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Haiti needs our help

by Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra on 17th January, 2010 at 9:39 AM CEST

When we learned that Johanny, one of our members, had experienced the recent Haiti earthquake first hand, we asked her to share her personal experience with the C:F community to encourage everyone to help in every way they can. You can help the people of Haiti right after reading Johanny's story, as we will donate 20 cents (USD) for each person that comments on this post to the Red Cross. Additionally, every C:F Staff member will add 10 USD to the donation that will be collected by your comments. So, make sure you leave a comment with your thoughts and wishes for those affected by this natural disaster and please invite all your friends to comment as well! - C:F Team

Dear C:F members,

In the afternoon of last tuesday, January 12th a devastating earthquake, magnitude 7.0 in Richter scale impacted Port au Principe, capital of Haiti. This nation shares the Hispaniola Island with the Dominican Republic, the country where I come from. Although the magnitude was less severe in my country, some motion was felt in the whole territory.

When this earthquake happened, I was inside a building joined with a cousin of mine; firstly we felt like if we were groggy, but then a rocking motion began to happen and everybody realized what was happening: we were witnessing an earthquake. I just saw a fan at the ceiling of the place and the walls moving disparately from one side to another. Many things went through my head, until he reached the end of the world, or that the island was goint to split by half... because this motion lasted close to a minute. Thanks God, no significant damage happened in my neighbourhood.

Currently, I have seen in the news that more than one million and half remained below destroyed buildings , turned into stones and dust, and at least three million people have been affected by the earthquake in Haiti. It was the worst earthquake in that Caribbean country in more than 200 years. Buildings were completely smashed, like the presidencial house, the central hospital and basic schools, the UN building and houses are now converted into stones.

International aid has been fluiding, as seen in the news, support in materials, food and expertise has been offered to this nation in these moments. President of the Dominican Republic has allowed to receive injured people into dominican hospitals and has offered some millios on support of this nation. Many organizations have movilized activities to gather in clothes and canned food. Now also worries the sanitation and the risk of an epidemy because of the so many death bodies under the debris. But significant effort has been made to manage the situation in both nations.

You can see the horrible effects of the earthquake had on Haiti on this link.

Let's unite prays for this country to reestablish promptly.

Best,

Johanny

Damaged Haitian National Palace
Photo by
 United Nations Development Programme

 

UPDATE: We have just made our first donation to the Red Cross. You can still keep commenting to contribute to our next donation!

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Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Johanny. I hope we get as many comments as we can and do our part in helping Haiti move on after such tragic event. Thanks for all your comments in advance!

17th January, 2010 @ 9:46 AM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Hi Johanny, my condolences to the people to Haiti. It is heartening to see the prompt disaster relief programs to help the victims.

17th January, 2010 @ 9:47 AM CEST

Vallabha Rao

Vallabha Rao

Hi Johanny we cannot control nature we surely can control the way we react to natural disasters ; We are with you and hope help reaches the needy ; Condolences to the people who lost their family and friends

17th January, 2010 @ 10:16 AM CEST

Chinmay Pendharkar

Chinmay Pendharkar

It's a little sad, but in a way heartening, to see that it takes calamities like these to bring people together with the single aim of doing something good.. But nonetheless we hope that people of Haiti get help they need, and also hope for those have lost much in this disaster.

17th January, 2010 @ 10:51 AM CEST

Alexandra Catherine Shortbeard

Alexandra Catherine Shortbeard

Such a tragedy... I hope Haiti can recover from this tragedy with our help... my thoughts are with all the victims...

17th January, 2010 @ 10:58 AM CEST

Denis Povh

Denis Povh

Hi Johanny,I heard that 3,5 million people were effected by the earthqueake.I cant even imagine how much that is.Condolences to the people who lost their family and friends

17th January, 2010 @ 11:09 AM CEST

Ana Hederih

Ana Hederih | CF Chapters

Johanny, thanks for sharing the story. Condolences to everyone who lost anyone due to the eartquake.

