What a disaster. I served HHFH as interpreter briefly in 2003. My daughter went
too as a note-taker for the doctors. We were very impressed with the impact of
the clinic, fitting prosthetic legs to one-legged peasants, treating all sorts
of poor patients, our visits to orphanages to treat sick children, etc. I hope
that this work can be continued. The Mormons have done this work for many years
now, and it has made a difference.
Has any one who has commented on this story actually been there? Haiti may have
been a forsaken place, but as Obama said, we will not forget the people there
who have suffered so much already and need our help. I worked there in 2001 and
saw the USAID food sold in the streets, but now is not the time for pointing
fingers or slapping hands, the poverty there has choked so many well intentioned
organizations, but HHFH has perservered with a very strong work ethic. Their
clinic was a safe haven, the only place many haitians ever received health care.
I commend Jeff and his many volunteers for all that they have done. Now, THIS
is the time for grassroots organization, as much good as the Red Cross and Navy
will do, lets unite as Utahns to sustain organizations like HHFH to rebuild and
get things done. I just co-founded Utahns United for Hatian Earthquake Relief, a
group anyone can join to spread the word and donate, not to us, but link to
sustainable, credible non-profits with Utah connections working in Haiti. We all
need to help!
To the 2:11 commentor, Many well built buildings collapsed. A 7.0
earthquake is quite destructive. It is true is the buildings in Port-au-Prince
had been better built there would have been less destruction, but even the best
built buildings will collapse under some circumstances.
Donations we give but please Drop your Violence..Prayers stress and
PainSaving the people with our timefrom this tragic "EarthQuake"
Aid to those countries suffering from natural disasters do not take the form of
currency; money does little good when there is no one to provide services and
goods. As for history, I would suggest looking at the role of France and the
U.S. in shaping the current state of Haitian poverty, by far the greater impact
than the supposed "pact with the devil".
Its sad and devastating no matter what,but while pouring money into Haiti is
like pouring sand down a gopher hole. Material aid is the best method to
achieving bringing relief to these unfortunate people. If people have been
paying attention over the past15-20 they would notice that the billions of
dollars given to Haiti during these years has the people remaining poor. Why!
Mostly graft greed, thuggery and mis management on the part of the US and Hatian
goverments. Yesterday when Obama promised 100 million dollars and more to come,
who will be there to see if the money goes where it is needed? Has Obama with
his supposed brilliance and leadership never read History?
Mother nature can be good.This is Another World wide Panic!(GodBless
Now what else is thier to do..Prayers we give for those who pray.As
America is always Helping for Aid Emergency to other Countries.Those poor people
are far more inpatient!!The roads are in ruins For reason were running out
of time to get to them.Those people are not turning AFTER To Be A more VIOLENT
persons with SWORDS!!!Its so scary now what to do with all
those dead Bodies more BODYBAGS needed.
While this is terrible, one should always try to turn a bad situation into an
opportunity. i.e. Well, I didn't LIKE that wall anyway! What color
should we make the new one??
I understand the US embassy was not damaged. I guess it was built to US
standards. How come the UN and our own Utah based group did not demand heir
flimsy buildings be built to better standards. This is not the firt earthquake
to hit Haiti, as it has also been damaged by Hurricanes. What plans
are there to reforest this nation?
I dont believe thiersmuch left on thier Island.What a sad year to start
withMother Nature can be pure or give some more Hell in a
Bucket.Mass wake of all the lifeless Bacteria//health risk.Much
Money poured into this small region Bless you All there and those.From All
Over the World to Help this Fragile Islands of the carribbean)))))
The first action is to rescue the trapped. With aftershocks no aid can't get in
right away. And there are millions effected. It will take time.
I am just sending up prayers. It makes you cry thinking of how immense this
tragedy is. I can tell so many people are working so hard to help out any way
they can.The stress from something like this exausts people and they
cannot think straight. Then the lack of food and water really compounds it. I
also hope the huge predictions of the death rate is not as big.
This is quite sad. I hope people are able to get aid in, and those who want
to help are able to do so. I am glad to hear of many people who are
alive. I am even hoping that the dire predictions of the death rate will prove
to be over the top.
to awesomeron: maybe those males who are standing around are in shock because
half their family is buried under the rubble of their house. Or perhaps they've
had nothing to eat or drink in 48 hours. To september gardener:
I'm praying for them too, but I also made a donation to the American Red Cross,
because if anyone can get the needed supplies through to the people who need it,
the Red cross will.
President Bush was blamed, right here in the US, when the people suffered, after
a Hurricane, the people were NOT HELPED OUT, no food, water, or anything could
get through, it was about the inability to get supplies to the people, and the
inaccessible roads. It rotted for OVER a year, some 250 miles away, from where
the people were at, then all went to a landfill. MY gut feeling is the same
will happen here and what little gets there, will be stolden and get sold on
their blackmarket their. Some may make it through, it's been over 24 hours now,
with NOTHING at all, I feel riots will soon break out, looting, and a host of
other social ill's to. None of these comments are found to be abusive,
offensive, off-topic, misrepresentative, more than 200 words, just the truth.
It's human nature. Those people make less then $2 a day and the rest make $1 a
day, they won't wait long to drink fresh water and eat some food. Plus they
need medical help as well. All we can say is "GOD SPEED", hope they get
Jeff is a stud. What a great example.