Friday, January 15, 2010

haiti relief

Here are some numbers on Haiti:
Haitian Creole, French

95% black
5% mulatto and white

10,714 sq mi
(Similar to Hawaii)

10 million
(Same as Los Angeles County)

Gross Domestic Product:
$790 per person
(US GDP is $47,440 per person)

95% Christian (mostly Catholic)
2.5% Spiritist/Voodoo
1.8% Non-religious/other
[est. 75% of Catholics also involved in Voodoo]

I was very close to going to Haiti for a week with Child Hope Intl. this past July. I really wanted to, but the timing did not work out. They are currently updating their blog with relief efforts from the ground. This country has suffered through rebellions, famines, and now a devastating earthquake.

If you pray, please pray for those still trapped in the rubble, for those trying to locate loved ones, and for the global aid effort. CNN was reporting earlier today that the cemeteries are unable to dig graves fast enough for the bodies. Stay updated here.

Photos from The Boston Globe (a bit graphic):
1 Day After
48 Hours After

If there is a silver lining it is in the way that people are uniting to help. Dozens of organizations are mobilizing and millions of dollars pouring in. If you feel led to give, please check the charity through Charity Navigator. Red Cross has a donate by text message system which is so far proving very successful.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Isaiah 58:12


1 comment:

  1. It's touching to see all the good intentions and the Haitians marching and dancing and trying to maintain hope. I'm hoping that they keep up their spirits and avoid anarchy from breaking lose as the situation degenerates...