17th January, 2010 @ 12:15 PM CEST

Damjan Obal

Damjan Obal

I know it's hard to share an experience like that Johanny... We can all only hope that things will return back to sort of normal as soon as possible. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us.

17th January, 2010 @ 2:00 PM CEST

Antonius Suryawan

Antonius Suryawan

Your story reminds me of the horror I felt back in 2004 when the tsunami hit my country, Indonesia. But now I can see the 'blessing in disguise'. In the darkest hour of our lives, that's when we unite the most. I can see everyone, without exception, sending endless streams of support. I just hope that we can once again unite to help Haiti. To Johanny, hang on there~! We're with you~!

17th January, 2010 @ 4:25 PM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

It is really incredible and terrifying what happened. It is a life changing experience. I'm glad to hear Johanny that you are safe and sound. Condolences to the people who lost their loved ones. It is a good thing that the International Community is mobilizing and helping the victims. That's what we should do: stick together in hard times like these.

17th January, 2010 @ 6:26 PM CEST

vikram chintalapati

vikram chintalapati

Let's hope Haiti comes out of this ordeal stronger and more united than before, and can put this episode behind them on the road to development.

17th January, 2010 @ 7:13 PM CEST

Xu Su

Xu Su

Johanny, be strong! Haiti, be strong! We are trying our best to help you. You, just need to be calmed and help yourselves.

18th January, 2010 @ 8:46 AM CEST

Kliment Zafirovski

Kliment Zafirovski

All of our prays are with Haiti.

18th January, 2010 @ 9:13 AM CEST

Yen Ching  Liew

Yen Ching Liew | Action team

Thanks Johanny for sharing. It is sad to know that more and more disasters are happening more frequently. Natural disasters are certainly undefeatable, however i believe it makes one stronger and more different towards life if one survived through it. We should be so much grateful to be able to open our eyes everyday in the morning to see that everyone around us is safe and sound. Care for people around you, love them, do more good than harm in your limited lifespan.
*Prays for people in Haiti

18th January, 2010 @ 9:27 AM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks for sharing Johanny, I've sure been up the TV to get updates on what's happening. In times like these, our humanity is put into test and I'm sure glad the world is doing what she's doing. My prayers goes out to all and hope you find solace soonest.

18th January, 2010 @ 9:54 AM CEST

Niveditha Samudrala

Niveditha Samudrala

Thanks for sharing Johanny. My deepest condolence for all those who have lost their precious ones. I hope that Haiti recovers from this disaster at the earliest and I'm glad to see the way the world has responded.I'm happy you are safe and only hope that this shock is surmounted with less pain than it caused. Prayers to all the victims.

18th January, 2010 @ 11:31 AM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Dear all, thank you so much for leaving your comments in this story, and also TO C:F staff for making this possible. Please, share this link to your friends and contacts in order they visit C:F website, become a memebr and leave their commmets as well. I hope this initiative touches as much hearts as possible. Thanks and prays for this nation.

18th January, 2010 @ 7:50 PM CEST

Gustavo West

Gustavo West

It is sad to see everything that has happened, we must give support to this great nation. Thank you Johanny

18th January, 2010 @ 9:54 PM CEST

Ioana Dinu

Ioana Dinu

This is a really great initiative for the people there...I would just hope that more community members see it....or could it be better highlighted in the main page? It is a cause that really deserves everyone attention!

19th January, 2010 @ 9:36 AM CEST

Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

Thanks for the great comments and wishes, everyone! And yes, we need more comments, so don't forget to tell all your friends about Johanny's story.

19th January, 2010 @ 9:43 AM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Isn't that paradox, we can conquer the space and drive on the moon surface but we cannot transport the food to victims in Haiti? Each moment people are dying there due to the fact that help supplies are waiting in the ports, airports,... We cannot fully anticipate earthquakes but we should definitely do something that people will receive access to water, food and shelter much faster. And without additional bureaucracy as only one hour might differ us from saving someone or leaving to die.

