Cholera Update from Eben-ezer Clinic: Oct 25, 2011
Just one year after it was discovered in Haiti and just shy of a year of when Eben-ezer Clinic accepted its first patient, cholera is on the rise again.
Since November of last year, the Eben-ezer Clinic cholera treatment centre (CTC) has treated approximately 3,000 patients. After the initial outbreak, the number of cases began to decrease steadily in the new year and by March or April, the CTC was treating less than 10 patients a day. Over the spring and summer months, the CTC remained open to treat 3 or 4 patients per day with staff from Eben-ezer Clinic and nurses provided by the Ministry of Public Health in Haiti.
In the past couple of weeks, the number of cases began to increase to about 20 by last week. Over this weekend, the numbers surged and we are currently treating 60 patients.
We cannot do this alone. Over the past year, we have received generous financial support from several organizations and individuals in Canada, the United States as well as Doctors without Borders and the Haitian Government and we are grateful. To continue to operate the CTC and provide quality care, we are asking again for your financial support.
We need to increase the number of nurses and support staff in the CTC to ensure quality of care for our patients. Cholera is a treatable disease if caught early enough and given the proper attention.
The Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada, one of Eben-ezer Clinic’s partners, is accepting donations for cholera relief. To make a donation by cheque, please make it payable to:
Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada
PO Box 34025, RPO Fort Richmond
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5T5
Please include a note that it is for Haiti Cholera Relief.
To donate online, please follow this link http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s12866 and designate your gift to “Haiti Clinic” from the drop down box and write “cholera relief” in the comment box.
Tax receipts will be provided.
Please pray for the patients and as well as the staff and board of Eben-ezer Clinic as we face this challenge again.
Dr. Manno (from his email, sent Oct 25, 2011)
Haiti Series: Changes Lives, Covenant News Ariticles
Stan Friedman from Covenant News Service accompanied a medical team providing care to Haiti residents during a two-week mission.
A clinic opened in January by Covenant World Relief partner Medical Teams International (MTI) provides the only on-site health services to the 30,000 residents in the new tent city of Canaan just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti…
to read more: http://www.covchurch.org/news/tag/haiti/
Haiti Cholera Outbreak Worsens
The following CBC video describes a little of what is taking place in Haiti. Click here to watch.
Cap-Haitien has become the epicenter of cholera in Haiti. Dr Manno and the clinic report that they are over run with cholera cases and it’s taking it is putting an extra strain on the clinic in the form of the need for additional staff, medical supplies and financial support. If you feel led to help, brochures are available on the Welcome Desk and updates are posted on the Missions bulletin board.
If you feel led to help, tax receipted donations can be given online at CanadaHelps.org. Choose ‘Haiti Clinic’ under ‘Fund/Designation’ and make sure to put ‘cholera’ in the ‘message/instructions’ section of the donation form. Every little bit helps.
November 2010 entry from missionary Dr. Steve James and his call for medical supplies for Ebenezer Community Health Centre.
“As the skies above us darken with the approaching tropical storm Tomas, new cholera cases appear in Cap Haitian and the north of Haiti. We are in the midst of helping the Haitian Department of Health secure medical supplies for northern communities as we also are trying to treat the sickest and educate everyone we meet. It is more than a “three-ring circus” of ministry these days!
Lead, Kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.”
Yesterday, I was called early to the Ebenezer Community Health Center to help with 10 year old Willy who was near death from cholera dehydration. Willy is the first case of cholera the health center had received. More and more cases of cholera have been moving north. Willy had only been sick 12 hours and was severely dehydrated in shock. Their neighbor, a 22 year old young man, had died from diarrhea during the night.
Thanks to God, prayer, and the Ebenezer Clinic’s Christian medical team, who have been educated, prepared, and mobilized for this latest challenge, we were able to find a vein, start IV fluids, and in a few hours Willy’s life was saved.
Willy’s family and many from the community, hearing of the first cholera case in this community, came to see Willy. We did not lose the opportunity to educate all those who came by in this new disease for Haiti, cholera, its prevention, water safety methods, such as water purification by sun exposure for the poorest of the poor (www.SODIS.ch), personal hygiene, and sanitation.
