Come on world, let’s step up and help.
By now if you have not heard about the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas, we’d like to know what rock you live under.
An already hardscrabble nation before the quake, now has lost an estimated 100,000 people, its fragile infrastructure decimated and the few threads of a social support network which existed there torn to bits.
I can’t help but think about the orphanages crushed in this earthquake. During a train ride this past fall to Montreal I met a woman who had been to Haiti a few times to first adopt a child and then to try and better the lot of children living in these orphanages.
This fellow VIA Rail passenger described in great detail the crumbling and shoddy building these children looking for new homes were living in. She described how tough and rough the streets were there and how much Haiti resembled a Third World Country forgotten by all of us.
When I heard of the quake, my thoughts immediately went to those children, simple young souls with no families awaiting new ones. I then wondered how much more unfair an already unfair life had become for them. My heart sank.
Speaking of heart’s sinking, here is Michaelle Jean, Canada’s Haitian-born governor-general making a heartfelt plea for her Haiti. Safe to say she speaks for all us in Canada:
The world has mobilized to no one’s surprise and now the challenge is access and making sure the help gets to where it is needed. If you still doubt if even one dollar or article of clothing donated by you won’t help, watch this video:
Links You Should Know:
CANADIAN RED CROSS : www.redcross.ca
AMERICAN RED CROSS: www.redcross.org
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: www.msf.ca
SALVATION ARMY: www.salvationarmy.ca
WORLD VISION CANADA: www.worldvision.ca
Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at 1-800-387-3124.