19th January, 2010 @ 10:52 AM CEST

Maria Angela Cepero

Maria Angela Cepero

I´ve seen the images on TV and news papers, it's heartbraking!!!. I´m suere we can all do something for Haiti. I´d all ready donated some food and supplies and the C:F comments will help too.
Let´s hope our help gets to Haiti soon enough!!!!

19th January, 2010 @ 3:29 PM CEST

Jake Jones

Jake Jones

My sincerest condolences go out to those who have lost their familes, this will be the most difficult time for them.
Let us pull together and support these people in emerging from the flames and rebuilding their community!
Much love to all those affected, and glad our colleague Johanny is safe. x

19th January, 2010 @ 4:39 PM CEST

vlatko velkoski

vlatko velkoski

Haiti is going to be rebuild even more beautifull than before, because that is what we are good in !

19th January, 2010 @ 5:35 PM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

It is very true the trouble Andreja points. Aid is lasting too much to reach needed people in Haiti, however, international support is collaborating to send as fast as possible these aids. Please, share this link as much contacts as you can!

19th January, 2010 @ 9:25 PM CEST

Nena Krajnc

Nena Krajnc

It is heartbreaking to watch all that horrible scenes in Haiti now-a-days on TV! The international community has once again stepped together to help ... but I wonder how much of that help will really reach the ones that need it most ...

20th January, 2010 @ 1:26 PM CEST

Siddharth Rajkonwar

Siddharth Rajkonwar

The images were very sad and distressing. It reminds us humans to respect the indomitable forces of nature. Our deepest condolences with the victims.

20th January, 2010 @ 4:10 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Hey I just say. Take care of yourself and your family...
This is the time when your family n friends need u the most

I lost my sister when earthquake came in India.. I can feel the condition out there..

20th January, 2010 @ 6:55 PM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Jatin, I am very sorry about what happened. My condolences.

21st January, 2010 @ 9:52 PM CEST

Matjaž

Matjaž | C:F staff

The humanitarian situation remains very difficult, if not critical. Hundreds of thousands of people living on the streets. Port-au-Prince still lack access to essential services such as shelter and basic hygiene.

C:F community helping is just a drop in the ocean, but try to make more posts and share your opinion.

22nd January, 2010 @ 12:18 PM CEST

Adnan Husain

Adnan Husain

When a natural calamity like this occurs, it is good to know that there are so many ways to help out, the simplest being this one i suppose... but i had hoped the money donated per comment would have been higher.

22nd January, 2010 @ 8:21 PM CEST

Sholpan Maralbayeva

Sholpan Maralbayeva | mentor

I want to express my condolences to people of Haiti.
It would be better to know an account to send some money as donation. I think that a new task for the World is to prevent even larger catastrophe as reported by mass-media - that one third of the country is going under the ocean. If this is true...many more people can be damaged

24th January, 2010 @ 6:16 PM CEST

Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

We of course also encourage you to make your own donations if you can. You can make a donation with a credit card through the International Red Cross website (http://donate.ifrc.org/) and probably through your local Red Cross organizations as well or any other organization you prefer. There are also other things you can do to help, like help sorting disaster images online: http://www.beextra.org/haiti

I think the important thing is that we all do something. So, keep the comments coming, and don't forget to let your friends know about all the different ways they can help too!

24th January, 2010 @ 6:53 PM CEST

Ioan Dorohov

Ioan Dorohov

i think only 60-65% of money from all Funds/sources will find destination point... you know - Corruption, false funds =/ Unfortunately this is very proffitable busines. I think so - to build again all structure need some 4-5 years =/ this is a lot. may be some countries can give Temporarily workplaces, places of residing or something like that >_< people will work in other country but taxes (which they will pay ) will be sended for regeneration of haiti... hmm...

24th January, 2010 @ 8:14 PM CEST

Anton Andonov

Anton Andonov

So let us make it easier and better somehow for the people there by doing this campaign.

30th January, 2010 @ 9:43 PM CEST

Lunara Tairova

Lunara Tairova

My sincerest condolences to those people who have lost their family and friends. Thanks to Johanny and CF staff for making this possible!

