Haiti

Being a parent, I can not imagine the horror that is going on in Haiti. The dreams of the children no more, no smiles; just screams of pain and terror.  Loved one’s lost, dead, badly hurt with no medical attention available, no food or water, no where to rest a tired head, no toys for the children, no one to tell the children that it will be okay, that help is on the way, and in fact no one to tell that exact same thing to the parents, adults of the nation.  People digging or trying to at best to get to loved one’s that are either still screaming in terror and pain or to uncover their loved one’s whom are now silent because death took them before they could get to them.  The devastation and destruction are more than my mind, heart and soul can bear.  The pictures and news stories here in America don’t hide anything.  There are people, children lying on the side of the road already deceased or just about to be.  As I was watching the news coverage last night, the one thing that struck me was that there were very few children they were showing, are they the one’s stuck in hideous holes, concrete tombs, waiting for someone to bless them so their souls can move on?  Or was the news coverage trying to save people like me the heart ache of knowing what the true destruction is down there?  Statistics tell us that about 50% of people in Haiti are children and 39% of the people of Haiti are under the age of 15.  That right there tells me more than I can imagine of the carnage that has happened.  Everything and I mean everything is damaged, destroyed; I mean the Presidential Palace has crumbled along with the prison so not only are these people unsafe from the structures, the weather, the aftershocks, no food or water but they also have to fear that criminals may hurt them.  The news told us about gun shots ringing in the air, in the plazas; would those have been from people trying to protect themselves from the hardened criminals or putting someone out of their misery?  Again I have to say I just can not imagine.  Haiti we hear you, we are coming to help.

Please if you can donate anything, any amount of money at this point would be help.  Last night before I went to bed The Red Cross  had said that already they had gotten over a million dollars in donations, but that’s not enough, they need more. Please if you can donate money go to http://www.redcross.org/ . This is also the link for Cnn that takes you to many other links to help out so many organizations that are legit and you can be sure that any money you donate will go to Haiti and Haiti alone.

Haiti, I promise you we are coming to help!

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11 thoughts on “Haiti

  1. Everytime some disaster hits, it seems to take days before we get any help there. I sit watching the television thinking, WTF? Why don’t we have flying mobile hospitals that we can land places and just operate right out of the planes? Why don’t we have cell transmitters on balloons that we can deploy to restore emergency communications? Why can’t we fly in search and rescue people in a matter of a few hours? It’s not like Haiti is far away.

    But we can’t, because we’re never ready. It’s just like Katrina. We’re never ready for a disaster. At it will happen again and again and again. Will we every prepare?

    • Supposedly, this “bad” economy is the “bust” after a “boom.” Rather than grabbing up all that wealth just to flush it all away, why didn’t “our great leaders” think to focus some of it into repairing all the things we’ve left to crumble around us, and to prepare for the unforeseen disasters to come?

    • We have to remember (and as horrible as this is going to sound) that Haiti is not our country, not our soil. They have their own government, own President and even if we don’t like the way he runs his country, we have to sit back and wait for him to ask for help. I don’t like it but that is how everything has to be run. We’re there now and that is what we need to concentrate on, we’re there helping now and that was a lot quicker than the last disaster that we had to help with. We’re learning, as much of a super power that we are, we still have a lot of learning to do.

  2. I’ve been struggling with my feeling here, and thinking that I need to say something! But I’ve been just too damned upset to get my words together. Thanks you for saying what I could not! Bless you, my friend. 😐

    • It was a hard post to write and if you’ll notice how abruptly the first part stop to go to the links for donations, I just couldn’t write anymore. :/ And a huge bless you to you, Mak.

  3. Well written and researched.

    It’s a terrible tragedy, but the thing that gladdens my heart is the massive wave of humanity that has appeared. There will always be people with cold hearts ready to scam people with fake donation sites, or blame the victims of this earthquake for their misfortune, but we mustn’t forget that ultimately, we are one planet, one community and whether we give money, food, clothes, positive vibes, rituals or prayer, it shows we care.

  4. Well, here’s a good chance for us alcoholics to get outside ourselves for a bit.

    Ay one of my regular meetings yesterday there was one member who works for a church-based relief organization (and whose actually lived in Haiti) who was feeling quite overwhelmed by the whole thing. Interestingly, she noted, accurately I believe, that there is some real “heavy lifting” to be done before your more standard relief work can even begin.

    Another woman, who works for a UN agency (I’m writing from New York), was feeling much the same.

    Anyway, I’ve spent a little time in Port-au-Prince and the southern coast of Haiti and, while this was twenty years ago, I feel secure in saying that Haiti is a wretched, miserable place on the best of days. That is to say, to be born Haitian is not generally considered to have hit the jackpot. When folks say they’re heading to the Caribbean for a little vacation they are rarely referring to a couple of weeks in Haiti.

    Well, anything we do will be too little, but we’d best get after it.

    I wonder if there’s a way to make a donation to AA in Haiti. Lord knows the drunks down there are going to need some support.

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