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January 20, 2010

Yesterday marked one week since the devastating earthquake that rocked the already fragile nation of Haiti.  Today, despite millions of dollars being raised from around the world, aid is still not getting through to those who so desperately need it.

This morning, an aftershock measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale once again struck fear into these desperate and bewildered people.

Looting is rife, thousands are dead or dying – most from the earthquake, but many more as a result of violence from people within their own communities – and many hundreds of children have been left alone to fend for themselves.

The government has all but disappeared, and its people are forced to rely on outside agencies for help – the people they have been raised to fear and distrust.  How frightening, how utterly hopeless must this situation be for them?

People are talking of rebuilding Haiti.  The truth is, Haiti was not on its feet to begin with.  A situation which has been allowed to continue unchecked for decades has now, by this tragedy, been brought into sharp focus.  We can only hope that some improvement for the people living on the ‘Island of the Damned’ will be forthcoming as a result.

I am all too well aware that there are many things going on in the world at the moment that require all that we have to give and more.  Surely, today, Haiti must be foremost in our thoughts and prayers.  I urge you to click the picture below.  You will be taken to the official ‘Unite for Haiti’ website which gives advice on legitimate charities, fundraising tips, and many other ways to get involved and help.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are playing a vital role in Haiti, so if you can support any organisation – even with the tiniest amount – then they would put your money or your time to excellent use.

Even if you cannot afford to donate, I hope that you will take just a moment to offer a prayer or a thought or a message of hope to those so much less fortunate than ourselves.

Those of you who blog, please take a moment to visit Bloggers Unite and see what you can do to pass the message on to your readers.

An event like this certainly puts some of our perceived trials and tribulations into perspective.  Today, let’s do all we can to make things better for Haiti.  Forever.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2010 19:52

    We made a small donation to the Hospital Albert Schweitzer.They are completely mobbed by people and tragedy. So very sad.

    • bubbleboo permalink
      January 21, 2010 17:07

      Yes, all of the hospitals and aid centres are just overwhelmed, it’s awful.

  2. January 21, 2010 16:10

    We have contributed to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief). One of our young men who works in the church’s after-school program lost seven family members.

    • bubbleboo permalink
      January 21, 2010 17:05

      Gosh, how awful. It’s just on such an incredible, unimaginable scale. I pray that the organisation of aid distribution gets sorted fast.


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