Photo from the New York Times ©2010

January 17, 2010

Almost everyone has watched the horrific scenes of the unbearable suffering in Haiti flashed across their television screens. Many of us have shed some tears for the people of the country that was crushed by the earthquake. I can no longer watch. It's too unbearably sad to see people suffering and not be able to do something.

Of course, we can all help. We can give whatever we can afford to help the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will reach deeply into their pockets and send money to help the rescue and medical missions in Haiti. yesterday President Obama was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to appeal to Americans to increase efforts to help the people of Haiti. Some have said that the death toll is expected to rise to as high as 200,000.

The New York Times quotes President Obama:
“At this moment, we’re moving forward with one of the largest relief efforts in our history — to save lives and to deliver relief that averts an even larger catastrophe,” Mr. Obama said. He said that Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton “will ensure that this is matched by a historic effort that extends beyond our government, because America has no greater resource than the strength and the compassion of the American people.”
Here is a press release from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund:
On January 12, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti just outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The devastation – in lives lost, property destroyed, and families displaced – is immense.

At the request of President Obama, we are partnering to help the Haitian people reclaim their country and rebuild their lives.

Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned citizens can help is to donate funds that will go directly to supplying these material needs.

Through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, we will work to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors. We will channel the collective goodwill around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families.

We ask each of you to give what you can to help ensure the people of Haiti can build back stronger and better than ever.

Both of us have personally witnessed the tremendous generosity and goodwill of the American people and of our friends around the world to help in times of great need. There is no greater rallying cry for our common humanity than witnessing our neighbors in distress. And, like any good neighbor, we have an obligation and desire to come to their aid.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, and we hope you will donate to this worthwhile cause. The people of Haiti now need our assistance more than ever.

President William J. Clinton
President George W. Bush
You can donate by going to this link: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.


Saipan Writer said...

There are many places you can donate. I like Doctors Without Borders (a/k/a MSF--medecines sans frontiers). UNICEF, the Red Cross, Catholic Charities are all mounting relief efforts.

I urge everyone to donate whatever they can to any reputable organization involved in the relief effort.

Good post, Wendy.