Why help Haiti? Haitians are extremely vulnerable because of poor infrastructure and extreme poverty (poorest in the Western Hemisphere). We can take care of the poor in crisis.
- Haitians are a people in crisis and need all the help possible. It is our duty to love [and help] our neighbor as we love ourselves.
- Because we have too much. Haitians live under $2 a day. That’s the prize of a bottle of water!
- Through prayer we can make quite an impact: “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results (James 5:16).”
How to pray for Haitians? If you are a person of faith, please join others as we intercede together for the people of Haiti. If you have never prayed before, consider making an exception for others and see what happens.
- Pray for God to bring Peace among the people and prevent violence, riots, and more crime.
- Pray for healing to those who are broken in body and/or in spirit.
- Pray for refuge for those who are homeless, have no clothes and nothing to eat.
- Pray for the local government to lead selflessly and efficiently.
- Pray for the nations of the world to be moved with compassion and a desire to serve.
- Pray that survivors do not lose hope and will look upward for faith, understanding, hope, and love.
- Pray for unity and reconciliation among the Haitian people.
- Pray for a deeper global understanding and solidarity between the wealthy and the poor.
“Haiti is a country where a tiny transnational clique of wealthy and well-connected families maintains a grip on industrial production, international trade, and political and social life. Meanwhile, 80% of their fellow citizens live in poverty, with 75% surviving on less than $2/day; 70% are unemployed; life expectancy is 52 years; infant mortality is 62 per 1,000 live births; there is a raging health crisis with grave HIV/AIDS infection rates, and the list goes on (Peter Hallward, Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment. Quoted by Niraj Joshi, Global Research.)
Other ways to Help and Where to Give: The least we can do is pray and give generously. Give today and skip a meal if necessary. Skip a meal or a weekend activity if necessary. People die everyday because they have nothing no food! One meal less will not kill you. Let’s share what we have with those in greater need!
- Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean’s organization) – Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the YeleHaiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit Yele.org and click on DONATE.
- Doctors without Borders – international medical humanitarian organization (Awarded the Nobel Peace in 1999) committed to bringing quality medical care to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
- Red Cross - Text HAITI to 90999 and automatically donate $10 to Red Cross! Confirm with YES. The donation (coordinated through the White House) will appear on your cell phone bill.
- If you are in Puerto Rico, go to the Hiram Bithorn Coliseum (Hato Rey), Paquito Montaner (Ponce), or Estacion de Bomberos (Yauco) to donate clothes and other relief items such as medicines, blankets, shoes, bottle water, and canned food.
- Save the Children – Providing help to Haiti since the 1980s.
- World Vision – Worked in Haiti for 30 years and has some 370 staff in country. The website also provides information about how to sponsor a child in Haiti or other locations. Click here to donate.
- Cnn.com/impact – plenty of other resources to donate/volunteer compiled by respected journalists.
- How can you help? (Chris Anderson, TED curator)
You may wonder, what will happen after disaster relief??? Recovery takes years. That is why long-term support is critical. Consider giving to Beyond Borders, an organization with a respectable record of sustainable support inHaiti.
God bless the people and the country of Haiti!
L’union fait la Force!
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