January 18, 2010

LKL Web Exclusive: Joel and Benji Madden on clean water for Haiti

Posted: 08:45 PM ET

This is a LKL Web Exclusive by Joel and Benji Madden – don't forget to tune in TONIGHT at 8pmet to see how YOU can help the people of Haiti.

The coverage of Haiti’s earthquake is almost unbearable to watch. But if you’re like us, you can’t stop thinking about it — and you can’t stop wondering how you can help.

What’s really tragic is that this is a double disaster. Haiti has already suffered more than its share of hardship. It’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In 2008, it was hit by four hurricanes. Even before last week’s earthquake, Haitian kids were struggling to survive. Many didn’t even have health care or enough food or clean water.

Things are much worse for Haiti’s kids after the earthquake, of course — it’s awful to imagine what some of them are going through. The next week is extremely crucial for the kids who survived. One hugely important thing right now is making sure they get clean water. Without safe water, children are more at risk of disease. You don’t normally think of diarrhea as being deadly — but when kids get diarrhea from dirty water, it can dehydrate them and kill them in a matter of hours. We don’t have a lot of time to help these kids.

Disease outbreaks could mean a second wave of disaster. In Port-au-Prince, there are more than three million  people crammed into a very small space. Most don’t have clean water or bathrooms. There are mountains of garbage. And corpses are everywhere. Water-borne diseases like cholera and dysentery can spread really quickly in an environment like this. And again, children are the ones who suffer first and most.

Fortunately, water tanks are now being set up around the city. UNICEF has been leading efforts to bring clean water to earthquake survivors and has also given out water purification tablets and packets of oral rehydration salts. This is a mixture of salt and sugar that’s incredibly effective at preventing the deadly effects of dehydration.

We saw first-hand what it’s like to not have safe, clean water during a UNICEF visit to the Central African Republic  (CAR) in 2008. We met kids at a health clinic who sere sick and dying because of bad water.

These kids were like kids anywhere. They should have had their whole lives ahead of them. Why should they be allowed to suffer so much?  No kid in CAR, Haiti, or anywhere else should get sick — or should die — from drinking unsafe water.

The truth is, we can do something to help save Haiti’s children — and it is important that we do it now. Please give what you can to help these kids get clean, safe water.

**For a full list of Organizations responding to the crisis in Haiti, please visit Impact Your World at

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Bruce   January 18th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

I hope this time around someone monitors the RED CROSS to make sure the money gets to the people in need. During previous recent catastrophies they were found to be padding their coffers and not delivering money to whom the money was donated to help. Almost like the banks we bailed out where they give themselves bonuses and refuse to lend to the taxpayers who kept them afloat.

Melissa   January 18th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

How much of the donation will be going to Haiti? Example: A $100.00 donation, how much of it wil go to Haiti?

Bruce   January 18th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

I hope this time around someone monitors the RED CROSS to make sure the money gets to the people in need. During previous recent catastrophes they were found to be padding their coffers and not delivering to whom the money was donated to help. Almost like the banks we bailed out where they give themselves bonuses and refuse to lend to the taxpayers who kept them afloat.

Greg Major   January 18th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

All these actors can put up there millions to help Haiti. We don't have job in America. I bet the money is going to their govt.?

Sandi Lindstrom   January 18th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I have no issue with donating to this cause, but what I'm seeing unfold is that there are tons of donations coming in and they are sitting on the tarmac still.
It is just so frustrating to watch.
I will donate in any & every way I can when I see that it's being distributed as it should be.

Thank you for what you are doing.

Sandi Kildee-Lindstrom
Traverse City, MI

Gbemi   January 18th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Thanks for all your efforts to bring peace to the whole world through your unparalleled programs.
I pray that Haiti will recover fast from this disaster.
Please lets know the medium of assistance from Nigeria, either through any of the network providers or other form.

Susan Van Duyne   January 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

The children in Atlanta get it! Inman Middle School in Midtown Atlanta has begun a penny drive to collect money for a clean water project in Haiti. They have chosen to support Deep Springs International, an NGO that has been creating sustainable clean water projects in Haiti for several years. The children collected over $100.00 the first day of their 2 week fund drive.

Ronald   January 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

There is an haitian Doctor in Silver Spring, MD. He wants to go to Haiti to bring his support to his country. How can he travel to go Haiti.

Stacey Brunson   January 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

My name is Stacey and I live in Biloxi Mississippi and I have a question for someone whom might be able to answer my question.
Why can’t we send the FEMA trailers to Haiti? We have 1000’s just sitting here and LA.
My heart goes out to the Haitians. It was truly hard for my family after Katrina but nowheres near what those are experiencing in Haiti. I believe these trailers would be a haven sent.


