Domain registrar Go Daddy is donating $500,000 to help victims of yesterday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, which has caused catastrophic death and damage. “The moment we saw the news, we knew we had to help,” CEO and Founder Bob Parsons said. “This devastating earthquake killed thousands and thousands of people and conditions for survivors are deplorable. Those of us not affected by this disaster need to step up – we at Go Daddy feel it’s our duty to lead the way.”
Go Daddy, which is also one of the world’s largest web hosting companies, sent a check for $500,000 to Hope for Haiti, an organization focusing on education, nutrition and healthcare. “We’re overwhelmed by Go Daddy’s quick response and generous contribution,” said Hope for Haiti Executive Director Elizabeth Davison. “We plan to use this money to help rebuild the hospital and the orphanage in Port-au-Prince.”
Google has also moved quickly to mobilize resources to funnel resources to the devastated Caribbean nation, posting a Disaster Relief in Haiti page and linking it from the Google.com home page, probably the most visited page on the Web. Google Earth has been updated with post-earthquake satellite images of Haiti, which can provide a glimpse of conditions in specific areas, and is likely to be a key resource for relatives as well as news organizations covering the crisis.