January 14, 2010 Heart for Haiti

Yesterday the word “Haiti” kept popping up in people’s Facebook statuses.

“Mark, do you know anything happening in Haiti?” I hollered.


And so I googled Haiti. “Oh, an earthquake happened” I told him. Then closed that window and went back to Facebook or whatever trivial thing I was doing.

Today, was a bit of a crazy day – the snow decided to throw my car in a ditch (we’re fine) and Madi was home sick and just life happened. Finally tonight as it approached midnight I thought… hmmm… I should google that Haiti thing again.

My word.

I can not remember the last time I felt physically sick over news. What I can’t wrap my head around is how I can be here at home wasting time – well there are 100,000+ people dead. Gone. Hospitals – gone. Jails – gone. Schools – gone.

In case you – like me – are going “Haiti what?” let me share some of what I just read.

As survivors of the magnitude-7 earthquake prepared to spend a second night on the streets, Haitian President René Preval said the destruction was “unimaginable.” Up to 100,000 people are feared dead, including at least 16 U.N. peacekeepers. “Parliament has collapsed,” Préval told The Miami Herald. “The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed. There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them.” Prisons also have been destroyed and inmates have escaped, adding to the chaos.

The quake affected roughly one in three Haitians — about 3 million people, the Red Cross estimated.

None of three aid centers run by Doctors without Borders in Haiti is operable, the group says.

From Anderson Cooper in Port-au-Prince: “The only thing to compare it to is Hurricane Katrina. But in the last 30 minutes — or the last hour that I’ve been driving, I’ve seen probably 20 to 25 bodies on the streets. And that’s just on the main avenues in downtown Port-au-Prince.”

Doctors Without Borders has about 800 staff in Haiti, many of whom have not been accounted for.

Having gone down to New Orleans a couple years after Katrina and still so much was not done and this within the United States!!…. makes me worry about what will happen to a country that went into this crisis poor and broken. This is a crisis that will last for many, many, many years. I think what comes to mind is the need to remember. Remember Haiti in our prayers daily now. Remember Haiti in a year. And then a year after that… And a year after that. It’s so easy for us to forget. To close our eyes, and go on our merry way.

I’ve cried until my eyes hurt. I looked at the images and read the news until my stomach threatened to revolt. I long to do something. I sit here and pray – for what I’m not even sure.

And remember to give. Any little bit helps. A few of my favourite charities who are reputable…

World Vision

Salvation Army
and I just got 680 News’ Newsletter in my inbox and they had a link to other charities...

Today let’s not complain about out clothes, our home, our kids, our food, our car, our extra pounds…

Instead let’s be thankful we have clothes, a home, kids, food, car, and life.

Tonight more than ever… celebrating life and love,


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