2LT.Bermudez Us Army Reserve, Puerto Rico   January 18th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I am a member of the us army reserve who is been in stand by since last thursday. we have been waiting among 3 other units from puerto rico to leave for haiti. it seems that the burocracy is controlling the mobilization of all of us here and we are ready to give the people our 100% but we need predident obama the green light to leave now!!! not later...

Donna&Michel Aupont   January 18th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

we have learned today that our mother is alive, her leg is injured and she is need of aide, she is in Leogane , Haiti. We don't hear of any help being sent to Leogane. Will help be sent there?? Also we have a daughter in petionville, we have not heard anything as yet about her, will aide be sent to Petionville, Haiti as well???? The only thing we hear is only in Port au Prince, Please advise Thank you,
Donna & Michel Aupont

nicole   January 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Hello Larry,
Thank you. With the tears flowing down my face, I thank you on behalf of my people. I am speechless of your generosity, the american people and the world. A million thanks. May you be blessed by the God of Abraham, our God.

Danny Bower   January 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I am a Chef and if there is one thing I could do is to bring food and cook all day and night for all those in need in Haiti.

Nicole Szarlan   January 18th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

A sad true story about the Royal Caribbean ship/Company. Did the Vice President not think when deciding that the ships continued travels into Labadee would be a NOT SO GOOD IDEA. Disease, Aftershocks, Trauma to on board travelers’? What about the Men and Women that have survived such a loss are faced with the “happy” travelers’ of the Royal Caribbean. Or what about theft on the travelers? My thoughts; take an old ship, ship out of doc and use that to board and transfer the injured and near death people for god sakes. Yes we all survive by making money but show some compassion. I know my travels with Royal Caribbean Ships are now done, along with the rest of my family.

An American cruise company that is continuing to deliver tourists to a private beach less than 100 miles from Port-au-Prince yesterday said it would donate spare sun loungers and beach furniture to a makeshift hospital for victims of the earthquake.
A second ship with tourists arrived at Labadee beach yesterday on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas as the cruise company sought to head off criticism that its decision to continue using the resort was insensitive.
John Weis, the company's associate vice president, said emergency food supplies delivered by another cruise liner, Independence of the Seas, on Friday have now been distributed and that more deliveries are planned for the rest of the week.
"We've also gone through the site giving up any extra lounge chairs, bedding and mattresses which are now being used in the makeshift hospital," he said. The hospital opened in a gym in Cap Haitian, 15 miles from Labadee, where thousands of people are said to be arriving to seek shelter, food and water or medical help. Passengers have been divided about whether to disembark and use the resort, which is under armed guard and is leased by Royal Caribbean from the Haitian government.
"Guests have the option of staying onboard if they do not feel comfortable getting off in Labadee, and we have augmented our onboard programmes for those guests," said a spokeswoman. "For the guests that do disembark, they can do so knowing that the net proceeds of their visit to Labadee will be donated to the relief effort."
Another ship is due to arrive today as some observers wondered why the dock was not being given up to aid ships. The company said yesterday that US coastguards have assessed the jetty and decided it could not be used for cargo ships.

Obamma Money   January 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET


Are you serious! Half of this money will go to the war lords of Hatti and the rest will go to Obamma and the dems to be redistributed to Hatti as they see fit. First cut will go to Clinton and his ladys.

PS How is your son doing Larry ?

Angela Savage Austin   January 18th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

I thank each and everyone for their help. We can encourage the People of Haiti to not give up by giving more. There is always someone more to love with your support..

Angie   January 18th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

My heart goes to all of the people in Haiti. I have donated twice now, but my question is, have there been any donations from baby food/formula corporations such as Gerber? No mention of formula for these poor infants has been mentioned

Aileen   January 18th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

With so many countries and people giving supplies, why aren't medical supplies getting to the hospitals and makeshifts clinics, especially the one that now houses Dr. Gupta. This is the problem with America all talk and no action, to many red tapes and buracracy. For heavens sake this is a disater, people need medical assitants and need it fast. Why aren't the supplies been airlifted and droped in some open are and taken to these hospitals. There are too much talking and little being done. I get sick of just hearing Dr Gupta's plea for Medical supplies. There have to be some better strategy in place to get medical supplies to these areas.

big al   January 18th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

In this economy, I dont have much yet I sent a donation to the red cross, hopefully it will help, I would do more if i could

Tonya   January 18th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

can you please give me the number to the studio to donate?

