By Esther López, 15th January 2010
As you all know, at Softonic we take care of one another as well as other people when they need it most. On Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, a major earthquake struck Haiti leaving tens of thousands dead, many structures destroyed and countless people without food or shelter.
We have decided to lend a hand and give complimentary banners on our website to Medecins Sans Frontières. “Medecins Sans Frontières is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.” (From their website)
Softonic has collaborated with them many times before and knows that the money we help raise is going to make a difference in the lives of others especially in this time of devastation. Along with posting these banners, we are asking you to donate money through Twitter, Facebook, our newsletter Softnews and other social networks. Through a combination of these platforms, we hope to reach out to as many users as possible. You can easily make a donation here:
Besides just donating money to Haiti, we will be donating tangible goods to help the Haitian people get through these hard times. One of our programmers, Raul Morón, is married to a Dominican woman whose family is still living in the Dominican Republic. Her family form part of a group of emergency volunteers, organized to provide aid after catastrophes such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Within the company, we have raised money and have sent it to this Dominican family to purchase food, milk, water and drugs to support the people in need. The family themselves will bring these supplies to Santiago de los Caballeros, a city about 170km away from Haiti, where Caritas trucks will pick the goods up and distribute them in Haiti.
One last point: It is important to not forget that there are people suffering all over the world everyday. This is the motivation behind Softonic’s donations during the holidays to different non-profit organizations. We have decided that it is important to keep the spirit of giving present all year long. Throughout 2010 we will be collecting money for the forgotten diseases and countries that are not so present in the media, but have people suffering.