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My blog is strictly about photography... so for this post I wrote the above and, well, took a photo of it!  I was looking for a trusted website today to send a donation for Haiti.  I was planning to pay around $50, then I thought it would be more fun to involve you.  Yes you!


Until 12pm Kuwait time on Friday, for every comment I get from a unique visitor to this post, I will add a dollar to my original donation.  I post on Facebook and Twitter, so I will be counting the comments, replies and retweets - as well as those below.  I'm optimistic, but I apologise (a little) for also being realistic.  I will pay a maximum of $200 to WFP.  If you know of a better organisation, please let me know.


Thank you for YOUR HELP!



UPDATE i: A very generous offer by intlxpatr and her husband: They will match (y)our donation! Talk has become even less cheap! Your comment is now effectively worth $2.  Thank you intlxpatr :)


UPDATE ii:  We have, together, donated $250 to the World Food Program, specifically for their 'Help Haiti' appeal.  I hope this small contribution helps their great effort.  The enthusiasm shown by many of you to help is inspiring.  I thank you all for your time and input.  Have a great Friday/weekend and I wish you all the best.


UPDATE iii: Intlxpatr and Marzouq have matched our $250 donation, and Polar Panda has donated $249 Canadian.  These additions, together with the matched donations of the Canadian government, and Polar Panda's employer, brings the total to an impressive $1,450.  Thank you so much!

Reader Comments (70)

What up.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica B

$51

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

ya36ek el 3afya

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterba6alah

i like how they only use 2% of donations on admin.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternora

Mashallah a very good move. Allah ye3a6ek el3afiya :)

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

By unique, do you mean someone who has never commented before, or will you count me, too? :-)

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterintlxpatr

[...] Yousef’s Haiti Challenge My Kuwait blogging friend, Bu Yousef, is about to send a donation to the World Food Program designated to help Haiti. He has set a [...]

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef’s Haiti Challe

This is a good thing you are trying to do here... i tried to pay something for Haiti Victims via amazon and it did not work... still looking for another source... mesakeen they had another quake :(

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanderma

Thats a very nice thing to do. :)
ps. your handwriting is very good.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Count me one please.

World Relief Canada is an eligible charity organization. The Government of Canada will match the contributions of individuals to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, up to a total of $50 million.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

I usually trust sources like UNICEF and The red cross. I hope that's reliable enough

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBashar

A very neat handwriting and a great initiative too!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

Salaam.

Thank you for this, we have a similar initiative at our company. for every donation we made. they would make the same amount donation. I work for Pearson. Its a world wide initiative.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAasia

Allah ykhalleeh fee mezan 7asanatik

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervinniecorp

love what you're doing!
may allah reward you!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersadia

Since my last comment:

Blog $12
Facebook $0
Twitter $0

Current Total _______________ $ 63

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Hopefully nmot too late but here's mine

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbid

Not too late.
Just under 24 hours left!

Current Total _______________ $ 64

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Can we contribute?
you are doing an amazing job

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteransam518

go Bu Yousef thats very genrous of u... i could change my name several times and post several msgs but i dont think it will be fair... hope more ppl would be inspired and donate more in this cause...

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterButtOye

Check back tomorrow - and do it if we're far from our target. Just don't tell me :)

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Here's me adding to the pot.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersaaleha

Haiti thanks you ;D

$68

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterenigma

*plop*

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermirfaan

This is a great thing you're doing. I'm going to retweet you as well, so you can count either this comment or the retweet, up to you.

Also, if you're interested in spreading out the donations to more than one charity, Doctors Without Borders is doing amazing work in Haiti. (a href="http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2010/01/19/amanpour.doctors.without.borders.cnn.html">Check out their interview on CNN.

They don't take donations on their international site, but their http://www.msfuae.org/index.php?var=payment_form&lang=en" rel="nofollow">UAE site accepts donations from Kuwait. (It's at the top of the list, not grouped with the other Ks on their donation country dropdown)

Unfortunately, unlike say the International Red Cross site, it doesn't seem like you can specify what or where your donation is for.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUnsuperDyke

Since my last comment:

Blog $6
Facebook $0
Twitter $1

Current Total _______________ $ 71

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Go for it Bu Yousef....$72

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami Malallah

I love the initiative!
You have beautiful handwriting, `and are a good photographer!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAafke

B&D is in!! seriously this is a good cause we were just thinking what could we do from here...

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBNDQ8

Nice...

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarhan

didnt much get the exact procedure! but yes as many had mentioned many are at a loss as to how to approach and who to when it comes to situations like this. glad to know that initiations like this is how it all starts, when it all trickles in..great effort.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Blog $5
Facebook $2
Twitter $1

Current Total _______________ $ 79

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Nice of you! Great job

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJOESBOX

Very nice handwriting!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFruitloop

Dear Abo Yousef ;

please donate the money now and dont wait for the comments , because i am afraid that by the time the comments reach the required number, some of the people you are trying to help will be beyond it .

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaggero

Blog $3
Facebook $3
Twitter $0

Current Total _______________ $ 85

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Count me in!
Unique, eh?
Unique and me are Firm Friends.
Brilliant thing you are doing... hoping I am in time.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLadybird World Mum

I know what you mean... but see it this way: Yesterday I wanted to donate $50. Tomorrow, I expect the total donation to be near $400 (because intlxpatr is matching the amount here). It's creating awareness for Haiti as well as where to direct our money. The end result is it's a maximum of 2 days late - but 8 times the original amount.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

go Bu Yousef!! :D

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ80BOY

Great thinking Bu yousef!!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAS-girl

That's a great idea! Very nice of you too!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereleventh.st

Wow what an idea. Bless you for it M. !

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalifornia Photo Scout

Good job appreciate your work

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmar

This is a very cool idea for building your network and at the same time help others. Way to go!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuy

Good for you BuYousef! A noble thing that you are doing!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterel wehbi

Blog $8
Facebook $1
Twitter $0

Current Total _______________ $ 94

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I was worried I had to be creative, but now I get what you mean about 'unique.' =)

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hello!

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHonest Waffle

Thank you for what you are doing. I grew up there and my parents still live there. They are safe but very, very busy. (We lived in Kuwait for a few years- which is how I found your blog) Thank you again for yours (and intlxpat's) generosity.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ8Dutchie

from twitter!

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersa3dooya

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