Tania Clement   January 18th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

My name is Tania Clementask is and I'm a Haitian American. It deeply saddens me to see what is happening to my parents country, but what really bothers me is how the media stresses the fact that Haiti is the poorest country in the western Hemispher, when there are poor, and rich parts in every country. One question that I would like to ask is that is there any way that law enforcement can restore law and in Haiti so that every person can @ least get the proper care that they need?

Tania Clement
Canarsie Brooklyn NY

Leslie   January 18th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Leave the celebrities at home...The tragedy in Haiti speaks enough for itself. We don't need Jlos and Pdiddys discussing their opinion... its a mutual consensus... we are all very sad and deeply disturbed about what is happening to the Haitians at this time.

Keefe Haryett   January 18th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I as a Canadian just text World vision Canada two times and doing my part to help You should all so let the people who watch in Canada how they can help!

Mammi   January 18th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

If nothing else, this unfortunate tragedy is bringing the people of the world closer. My heart goes out to the people of Haiti. I pray for the people of Haiti and all those that are involved to help the country in one way or another including my brother who is making a difference behind the scene with CNN.

Ugland   January 18th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Can we please remove the actors, musicians, athletes from speaking in times of true need as they certainly do not come off as sincere, educated on the long-term struggles of the Haiti people or the programs that actually provide the money such as UNICEF, etc. Let's use "real people" who struggle every day.

viamira   January 18th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

I know the celebrities are giving a generous amount of their time to
the cause in Haiti but how much have they donated in $$$?

shirley somwonder   January 18th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Yeah, this was heart-warming and certainly wonderful
You made me believe in America for a while tonight Larry.
We are a great country and very generous.
Why do people keep saying the Haiti people are so sweet and good.
After 200 years they still have not created a decent country.
and all these missions and non go's that have been down there for 20 years and more

and still the country is a mess and was a messs before the Quake.
How do we know we won't pour money down the drain?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 19th, 2010 12:34 am ET

While a moderate to severe earthquake would almost certainly break many of the water and sewer lines in any city near the quake zone, it is highly unlikely to do serious damage to a desalination plant that is largely composed of heavy steel tanks and heavy steel feed lines.

How many desalination plants did Port au Prince have in operation when the earthquake struck?

Carol   January 19th, 2010 1:26 am ET

Hello Larry,
I am so proud of all the wonderful people giving money !! I am also so ANGRY that as Dr. Gupta says "preventable deaths" are happening as I am writing this message! How can this happen? Why let a plane transporting children that are safe in the orphanage get through but not the plane bringing the medicine that will prevent these deaths?? Who is making the deciisions? It dosen't take a genius to drop meds where they are needed or does it? I am sorry for spouting off but something has to be done and someone needs to take charge! Thank you

Terry   January 19th, 2010 1:34 am ET

Here again, it appears our government no longer has the organization capacity to carry out proper and timely, strategic response to people in need. It seems there many be several complex organizational snafus ongoing. 1) We cannot run an onground response from computers in DC at the USAID trying to make everything hunky-dory and by the book, or they are so understaffed they cannot properly resolve the issues. 2) It appears the U.S. Government still can't identify who actually is in charge of these efforts. This needs to be fixed yesterday, even if the President has to sit down with all parties involved and go over every move to find out where there are communications gaps between and in the existing power structure or a gap between responsible civilian agencies and military operations. 3) Our government is so "contracted out" that in order to do anything, we have to call a contractor who contacts its contractors and down the line, just to buy something or have something done. We have dug our own graves allowing a politically-engaged Congress to contract out major stragegic military services to the lowest bidder or to a crony. This must stop. 4) As in the past, the government response is so saturated with regulatory overview, nobody can do anything if someone else is not present to approve it. So if they are on the golf course, we're screwed. 4) Over expensive costs due to all the leechers and contractors eating out of the taxpayer's pie make the government look bad, destroys the public's trust in government and is strategically unsafe. Bring back our services to the government, not to contractors filling their pockets with my money! Cut some of the red tape, burearcracy, and for God's Sake, put somebody in charge and make sure everyone knows who it is!

Patti Patterson   January 19th, 2010 1:37 am ET

Santay Gupta is my hero. He helped the injured without any guarantee of his personal security; he is more than a commentator–he is a humanitarian. I am watching CNN from the comfort of my home, and Anderson Cooper echos my frustrations–Why can CNN get around to report the about disasters, but supplies are still at the airport? Haren't we learned from previous catastrophes, such as Katrina? It seems we had the same problems, and we heard similar comments from Mr. Cooper then. I sent in a donation to Red Cross, and my husband and I support Doctors without Borders. I wish to thank the CNN commentators for doing what I wish I could, just lending a helping hand when possible, I hope your pleas for supplies are heard. and supplies will arrive soon
God bless all those in Haiti.

luckybee   January 19th, 2010 1:44 am ET

I have seen food and water are dropped from a hellicopter; the only ones who benefit from it are the ex Tonton Macout,They wil sell it to a overprised prises in the markets, in Haïti.