Willy’s family are believers in Jesus and were praising Him with grateful hearts as they took Willy home at the end of the day now hungry and asking for food, having received 3 liters of fluids, drinking oral rehydration solution without more vomiting, and the diarrhea having stopped.
On Tuesday, November 2, we received word that the Health Department, through the efforts of Missionary Flights International and Medical Ambassadors with whom we have been working closely, received 200 cots for their northern Cholera Treatment Center that accepts patients requiring IV rehydration. Without cots patients would lie on the ground, spreading cholera into the watershed.
On the prior day, again thanks to Medical Ambassadors of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canada, and financial gifts from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and International Ministries, crucial medical supplies for use in local clinics were purchased in the Dominican Republic and brought over land to Cap Haitian. Today, November 3, we are again involved in trucking medical supplies from the Dominican Republic to Cap Haitian to assist the Haitian Ministry of Health.”
How can we help?
Many are asking how they can be of help in this cholera challenge. Here is a list of immediate needs:
1. Pray for all of us in Haiti
2. Raise money to purchase and transport supplies already in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Donations designated for cholera relief in Haiti may be sent to the partners with whom we are working:
Online donations can be sent to the Covenant denomination at:
www.canadacovenantchurch.org and select ‘Online Giving’ on the left and make sure to put ‘cholera’ in the ‘message/instructions’ section of the donation form.
3. Send any of the following supplies to Haiti:
• IV fluids (Ringers Lactate is most needed)
• oral rehydration salts, i.e. Pedialyte
• disinfectants such as Chlorox wipes, hand soap (i.e. hotel soaps), hand sanitizer
• rolled bandages
• antibiotics (erythromycin and azithromycin for children; pregnant
patients, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, tetracycline)
• disposable non-sterile gloves
Supplies can be shipped to us either by Missionary Flights International at the address above or to our mailing address:
Agape Flights 1369
100 Airport Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
For the sake of Haitian Customs please mail us a letter via Agape Air on your church’s or organization’s letterhead stating that the supplies you are shipping are intended for the medical work of the Haitian Ministry of Health, the Medical Ambassadors of Haiti and the Haitian Baptist Convention, all organizations registered with the Haitian Government? Include also on letterhead a list of the supplies being shipped.
Please email us about shipments before you send them. Thank you!
We are truly together in these challenging days, and we can feel your love, your prayers, and your support for all of us.
All in Christ-God,
Nancy B. James RN
Stephen W. James MD
July 8, 2010 Update
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Port au Prince area of Haiti. It is estimated that over 200,000 people lost their lives and close to 1 million people lost their homes and were forced to relocate to other parts of the country or in tent cities amidst the rubble. In the two weeks following the quake, the world watched Haiti intently and gave generously to the relief efforts. Within hours, military and organizations (large and small) from around the world descended on Haiti to help.
Those who live in the north of Haiti (about a 250 km drive away) felt the earthquake as well. Although there was little physical damage, the damage was still felt here as many people lost loved ones in Port au Prince and we began to receive many Internally Displaced People (IDPs) as they migrated north to start a new life. Amidst this, Ebenezer Clinic in Haut Limbe began to look for a way that they too could respond to the needs of those affected by the earthquake. In the first two weeks following the quake, the clinic decided to provide free services to all of its patients, most of who had come from Port au Prince. In that period, the clinic saw approximately 2,000 patients. In addition, they began to look for ways to directly provide relief in Port au Prince. Through the generosity of donors like the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada, Geneva Global, Mission of Mercy and numerous other Canadian and American individuals, Ebenezer Clinic created a strategy to adopt two communities in Port au Prince that had not yet received help.
Here is an excerpt of the journal of Janelle Peterson during 2 day trip to Port au Prince to observe the relief work of Ebenezer Clinic.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I woke up at 4:30 this morning as we were supposed to leave at 5 to go to Port au Prince. We (5 clinic staff including a doctor, lab technician, and pharmacist plus myself) are going to do mobile clinics at two of the sites that Ebenezer Clinic helped after the earthquake that happened just 6 months and a day ago. None of us have visited the sites before and only a few of us have been to Port since the earthquake. 6 am rolls around and we finally load ourselves and the medication into the truck to begin the 250 km (or 6 hour drive) to Port au Prince.
