IMPACT
04/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Organization Helps Anyone Send A Tent To Haiti

As the rainy season quickly approaches in Haiti, hundreds of thousands are still in need of waterproof shelter.

Haiti's president has asked for 200,000 tents for Haitians, including himself.

However, not everyone is in favor of providing tent shelters for Haiti's homeless, AP reports.

Foreign governments, aid groups and Haitian officials have decided that tents take up too much space and will not last long enough.

"Tents are great, they're a lot better than nothing, but they basically impede the process of economic development and reconstruction," said Lewis Lucke, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Relief and Reconstruction.

Instead, 250,000 families will get one sheet of plastic each between now and May 1, and will later receive temporary, earthquake-resistant structures of metal and wood. If those numbers hold up, they will help about 60 percent of the population in need.

That means many homeless will go wholly unaided. The donation site, ahomeinhaiti.org, hopes to make it easier for people to shelter Haitians by providing various ways to purchase and send waterproof tents to the country.

When you purchase waterproof tents or donate cash directly, it will provide an immediate home in Haiti for people that so desperately need it. These tents are Phase 1 of our long-term project, but are not debatable or optional.

The Web site gives you the option of purchasing tents from a variety of approved models on their Amazon.com page, and then shipping the tents directly to their organization for distribution.

Or, you can make a donation to them directly via PayPal.