Liz   January 19th, 2010 7:31 am ET

Dear Larry King.
Please do not forget about those of us who reside abroad.
Perhaps you should consider adding Phone numbers for your International audience who also can donate immediately?
France, Germany Switzerland London?
I am sure you could raise even more if you would make it convenient, perhaps even something with skype?
Where we too could call in our donations or even skype Donations in.

What do you have to loose?


pistachio   January 19th, 2010 10:13 am ET

Hello!!! The Americans who were in that hotel are home safe and sound even though some of their daughters and fellow Americans are still there under the rubble. The one Father Mr. Gengel wants Larry King to do something to find his daughter and the others. Why isn't anyone asking him why he didn't stay there to dig and find them. Why is he leaving it up to others and he is safe and sound home in the US. I can't believe him!! It is shocking!! If that was my daughter I would be digging with my fingernails to find her and I would not leave Haiti until she was found alive or dead, but NO he wants other people to do the dirty work. Some Father.

To poor to give   January 19th, 2010 10:40 am ET

Maybe some of the Actors manning the phones last night could donate thier "Bling" that the were showing off. Ms. Lopez had a set of earrings on that probably cost a million dollars (or more). Maybe she could donate them. So discussed by the whole business of celebrities and all of thier money "helping" in a crisis. BS!

lindafromnewyork   January 19th, 2010 10:58 am ET

CNN-Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

As a Haitian American I have to say that I am completely overwhelmed by the response of the United States and the rest of the world to the tragedy in Haiti. There are alot of Haitians who would be willing to go to Haiti to work along with these organizations as translators and to help give comfort to the Haitian People in their language. We don't know how to do this. As I watch on TV I feel totally helpless, so I donate money, but I think being in Port au Prince helping to distribute food, water, or helping out at the hopitals, etc. would also be beneficial to the Hatian people. There seems to be no organization whatsoever in the coordination of the Food and Water deliveries and I feel it is because of the language barrier. We speak French and Haitian Creole and unless you have spent sometime in the United States you don't understand anything that is being said to you. I look at those poor babies crying for their mothers and it is heartbreaking or watching the people scrambling to get their hands on the food being delivered. There is no organization and this why it looks chaotic. Maybe if you had people who spoke the languages of Hati there to enforce the rules then the situation might be a little less chaotic.

lindafromnewyork   January 19th, 2010 11:04 am ET

Mick Jagger-Thank you for wonderful words. We appreciate it.

lindafromnewyork   January 19th, 2010 11:10 am ET

I would really hope that the forces there in Haiti maintain control over the food disbtribution. Why don't they set up locations in different areas. I mean Locations for food, water-seperately-that way they have two different lines. They can do this every few blocks–and give people a card or something that can be stamped or something so there are no repeats.

Gerald Jolly   January 19th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

@ Folks, your comments would be appreciated.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 19th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

Having clean fresh water supplies is essential to any metro-city and metro-area. Without it, any metro-area would struggle to merely survive. How in the world did Bush-Cheney supposedly give $208 Million American taxpayer dollars to the Haitian people for economic aid and they have ZERO desalination plants? A small light commercial desalination plant costs a mere 2,000 US Dollars. It appears the Haitian people in the Haitian capital of Port au Prince didn't even get a mere 2,000 US Dollars out of the $208 Million American taxpayers gave Bush-Cheney to distribute in Haiti. Where did that money go?

Eileen   January 23rd, 2010 4:03 pm ET

Larry: Good job raising money for Haiti. I would like to know how much each of your celebrities on the panel donated. If each of them donated one million, like Brad Pitt, Leo deCaprio and Sandra Bullock, you would have collected much more than 9 million for Haiti.
JLo said she wondered how she could help. Guess she's been ignoring the pleas we've been hearing for money donations.

Geraldina   February 19th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

We should not send the FEMA trailers to Haiti, because they are contaminated. Many people got sick with respiratory problems.

If we send them over, it will cause the people to suffer more illnesses. Our government will get a black eye.

These trailers should be destroyed. Period.

Geraldina   February 19th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

We should not send the FEMA trailers to Haiti, because they are contaminated. Many people got sick with respiratory problems.

If we send them over, it will cause the people to suffer more illnesses. Our government will get a black eye.

These trailers should be destroyed. Period.

Larry, thank you for all you and CNN are doing.

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