It’s a long and bumpy ride. The National Road is in some dire need of maintenance – it doesn’t quite compare to Hwy #1 in Canada. The first 2 hours to Gonaives include ascending and descending two mountain passes (without guard rails), dodging pot holes every 50 ft and bumping along coarse gravel parts. There are 4 of us sitting in the backseat of the truck – which helps with holding you in place over the bumps, but after just two hours, my legs begin to turn numb.
We begin to approach Gonaives, which has suffered its own bout of destruction through hurricanes in the past few years. I can’t help but notice all of the signs that outside donors (NGO’s and governments) have posted along the road to show their projects. It’s discouraging to see because although the signs are posted there, any true sign of progress or development is not evident. I wonder if Port au Prince will look like that in two years.
Once we pass Gonaives and get close to Saint Marc, the road becomes much smoother and we can zip along at 60 mph. The condition of the road is a reminder to me of the disparity between the north (where I live) and the south (Port au Prince) in Haiti. As we approach the outskirts of Port, we begin to see the first tent cities set up in the open fields. For those in the truck who are coming to Port for the first time, they are overwhelmed by this sight. It’s hard to imagine that people fled the city and their crumbled homes to find refuge in an open field with only a couple tarps or sheets for shelter.
It’s about noon and we arrive at the first site, Dubuisson. We aren’t that far into Port and you begin to see the damage of the earthquake. Buildings lay crumbled with people going on with life around them. Any open yard is filled with makeshift tents and usually has a sign posted outside it reading “we need help”. I’m guessing that the UN didn’t make it there. We pull up to a gate and enter a large yard with a few buildings in it. After we park, we can see a group of people waiting under the shade of the trees for the mobile clinic to begin. To the right, I can see the shelters that Ebenezer helped to construct over the past few months.
We meet Madeline, who works for the organization ANK – Ansam Nap Kenbe (Together We’re Holding/Keeping), which is the local group that Ebenezer Clinic partnered with in this area. She shows us how they’ve set up for the mobile clinic, and the clinic staff get right to work to start seeing patients. We’ve also hired 3 other local doctors to help Dr. Joselie out. As they get to work, I help by cutting blank paper in half to be used as patient dossier/prescription pads. At first there doesn’t appear to be a lot of people waiting, but as time goes on, more and more people arrive.
Soon Max, our host, invites me to come and see more closely the construction projects. The shelters built here provide permanent housing for 33 families. The families who are here gathered at the site from the surrounding area after the earthquake as their homes were destroyed. Before the earthquake, the yard belonged to one or two families (who probably live in the United States) where they were in the process of building large vacation homes, that now stand partly constructed and partly destroyed.
Max proudly shows me the shelters and introduces me some of the families along the way. A young girl, maybe 8 or 9, befriends me and holds onto my hand as we walk along. Each family has a space, maybe 10x10, to live in. There are heavy tarps on 3 sides, with metal sheeting for the roof to keep the rain out. One woman proudly shows me her kitchen area in a corner of the room where she is cooking lunch. Everyone has their belongings neatly stored around the edges. People seem generally happy and content with their current living conditions. I learn later, that many people were living out in the yard without any more protection than a bed sheet before hand. Now, people know that when the rains come, they can stay dry during the night. As we get to the back of the property, Max shows me two latrines that we built. Though they lack some privacy, they provide help provide some proper sanitation.
The doctors consult more than 100 people that day. We finish up around 4:30 and pack up before we visit an annex to this site where more shelters have been built with the support of Mission of Mercy. When we arrive there, people are lined up to receive a ration of food. ANK is currently only able to provide food once a month to the families living there – they hope to one day be able to provide more. We take a look at the shelters built and see that some have not been completed as of yet. They are hoping we will be able to help them complete them. We meet one woman who does not currently have a bed so she is sleeping on the ground.
After the tour, they invite us to eat a meal that they have prepared for us – rice and beans, chicken, gratin and cake. As we eat, Madeline thanks Ebenezer Clinic and its donors for all the help they have provided so far, but she reminds us that there is much more work to be done. I can’t help but wonder how the people here will ever be able to provide for themselves and not have to rely on outside help.
