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Earthquake In Haiti—We As Individuals Have The Resources To Help

Haiti Twitter earthquake picture

(Update–1/14/10–-I’ve compiled a post of links to individuals and news agencies covering the  situation in Haiti.)

A terrible earthquake and strong aftershocks have hit our hemispheric neighbors in Haiti.

Above is a picture from the disaster.

UNICEF has made an emergency appeal for help for Haiti.

A hospital has collapsed and poorly constructed buildings and homes have been destroyed.

The resources do not exist in Haiti to build things up to earthquake-proof standards.

Haiti was already the poorest nation in our hemisphere.

Here is information about earthquakes. We hear about earthquakes, but do we know what they are?

Haiti has often been struck by natural disasters.

Hurricane Ike, which did so much damage in the United States in 2008, was one of four hurricanes to hit Haiti in that year.

A big cloud of dust has been reported over the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. since the earthquake.  This cloud is thought to have been kicked up by structures knocked down by the earthquake.

Here is a link to an extensive history of Haiti.

Haiti was founded in 1804 by black people–former slaves— who won independence from France.

Here is a profile of Haiti from the BBC.

Most of us are able to write a least a small check for earthquake  relief in Haiti. Think of all the things we waste our money on in day-to-day life.

Here is a link to a list of groups taking money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

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  1. I have skills that I believe would be of help in recovery efforts in haiti. If anyone knows who I could contact to offer my help, please let me know. Thanks

    Comment by Mike | January 13, 2010

  2. Mike–You should contact a relief agency. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 13, 2010

  3. Donations can also be made to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund – http://www.unitedwayworldwidedisasterfund.org

    Comment by Newton | January 13, 2010

  4. Mike – There may be some information at http://www.211.org regarding volunteering or donating professional services. Whether they are Haiti-specific, I’m not sure but may provide a starting point.

    Comment by Newton | January 13, 2010

  5. Mike–If you’re a doctor, nurse, or first-responder, you could contact Doctors without Borders. http://doctorswithoutborders.org/ They are also accepting donations.

    Comment by Sarah V. | January 13, 2010

  6. they are tired and starving
    imagine what it must be like
    with one shake
    all is gone
    all is lost

    children, mothers, fathers
    aunts, uncles neighbors
    cities and churches
    and stores and jobs

    no water, no food, no where to go
    lost in the dark
    no phones, no tv, no radio
    no way to cry for help
    no one to cry to

    their time in the spotlight
    unclothed bl33eding
    dy!ing in the streets

    cameras,crews, white people
    with microphones
    and button down shirts
    getting all ch0ked up

    they must be m@d and confused
    they must want to scr3am
    I am sure they will feel thankful
    when the help arrives

    years of neglect
    left to d!e poor
    beautiful haiti waits

    we see the planes and bl00d drives
    and the food drives
    the red cross on the news
    heads all talking in such a nervous way

    haiti is on its knees
    haiti is on its back
    haiti help is coming
    please h@ng on
    the world is coming haiti
    water, food, medicine,
    we are coming
    and we wont leave you again

    Comment by bill brady | January 15, 2010

  7. Bill, well said!

    Comment by Newton | January 15, 2010

  8. Good work Bill.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 18, 2010

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