Today, January 12th, marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This remains the largest disaster to strike the country in centuries. More than 220,000 lives were lost and countless families were fractured with 750,000 children directly affected. Still today, more than 1 million people remain displaced. On top of that, in a different area of Haiti which was not affected by the earthquake, there was a cholera outbreak near the end of 2010, killing thousands in a matter of weeks.
A Haitian life is worth the same in God’s eyes as an American life. Even one dollar makes a difference We all have the power to make a difference and have the responsibility to do so, to extend to others the blessings that we have been given. This is about humanity, it’s about people caring about people.
Before the earthquake the average Haitian lives on less than $2 a day. Just under 50 percent of Haitians cannot read, more than two-thirds are unemployed, over half are malnourished. This is a country riddled with poverty where mothers have to sell their children into servitude in exchange for their kid’s education and well being. Even aside from the earthquake, Haiti is a simmering crisis, not splashy enough to force the world to care, according to foreign aid groups working here.
Open your heart, lend a hand, change a life. Just $10 can provide a year’s supply of water purification tablets for a child in Haiti.
Join UNICEF Haiti- 365 today. Stand with them. Be their voice.