It’s soon getting dark, so we go to Max’s house where we will stay for the night. We set up two tents outside and after having much needed showers and eating one more time; we go to sleep because we have another big day ahead of us.
Monday, June 14, 2010
It’s another early morning. Everyone starts stirring shortly after 5 when we hear some roosters crowing nearby. We get ready for the day and eat some breakfast. Before we head into Port au Prince, we have a chance to watch some of the futbol game between Holland and Denmark. It’s the World Cup and almost everything in Haiti comes to a halt when a match is on.
By 8:30 we start making our way into Port au Prince. As we get farther into the city, the destruction of the earthquake is much more evident. There are larger buildings which fell, bigger piles of concrete, and yards upon yards of tent cities. The place that we are going, Fort Nasyonal, is located near the center of Port au Prince and is essentially on top of a hill. As we drive up I notice the large machinery that is there to start moving the concrete. There are also many workers wearing Haitian government issued yellow T-shirts that say “Ann Leve Kanpe!” (Let’s Rise to Stand!), that are working in the hot sun and dust to move concrete by hand. It’s a labour intensive job.
We park the truck and then carry our supplies down the hill to the gate of the site of the mobile clinic. This site includes about 120 families that lost their homes in the earthquake. We will set up in a shelter that was built on a basket ball court after the earthquake. The entire court is covered with a metal sheeting roof and has strong tarps for walls to keep the rain and the wind out. As we get closer, I notice that a TV has been set up and of course it was broadcasting the current World Cup match. During the World Cup, the government is providing EDH (state electricity), so that fans can watch the games. Up until this point, most areas of Port au Prince have not received any EDH since the earthquake.
Today we have two doctors who will be seeing patients. The local organizers, Organisation des Jeunes Progressists de la Ruelle Boisson, have set up a ticket system for patients and everything runs smoothly. I wander around the shelter that has beds and personal belongings set up to get a better view. On the other side of the court, I can peak out the tarps and see a view of the rolling hills of Port au Prince covered with dilapidated houses.
I take a seat near where the pharmacy has been set up to do some observation. I meet Emmanuel St. Brice, who is one of the local organizers with for the day and he is able to tell me about his experience during and since the earthquake.
Before the earthquake, Emmanuel and his family lived in a home not far from the basketball court. When the earthquake happened, Emmauel was upstairs in his house helping one of his cousin’s children study. The house began to shake and all the people inside ran out into the street. Everyone made it out alive at the time. There was dust everywhere and no one could see anything. At first they could not find all the other members of the family because communication systems were down, but they were able to meet up the next day at the basketball court where many people had already gathered to sleep for the night before with no shelter to protect them. After about one week, the United States military showed up to distribute some medicine, water and soap. Some people had been able to salvage some food from their houses because they made a strategy to enter the houses safely to retrieve it. He told me that people had to bathe in the street with no privacy and many people went for days without changing their clothes. To this Emmanuel said, “We lived like we did not exist”.
Dr. Manno had visited the tent city for the first times shortly after the earthquake, but it wasn’t until March that Ebenezer Clinic was able to come down to provide some relief. In that first trip, they were able to do a mobile clinic as well as provide food packages to the people. By April, they were able to start building the more permanent shelter over the basketball court. These shelters helped address the issues of the wind, rain and intense sun that people had been exposed to before. They also provided a better sense of security to the people. They shelters are not completely finished as of yet, they hope to expand them even further.
“We want to say thank you to Ebenezer Clinic and all of the donors for all the things they have done for us. We hope to continue to work with you and find a way for us to be able to provide food and water to this community.” Emmanuel St. Brice
After seeing about 60 patients, we finish up around noon. We find some lunch at a nearby hotel and set off for home. We are all tired and just want to get back. We arrive in Gonaives shortly after 8 and then make the worst part of the trip. Going through the mountains isn’t fun during the day, never mind in the dark when you only have seconds to see the semi truck coming towards on a road with no guard rails! We roll into Haut Limbe just after 11pm, happy to be home and grateful for a shower and soft bed to sleep in. It was not a comfortable trip, but I am glad that I went. The stories of the survivors of the earthquake need to be continued to be told. It’s been six months, but they are still living with the affects of the earthquake and will continue to live with them for years to come. I was encouraged to see the work that is being done there, but I was continually reminded that there is still so much more that needs to be done.