1st February, 2010 @ 7:16 AM CEST

Jose Albert Padin

Jose Albert Padin

Count me in! :D

5th February, 2010 @ 4:59 AM CEST

sun soon chuah

sun soon chuah

we only can pray that things will only improve for the better and do one things at a time to improve the situation.

9th February, 2010 @ 3:30 PM CEST

Jake Jones

Jake Jones

I'm so glad so many people have got on board with this, hopefully we'll make a real difference to someone's future. And that is what humanity is all about. With love from Wales, Jake x

9th February, 2010 @ 3:32 PM CEST

Rodrigo Arias

Rodrigo Arias

Johanny, thank for sharing your story, it is good that association such as the international red cross and challenge future are willing to help.

9th February, 2010 @ 3:38 PM CEST

Taavi Kivisik

Taavi Kivisik

Let us hope Haiti comes out stronger than ever

9th February, 2010 @ 3:43 PM CEST

OUTLIT Saâd

OUTLIT Saâd

I'm sorry for what happened to your country. I hope that this modest comment will soothe your pain.

9th February, 2010 @ 3:46 PM CEST

Ion Cernavca

Ion Cernavca

We are all with you my friends, the world isn't careless about you suferings, we are with you.....

9th February, 2010 @ 3:46 PM CEST

Muhammad fasieh

Muhammad fasieh

Let us hope Haiti comes out stronger than ever!!!!!!!!!

9th February, 2010 @ 3:49 PM CEST

Mathangi Jayaraman

Mathangi Jayaraman

We as friends can assure you of moral support above other resources. Let us hope that things will be back to normal soon.

9th February, 2010 @ 3:50 PM CEST

Berk Olçum

Berk Olçum

These kind of occasions are not only about a country..
It's completely about humanity.
No one guarantees to keep us alive or safe till a pre-determined day...However, it's good to be sure that there will be someone who helps you in any case.
World is cruel, most people cruel but still good people exist.
have many nice days...

9th February, 2010 @ 4:23 PM CEST

Stanislavs Fiatovs

Stanislavs Fiatovs

YEs. Always think, where is God and why always such disasters strike those who are less protected and are already in the bad position.. .

9th February, 2010 @ 4:25 PM CEST

Sanja Cabarkapa

Sanja Cabarkapa

I am very sorry for what happened in Haiti, I hope you guys are recovering well

9th February, 2010 @ 4:43 PM CEST

shelly sharma

shelly sharma

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE HAITIANS MAY GOD AND ALL HIS ANGELS KEEP THEM UNDER THERE WINGS...
(Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain. So we all should come forward to pray and help who are in need…...

9th February, 2010 @ 5:11 PM CEST

Bogdan Pralea

Bogdan Pralea

Like everyone, when I read the news about the disaster I was shocked and surf the sites to find out more information. I strongly believe that the Haitian people will find the power in themselves and with the help of others will thrive through this horrible and devastating experience. It is time to show that we are united no matter what!

9th February, 2010 @ 5:35 PM CEST

Ioana Benjamin

Ioana Benjamin

looking forward to better days...

9th February, 2010 @ 6:06 PM CEST

shashank jain

shashank jain

really we cant control such things of nature but yes we help to the people who suffer from such things...

9th February, 2010 @ 6:51 PM CEST

Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

hope recovery processes are getting better by each passing day. may god help all those who were effected and give them courage to face the situation boldly

9th February, 2010 @ 7:04 PM CEST

Victor Bradu

Victor Bradu

Thanks Johanny for sharing with us. When such disasters strike the only good thing you can see is the help some people offer to the suffering.

9th February, 2010 @ 8:22 PM CEST

Tsvetan Tsonev

Tsvetan Tsonev

"What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists." Alexander Graham Bell

9th February, 2010 @ 8:39 PM CEST

Filip Ivanišević

Filip Ivanišević

Best wishes for Haiti, we will not forget about you!

