Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heartache For Haiti

As many of you know, the people of Haiti suffered a 7.0 earthquake last night. I know a lot of people have been keeping them in their thoughts, praying for them, etc and for that I am so thankful. I love to see the outpouring of compassion when our fellow man goes through a catastophe such as they have. For at any time, it could be any one of us in need. The thing is... this isn't an isolated incident for them. They have gone through several hurricanes, rioting, and hunger. This earthquake will do more than shake their homes - it will shake them.

My heart is very personally invested in Haiti. I have sponsored a sweet little girl there for probably close to 7 years now. And right now, I am concerned about her well-being for although she didn't live in Port-Au-Prince, she lived in Le Cayes and I believe her area also was damaged.

Let me give you a glimpse into how she lives on a normal day-to-day basis WITHOUT adding in a hurricane.

Homes where she lives are typically made out of mud/earth/clay/adobe. Roofs are normally out of tin or corrugated iron. Her floor? Usually dirt.

Their average family monthly income is $22. Yes. You read that right. $22.

They have it tough. I mean geez. Many of us spend over $22 to take our families out to dinner. These people have to make that last for their whole family for a month! And with the economy the way it has been? We don't even know the meaning of the word "tough."

With all my heart, I pray that she is okay. There is a good chance that she is. But even if she is physically okay - I can only imagine how terrified she must have been. Maybe she knows others who have been hurt, injured, or even killed. I've already received letters from her talking about hurricanes and wondering if I too had to go through them?

Please, please join with me in praying for the people of Haiti. They need us now more than ever. And if you can, please donate to help in their aid. Right now it is essential that they have water as it is very hot over there. Donate to a reputable organization like the Red Cross, Samaritans Purse, Doctors Without Borders, Compassion International, etc and be careful about who and how you donate to make sure it's legitimate and will indeed go to Haiti.

I found some information here: that has some direct information for you of who to contact and how to donate.

This isn't just a news story. These are people. They hurt when they bleed, they ache when they are hungry, they laugh, giggle, have dreams, get frustrated, pray to the same God we do, and are each unique, special human beings. I think sometimes we forget that. We forget that their is a mother just like us wishing she could clothe her child or feed them more. There is a father wishing he could find work to support his family or put a roof over their heads. They feel just like us. And right now - they need us.

They need you.

2 comments:

Bernadine said...

Praying for the people of Haiti and looking into how I can be of assistance.

Thank you for this post.

Suzanne Eller said...

I'm writing about Haiti tomorrow on my blog, as well. I hope you hear from your Compassion child soon. What a beautiful post.

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