Pray for Haiti
Hope Community has many ties and a long history with the people of Haiti. We grieve with the people of Haiti and join the efforts of so many to help those who are suffering.
Pray for the entire country of Haiti and every Haitian worldwide. The devastating earthquake that struck on Tuesday has changed the entire country. Pray for those who have lost loved ones. For those who have lost their homes, their supplies, their businesses.
Pray for the aid agencies and the entire world as they try to help in every way possible. The economic situation and the future of Haiti is deeply changed and damaged. Pray that those outside of Haiti are generous and are able to give in this time of great need. We all must be in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Pray for Janelle Peterson who is currently serving in Haut Limbe, Haiti which is approximately 250 kms from Port au Prince. Pray that she would find ways to help meet needs and be of encouragement to the Haitian people. Pray for Dr Manno and the rest of the clinic staff as they mourn the loss of loved one’s and continue to try and be of help to those in need. Updates from Janelle can be read from her blog at: http://www.janelleinhaiti.blogspot.com/
People are encouraged to give to trusted organizations as they are able. World Relief Canada has many resources and does much work in Haiti. Check out their website here:http://www.worldrelief.org
Praise God that the medical supplies the Canada Covenant Church shipped from Winnipeg have arrived in Haut Limbe and are in the clinic. Praise God for a smooth process with customs and the successful arrival of everything. Pray for the staff at the clinic and for Janelle Peterson (missionary currently volunteering there) as they continue their work and service in Haiti. Many of the supplies will be used to care for those in Port au Prince.
Response from the Eben-Ezer Clinic
Email from Dr. Manno, Jan. 15, 2010. Subject: “5 Seconds”
Usually we think of 5 seconds as nothing. If we ask people to wait for 5 seconds, we don’t feel guilty. Talking to the victims of the earthquake in Port Au Prince will make you realize how 5 seconds can drastically change the course of one person’s life, a city, or even a nation. This is the reality of Port Au Prince.
On Wednesday night, I couldn’t sleep. I don’t think it was because I was afraid of sleeping under a concrete roof, because we did not see any damage here. But for the whole night, I couldn’t sleep. Early in the morning a group of people came to my door asking me to let them use the clinic truck to go help someone that was trapped under rubble in Port au Prince. And since no other driver was available, I decided as a doctor I would be more helpful to go and help in case they were able to get him out because the last message of the president of the nation was a call for all doctors to come and help. I also thought this would be an opportunity to do an assessment of what really happened since communication is down and most information that we have received is by word of mouth.
As I was getting into Port Au Prince I started to realize that I was getting into a war zone, as I have seen in movies. There were lots of buildings collapsed, turned into sandwiches. Hundreds of people were on the street, a few vehicles and on every corner a pile of dead bodies (at least 10). As we got further into the city, we discovered hundreds of tent cities. People were turning their sheets into tents so that they can sleep under it – those that were actually able to save something from their house. There is no way that I can put into words what this disaster has added to the misery that people were already suffering.
The first question that you ask is, how can I help? How can I make a change? How can I bring a smile back to their faces? When you look at the disaster you are angry as you ask why did it happen to these people who have nothing? Why do they have to suffer that much? When it’s not political unrest, it’s the corruption of the government leaders or bad weather like hurricanes and now a strong earthquake. Why?
The truth is, you realize that there is no way that you can make a huge difference. There is no way that you can bring the lives back of the dead… so many moms without their babies, so many men without their wives, so many kids without their parents.
From what I saw, life will no longer be the same in Port au Prince because Port au Prince as a city no longer exists. Most of the schools have collapsed with students inside. Churches collapsed with people inside. People are afraid to be inside of any buildings as 80% of buildings have at least some degree of damage.
Our clinic wants to send a team of volunteers. Our goal is to help at least 700 to 800 people that are staying in a yard in a slum of Port Au Prince. We want to give those people much needed help. On our first trip we want to provide them with real tents, water filters, protein supplements (which we already have), clothes, medicines and spiritual support. The only thing we have available right now is the protein supplement, so we need money to buy medicines, food, water, diesel fuel, etc.
