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26 Jan

How to help the people of Haiti

From the New York Times:

One of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, Haiti in recent years has struggled with problems ranging from near-constant political upheaval, health crises, severe environmental degradation and annual barrage of hurricanes.

On Jan. 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. A preliminary assessment from Haiti’s government put the body count at 150,000 on Jan. 23. The devastation created serious obstacles to those attempting to deliver promised foreign aid.

Huge swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins, and thousands of people were trapped in the rubble of government buildings, foreign aid offices and shantytowns. Schools, hospitals and a prison collapsed.

Haiti occupies an area roughly the size of Maryland on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Nearly all of the 8.7 million residents are of African descent and speak Creole and French. The capital is Port-au-Prince.

The country is, by a significant margin, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with four out of five people living in poverty and more than half in abject poverty.

Many organizations are working together to help the nation of Haiti in its darkest hour, in its deepest need. One of those organizations is Samaritan’s Purse International.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP (from Samaritan’s Purse)

PRAY:

  • For the Haitian people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the earthquake.
  • That our work would clearly communicate God’s love and concern for the quake survivors.
  • For our team’s physical, mental, and emotional welfare as they face many challenges through the days.
  • There is a great Google page that has most of the organizations listed on it and Google is donating $1,000,000 as well. Click here to visit the Google page for Haiti relief.

    Please disregard the ignorant comments on the youtube video – some people have no class.

    Also accepting cash and in-kind donations are the following sites: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee, Care, William J. Clinton Foundation, Meds & Food For Kids, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Mayor’s Fund for NYC, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), Interaction

    If you can do nothing else, please pray for the people of Haiti and for all of the international workers who are there to help.

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