I wasn’t much of an online person when Katrina hit or when the tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in an instant. Seeing a crisis unfold via my computer screen is very new to me. Late Tuesday I started seeing messages from my tweeps about an earthquake in Haiti. BEFORE it was reported on television. Then, yesterday I was absolutely overwhelmed with images. Someone in Haiti can take a photograph or a video (with a PHONE) and it will circle the globe via the internet within minutes. “Happening now” really means happening now. I’ve never seen anything like the information coming out of Haiti and I am overwhelmed.
I’m also a little indignant over the Haitian government having neglected its people and infrastructure for so long that they are incapable of helping themselves in a crisis. They have NOTHING: no backhoes, no heavy lifting equipment, no shovels, no disaster response, no adequate hospitals. Just their bare hands. Voices can be heard crying out for help from beneath piles of rubble, but no one has the tools needed to rescue them. They are going to die. Dead bodies line the streets, streets that are also serving as beds for those who can’t go home.
They are suffering, not just from the earthquake, but because of their poverty.
I am especially burdened for the children and those who have been orphaned as a result of this tragedy. I trust Compassion will care for Haiti’s youngest victims.
I know, if you feel anything like what I’m feeling, you want to do something to help. Whether you can give a little or a lot, I want to encourage you to give SOMETHING to the relief efforts in Haiti through Compassion International. Compassion already has people on the ground in Haiti and Dominican Republic. Our donations will help them provide relief to those in critical need.
What I like most about giving my money to Compassion is that I know the people serving the poor in Haiti will STILL BE THERE A YEAR FROM NOW. Compassion teams will stay in Haiti, while most of the relief teams scurrying to get there today will leave when their work is done. Like I said, the worst of Haiti isn’t the earthquake…it’s the extreme poverty.
All funds raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to provide for Compassion-assisted children and families affected by this crisis. Any funds raised in excess will be stewarded by Compassion for additional and future disaster relief efforts.
You can provide immediate relief today.
• $35 helps provide a relief pack filled with enough food and water to sustain a family for one week.
• $70 gift helps care for their needs for two weeks.
• $105 helps provide relief packs filled with enough food and water to sustain two families for two weeks.
• $210 gift helps care for two families’ needs.
• $525 helps provide relief packs filled with enough food and water to sustain 10 families for two weeks.
• $1,050 gift helps care for 10 families’ needs.
• $1,500 helps rebuild a home.
• $2,100 helps supply 20 families with the basics for three weeks.
Not only that, but Compassion is already partnered with the local church in Haiti. They know the language, they know the people, they know the way of life in Haiti. According to one blogger who lives and ministers in Haiti, “If you don’t speak Creole/Kreyol AND/OR don’t have the ability to work with injured people – you should NOT come. We cannot feed you and we don’t have a place to house you.”