If you want to be part of the mission, you can send your donations to the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada online at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s12866 designated to Haiti Earthquake relief or mail cheques to:
Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada
PO Box 34025, RPO Fort Richmond
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5T5
You can also send items such as clothing, sheets, medicines, etc. to:
Dr. Emmauel Mareus (HCCC)
c/o Missionary Flights International
Unit 1053, 3170 Airmans Dr.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946 USA
Please send an email to let us know what you have sent so we know what to expect to email@example.com.
All funds given through ECCC to Haiti Earthquake will be used directly for relief in Port Au Prince.
Janelle Peterson will be coordinating communications from Haiti and can be reached at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your partnership. Please continue to pray for us and with us through this devastating time.
Dr. Emmanuel Mareus
Email from Dr. Manno Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Subject “Haiti Update, Written Wednesday Night”
It’s 4 o’clock in the morning. Marcel, one of the clinic staff, couldn’t sleep and he decided to take a walk. Since his house is near the clinic, the walk took him to the clinic. To his surprise, there were already a few patients in the waiting area. He asked them why they had come so early as the clinic was going to open at 8 and consulting would start at 9. They answered that they wanted to make sure that they would be seen that day. At 8 o’clock, Marcel came to my home to ask me to start seeing patients at 8 as there were people who had been waiting for 4 hours.
This week the clinic board has decided to make its clinic services free so that all of the people coming from Port au Prince will have access to medical attention and money will not be an issue. Even people who have been sick for awhile are welcome to come.
One way or another, we are all victims. Even though I’m not in Port au Prince, I have people that I know from there who are currently staying at my house. Everyone will have extra expenses to deal with that were not in the budget. That is why we have decided to help people at the clinic.
From our experience of the past few days, we have realized the amount of people who have been sick in their homes because they could not afford to go to the clinic – some for many months. An older woman came in today whose blood sugar was at 450 and her blood pressure was 200/12. Since June she hasn’t been able to come to the clinic, because of money. A little girl, 9 years old with sickle cell whose hematocrite is 24% came. She has been home sick for more than a week and cannot walk because of the pain. Her condition will be with her for the rest of her life and she is in the list of patients that receives medical attention for free. When asked why she hadn’t come sooner, her mom answered that she couldn’t come because she couldn’t afford the transportation fees to the clinic.
I have heard stories this week of great courage. One woman who came into the clinic was in Port au Prince during the earthquake. As everything began to shake, she grabbed the 2 children closest to her, even though her children were in another room. She held on to these children for 15 hours before help came and saved them. Her own children had died in the next room.
We have realized that Ebenezer clinic is one of the cheapest clinics around. At the end of last year we were asking why the number of patients was going down. Today we found out with the free clinic that they hadn’t gone to a different clinic, but had stayed home suffering because they could not afford to come – the financial crisis has hit Haiti as well. Though Ebenezer clinic is cheap, it is not cheap enough.
At the end of the day, the person in charge of registration, told me that there are already 150 patients who came today that we couldn’t see and who will seen tomorrow. So we will need to start as early as we can.
In an act of faith, we have decided to open our gates to those who need help. We do not have the funds right now to sustain that. We are asking our partners to support us as much as they can - to pray for us. We are committed to help those who have come to the community from Port au Prince because they cannot stay in those conditions (no house, job, food), and we are also planning to go to Port au Prince next Friday to respond to the crisis there.
I’m 40 years old. A house in Haiti is a life project. You cannot get a mortgage in Haiti. People build a house to leave it for their children. They may not finish it in their lifetime. At 40 years old, I haven’t been able to raise enough money to complete my house – and I am a professional with a job. So many houses have been destroying in Port au Prince, so many broken dreams. These people are left with nothing and no hope for the future. This is the reality here.
So I have come to ask myself what is the most important thing in life. What is it that a hurricane, gunshot, violence, earthquake cannot take away?
Other ways to give
Numerous other opportunities exist for anyone to contribute money to outreaches in Haiti including:
News links regarding the disaster include: