How To Help People On the Island Of Haiti

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How To Help People On the Island Of Haiti

There some things you can do if you want to know how to help people that reside on the island of Haiti.  Thousands need immediate assistance after experiencing a devastating earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 that exceeded 7.0 (some reports say 7.2 and others claim 7.3).

Not only did the earthquake crumble the Haiti Presidential palace, but as many as 100 UN staff are among those believed to be dead after the destruction at the UN headquarters.  The Red Cross suspects that approximately three million people will ultimately be affected be the quake.  Collapsed hospitals and other buildings have blocked roads, preventing the emergency response teams located on the island from providing  help.  Needless to say, the electrical power has been affected and communication is difficult.

Authorities have begun the difficult and dismal task of search and rescue for the thousands still suspected of being trapped and buried under the excessive rubble and debris.  Providing help to the people in Haiti will involve a huge worldwide relief effort.  The British, Spanish and other international aid agencies have already begun rushing assistance to the island.

Experts say Haiti has not experienced an earthquake of this magnitude in 200 years.  All the volunteer help, financial aid and material assistance available is needed in Haiti.  Just how to aid the Haitian people through this crucial time is on the minds of many people right now.

Haiti Earthquake Affect Families Worldwide

The Haiti earthquake affects families worldwide, in one way or another.  People all across the nation who have family friends and loved ones in Haiti are still trying desperately to make contact via phone and internet.  In most cases, it is to no avail.  News photographs showed horrified residents sleeping in the streets of Port-au-Prince, one of the hardest hit areas.  This is only about ten miles from the Haitian capital .  Port-au-Prince has since experienced more than 30 aftershocks.  Reports say the actual quake was felt as far as the Dominican Republic, however, they reported no major damage.

President Barack Obama has declared that the United States is ready to render immediate assistance.  The country has already geared up to send needed help to the island of Haiti and the Haitian people.  An Associated Press news report quoted president Obama’s white house statement.  The president pledged “a swift, coordinated and aggressive” response to Haiti’s disaster.  The United States began deploying the first teams of rescuers, search dogs and heavy equipment.”  He further went on to say: I have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives.  The people of Haiti will have the full support of the United States in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief — the food, water and medicine — that Haitians will need in the coming days”.  Many organizations like the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team have already begun deploying manpower and supplies to help the Haitians.  :

What Can You Do To Help

The first question that any compassionate person has is “what can you do to help”?   We get up out our warm beds every morning, go to the bathroom, do our personal grooming, get dressed, have breakfast and begin our day.  We do this everyday without giving it another thought, and we can’t imagine doing anything differently.

Even before the devastation that has now gripped the island, the people of Haiti had serious problems that affect their quality of living.  Most live under the most impoverished conditions imaginable.  Many don’t even have a safe shelter with a roof over their heads, let alone a warm bed to get up from, sanitary bathroom facilities or fresh water for personal hygiene.   Not to mention, hunger is a word and feeling that most of the population is familiar with.

With the added destruction that this earthquake has caused, the situation in Haiti is one that demands the attention and assistance from any and everyone who has a mind and heart to help.  So what exactly can you do to help?  There are some basic things sited below.  The information provides standard “emergency assistance” organizations, agencies and services that you can get involved with if you want to help the Haitian people.  But even for those who aren’t in a position to volunteer or help in a monetary or material way, there is something you can do.  SEND YOUR PRAYERS!  No matter what higher source you appeal to, your sincere and heartfelt prayers and positive energy can help the people of Haiti and those sent to assist them.

How You Can Prepare To Help the People On the Island of Haiti

Yow will need to prepare somethings in order to help the people of Haiti in a practical way.  Not everyone is able to drop everything in their lives and get on the next plane to volunteer their services,  so there are many other ways that people can help.  Various hotline numbers have been set up to address a number of growing issues that will unfold.  Many of us here in the United States can’t even begin to imagine the many problems that will inevitably occur as a result of the quake.  Haitian people have learned to endure poverty and become adjusted to living without many of the basic necessities of life.  One can only wonder how they will be able to withstand losing the little bit they already had.

Apart from the PRAYERS that everyone is able to contribute, here are some practical things you can do before contacting one of or more of the many help agencies.

  • Make A List of the Type of Everyday Items You Are Prepared To Donate
  • Go through your home and gather used items that you don’t need, that can be of help
  • Talk to family members and friends to get them to contribute and assist you in your efforts
  • Compile the items you’re prepared to donate and pack them in boxes (don’t seal yet)
  • Contact the agency (or agencies) you want to work with, and get facts about preparing and packing items (such as exactly what can be packed and how.  They may just require you to bring the items in so they can sort and pack things themselves).

Agencies Who You Can Contact To Help

  1. To give to the Red Cross Haiti appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/haitiearthquake or call 08450 535353
  2. To donate through Christian Aid go to www.christianaid.org.uk/haiti-appeal
  3. To give to the Oxfam appeal call 0300 200 1999, visit www.oxfam.org.uk or call in at a local Oxfam shop
  4. To contribute to CARE International UK’s appeal go to  www.careinternational.org.uk

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