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Why is it that less developed or poorer parts of the world seem to get hit the hardest? Whether it be by war, poverty, or natural disasters, they seem to usually be the main target.

You’ve probably heard by now (and if you haven’t well then you’re living under a rock, buried deep in the earth’s core) about the devastating situation in Haiti. It’s nothing short of heart wrenching.

I read somewhere that a massive cloud of smoke from the collapsed buildings could be seen when the earthquake hit. The capital is literally nothing but rubble.

Hundreds of thousands remain missing. My organization is still trying to account for all of our staff members there. Some have been located, but not all. Several others – even the UN – continue the search for their people as well.

The Haitian government itself, which has been critically hit, seems unable to help its own people, while medical and food supplies are running severely low as bodies pile up.

Yet with all the wreckage and helplessness, many lending hands are reaching out. The US, China, Dominican Republic, France, and Brazil are sending search and rescue teams. International organizations along with local ones are gathering up funds, food and volunteers to dispatch to this little country in the Caribbean.

A close friend of mine even asked if there was some way she could volunteer to lend her own hand to bring those out of the rubble.

It’s times like these that I’m amazed and in awe of how the world community can come together to help those in desperate need.

Hope remains.

If you want to help, please click on one of the following links:

International Red Cross
Direct Relief International
UN World Food Programme
More links here

For volunteer information click on these links:

USA Freedom Corps
Volunteers for Prosperity

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for posting these great links, Marie. Tight hugs.

    January 14, 2010
  2. Meghan #

    Just devastating. Thanks for letting us know how we can help, every little bit helps.

    January 14, 2010
  3. Heartwrenching indeed. Thanks for these links, they’re an excellent place to start.

    January 14, 2010
  4. Thanks for adding the links. Hope you all find everyone you’re looking for…

    January 14, 2010
  5. They do always seem to be hit the hardest. I think it has a lot to do with how vulnerable they are, infrastructure-wise, etc. It’s just like everything else: we have to help them invest in preparation, not just recovery. But the recovery is essential now. Thanks for ways to help.

    January 14, 2010
  6. The willingness of so many people to come forward and help Haiti as much as possible is amazing. It’s just so unfortunate that a disaster such as this is what it takes for many of us to be motivated.

    January 19, 2010

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