9th February, 2010 @ 8:53 PM CEST

Nada Milovac

Nada Milovac

"Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can."

We know you can - and you know that.

9th February, 2010 @ 9:39 PM CEST

Utkarsh Mehta

Utkarsh Mehta

Hi Johanny,

I read about the disaster and I am happy you gave a first hand impression and wrote this post.

It sometimes feel very selfish that the media attention is now fading away because they do not find something hot and new in this disaster. I come from India and Media is very negative here. I can understand those helpless feeling.

I would like to encourage you for a reason that you have seen what has happen there. You have felt the pain of disaster-stricken people. You would be the best person to voice their problems.

I would encourage you to utilize Internet and Blogs to sensitize people and get them to act instead of just gossip.

I again congratulate for the effort you have taken. Take care.

Utkarsh Mehta
India

9th February, 2010 @ 11:47 PM CEST

vlatko velkoski

vlatko velkoski

REBUILD, REBUILD!

10th February, 2010 @ 12:30 AM CEST

vlatko velkoski

vlatko velkoski

"rebuild with stones built of souls"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =-IAgk6-qEOI&feature=relat ed

10th February, 2010 @ 12:51 AM CEST

Zhong Zhou

Zhong Zhou

Really thank you for the sharing and we all need to treasure our life and to treasure the people around us more:)

The Chinese will say "jia you", which directly translates to "add oil", to the people of haiti for the rebuilding process:)

Take care and all the best!

10th February, 2010 @ 6:55 AM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

I've noticed that the media has abandoned this subject. Most of them are looking for shocking news, other than that it's irrelevant.

If we truly we want to help Haiti we need a solid campaign in order to rebuild this country. Miracles are not done in a few days or weeks.

Dan

10th February, 2010 @ 9:50 AM CEST

burcay bayir

burcay bayir

I hope Haiti can have the cure for all that they've been through with our help as soon as possible and the children can go back to our schools, continue to learn, play, and have the happiness that they deserve as much as others.

Burçay, Turkiye

10th February, 2010 @ 10:43 AM CEST

ekta singhi

ekta singhi

Lets help and hope ..

10th February, 2010 @ 7:37 PM CEST

Probir Das

Probir Das

I hope for a quick recovery of Haiti

11th February, 2010 @ 2:03 AM CEST

Gina Necula

Gina Necula

My heart goes with all the people that lost their homes and their loved ones..

11th February, 2010 @ 12:17 PM CEST

Leon Soares

Leon Soares

We need to work hard to help them

11th February, 2010 @ 9:21 PM CEST

Adnan Husain

Adnan Husain

Haiti needs our help...so let us join hands in helping Haiti.

12th February, 2010 @ 9:14 AM CEST

Shane Yan

Shane Yan

May Haiti receive its very much needed blessings and help soon

12th February, 2010 @ 3:15 PM CEST

shiva kumar Amar

shiva kumar Amar

Great recapture of the events...I think America could have done better to help Haiti...

12th February, 2010 @ 3:36 PM CEST

Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer

My heart goes out to your and all that were affected by this devastating event.

It is amazing how quickly the world can forget an event this massive. People need to realize that a couple of weeks wont solve the problem, recovery will take years!

13th February, 2010 @ 6:43 PM CEST

Sandra Jekabsone

Sandra Jekabsone

have someone counted the amount of comments here? :)

So how many comments already? :)

13th February, 2010 @ 9:48 PM CEST

Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

We now have exactly 74 comments now :)

Thanks everyone for all the great comments, keep them coming!

13th February, 2010 @ 11:40 PM CEST

Lena Gvardina

Lena Gvardina

Big thanks' for the opportunity to make something good for these poor people!

14th February, 2010 @ 1:15 AM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Thanks for everyone´s comment! Keep going!

14th February, 2010 @ 11:38 PM CEST

Cara Moyer

Cara Moyer

Optimism always seems insensitive in these situations, but is necessary. Out of the dust can come change.

19th February, 2010 @ 2:26 AM CEST

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