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Over the past few days my heart has broken for Haiti. I have had the opportunity over the past several years to work in orphanages, impoverished villages and aid in hurricane relief in some of the poorest countries around the world. But the images and survivor stories coming out of Haiti leave me with a heavy, heavy heart.
For those who know little about Haiti, they are the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. About 80% of the population were estimated to be living in poverty on $2 or less per day. 50% of the population are children under 20 and half of them are unvaccinated. Poverty has forced many of these children in slavery as unpaid household servants.
Even before the earthquake their situation was dire. Now, even more so. They need our help for food, water, shelter and medical supplies. There are numerous ways you can help – even if you don’t have a penny to spend. Here’s how:
Pray: Lift up the nation of Haiti in prayer. Pray for peace, comfort, hope and above all for miracles.
Give: There two organizations I personally would like to support:
- Compassion International: This is an organization dedicated to help children who are living in poverty. With the majority of Haiti’s population under 20, many of whom are now fatherless and motherless, this organization has a daunting task ahead.
- Red Cross: This is an organization known around the world as one of the first responders in crisis situations. Any amount will help bring food, water and medical supplies to those in need. Donate HERE or Text “Haiti” to 90999. This will send a $10 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
Regardless the amount you can give, the people of Haiti will be grateful for any amount. When you live on $2 a day, any amount can mean a world of difference.
Blog: Now is the time to show the world how powerful social media can be. There are numerous bloggers around the web today concentrating their efforts to help Haiti. Many of them have creative ways they are helping. It may be a donation for every comment, a raffle for advertising space or a mass prayer vigil. But by visiting their sites and linking up, you can help the Haitian relief efforts. A huge thanks to Money Saving Mom for coordinating the efforts.
Use the linky below to link to your post about how you’re helping Haiti. Don’t have a blog? Leave a comment.
For every blog link posted today (1/15) about Haiti, I will donate $2 and for every comment saying how you have helped, I will donate $1 to be split evenly between Compassion International and the Red Cross.
Thank you for participating. I know together we can make a huge impact.
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