Haiti earthquake tragedy – how you can help

Injured Haitians sit along a road the day after 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Jorge Cruz)

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

UNICEF: www.unicef.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.

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3 thoughts on “Haiti earthquake tragedy – how you can help

  1. Vince. It really is unbearable and yes we must help in any way we can. Yesterday I donated online to Doctors Without Borders aka Medecins Sans Frontieres. It is more than heartbreaking how much the Haitians have suffered for so very long.

  2. Grant

    Along with the Red Cross and UNICEF, Vince, may I also respectfully suggest another worthy organization that is accepting donations towards Haiti earthquake relief. The Salvation Army has been a presence on Haiti the past 60 years, and, according to its Web site, “services offered include 3 medical facilities, social service institutions and dozens of schools serving more than 10,000 children.”

    The Government of Canada will match donations made January 12 to February 12, 2010 by individual Canadians to The Salvation Army for Haiti earthquake relief.

    The link for specific donations to Haiti Earthquake Relief can be found on the Salvation Army Canada main Web site at:
    http://www.salvationarmy.ca/

    The secure donations link is: https://secure.salvationarmy.ca/registrant/donate.aspx?EventID=1871&LangPref=en-CA

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