more information. Donations are also accepted by phone at (800) 725-2769 (SAL-ARMY) or by mailing checks and money orders to The Salvation Army World Service Office International Disaster Relief Fund at P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate checks and money order to "Haiti Earthquake."
- Save the Children is accepting donations on www.savethechildren.org by mailing Save the Children Income Processing Department at 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.
- Call UNICEF at (800) 4UNICEF to donate.
- Medical Emergency Relief International USA, a medical services charity, accepts donations through www.merlin-usa.org or mailed to Merlin USA, Attn: Haiti Earthquake Response, 1600 K St. N.W., Suite 450, Washington, DC 20006-2808.
- Text "yele" to 501501 to donate $5 through Wyclef Jean's Haitian Yele Charity.
- The Baptist Haiti Mission is accepting donations online at www.bhm.org.
- Catholic Relief Services is preparing food and other aid to help families in Haiti. To help with relief efforts, donate via phone at (877) 435-7277 (HELP-CRS) or text RELIEF to 30644, online at www.crs.org, or by check with the memo line "Haiti Earthquake" to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.
- The United Methodist Committee on Relief accepts checks made to UMCOR with "Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency" in the memo line. Checks can be put in a Methodist church's offering plate or mailed to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.
-- Kelly Jasper, staff writer