Impact Your World
Haitian children who survived the earthquake are considered the most vulnerable. These organizations have specific relief operations to protect these children, meet their medical and nutritious needs and help them recover from the trauma of this disaster.
How you can help:
• Child Hope International — Caring for orphans
• Friends of the Orphans — Pediatric Care
• Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation — Helping children in servitude
• Kids Alive International — Sheltering orphans
• Meds & Food for Kids — Feeding malnourished children
• Mercy Corps — Comfort for Kids
• Save the Children — Child-Friendly Spaces
• UNICEF — Protecting children
• World Food Programme — Feeding orphans
• World Vision — Child-Friendly Spaces
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Lost in the rush to give aid, support and attention to Haiti are many charities doing their own scheduled fundraising. Case in point, 25 leaders on a 7-day race to raise money to supply water to a Girls Academy in Nigeria.
Seven days to raise $78,000 won't end the need for the first secondary school for girls in rural Nigeria – and the first school to educate Christians and Muslims together – but it will help them stay open.
The 25 leaders from around the country are all students at ChoiceCenter Worldwide University. They are supporting the Dr. William Kupiec Academy for Girls because it represents the first time 22 African tribes have come together to educate children of multiple religions in a country where religious turmoil is common.
PHOTO CREDIT: James Addis, World Vision
It had been two days since many of the children had any clean water to drink. The smell of dirty diapers filled the air, and as the rusted orange gate in front of the Bresma Orphanage rolled open, the eager eyes of more than one hundred children stared back at us. Their caretakers looked haggard and tired, but managed to smile weakly as we approached the orphanage with relief goods.
We had spent several hours driving around the maze of streets in this Port-au-Prince neighborhood, desperately trying to find the orphanage. With phone lines still down in most parts of the city, the only thing we had to go on was a text message from a woman in the United States sent 24 hours earlier, pleading for us to help these children.
“We are trying to get help for an orphanage in Port-au-Prince,” it read. “150 kids, almost all infants and toddlers, many with diarrhea. No food, no water…Fear losing smallest.”
I was surprised to get a message like this from a stranger, but her plea was heartbreaking and desperate enough that I couldn’t ignore it. The next day, a group of World Vision employees and I gathered food, water, and medical supplies for the children, then journeyed out to their home in Delmas, Port-au-Prince.
The orphanage was small – just four rooms, a courtyard, and a basement – but it was fairly clean. This little home that originally housed more than 60 children now held over 100, having taken in additional children after their orphanage was damaged in the quake.
As we approached the gates, a boy walked up to me almost instantly. He snuggled up to my legs and lifted his arms in the air, looking up in eager anticipation for a hug or someone to hold him. His feet were bare, and he wore a small pair of navy blue shorts and an old yellow t-shirt. I reached down, pulled him up to my hips, and held him as we walked into the orphanage.
Impact Your World
It's been more than one month since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti. An International Red Cross spokesman warned that up to 3 million people may have been affected by the quake. Here are some organizations specifically helping Haiti.
How you can help:
• International Medical Corps
• Direct Relief International
• World Vision
• International Relief Teams
• Yéle Haiti
• American Red Cross
• Operation USA
• Catholic Relief Services
• World Food Programme
• World Concern
• Save the Children
• UNICEF USA
• Mercy Corps
• Operation Blessing International
• Operation USA
• Doctors Without Borders
• Medical Teams International
• The International Committee of the Red Cross
• The Salvation Army
• More ways to help victims of NATURAL DISASTERS
A major earthquake struck just off the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami watch for parts of the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake had a reported magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast and about 6 miles (10 km) underground, according to the USGS.
A tsunami watch was posted for Haiti and parts of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, but historical data suggests a destructive, widespread tsunami was not a threat, the USGS reported.
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Author, Political Strategist
As the nation debates reforming our health care system, there is one topic I'm not hearing enough about – how the fight against HIV/AIDS will remain a national priority and how the prevention of such costly diseases such as this will become a foundational element of our health system.
Phenomenal progress has been made against HIV/AIDS since it first appeared in the United States a quarter-century ago. But this very progress has dulled our sense of urgency about preventing the disease and finding a cure. Today is World AIDS Day and we should take a moment to reflect on how we've made progress and why there is a bubbling fear that the worst of the crisis may lie ahead. To finally put a stop to the epidemic, we need to re-energize our commitment and pass smart health care reforms now.
A critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS occurred a decade ago, when powerful new protease inhibitor drugs showed remarkable effectiveness in treating the disease and raised hope that the epidemic's end was around the corner. Unfortunately, our progress led to overconfidence in science – a perception that the protease inhibitor regimen guarantees quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, and thus that contracting the disease is no longer a big deal.
Editor's Note: At least 608 people were killed in Indonesia following two devastating earthquakes more than a week ago. Hundreds are still missing and authorities fear the death toll will climb as more bodies are found in the rubble.
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Program Manager, Save the Children in Indonesia
October 11, 2009, 11:26 pm
Our distribution teams had a packed day – with just 14 people, we managed to provide nearly 1,500 families with hygiene kits and household items such as a small gas stove, cooking pots and utensils, mosquito nets and blankets. Before I arrived in Padang eight days ago, I never knew how much planning, organizing and effort goes into providing needed supplies, or “NFIs,” as they’re called in humanitarian aid lingo. NFIs stands for non-food items (which I’ve always thought a rather vague term).
Besides selecting, procuring, storing, shipping and transporting NFIs, distributing them requires an intensive process. First, Save the Children staff members meet with community leaders, assess the damage in each community, determine each community’s need and help community leaders develop a list of recipients — the people who most need them.
The actual distribution of NFIs usually begins the next day, and that’s when it can get tricky. The goal is to make sure the right goods get to the right families, while maintaining a secure environment for those who are receiving items as well as for those who are distributing them. Crowds are sometimes unpredictable.
Editor's Note: At least 608 people were killed in Indonesia following two devastating earthquakes last week. Hundreds are still missing and authorities fear the death toll will climb as more bodies are found in the rubble.
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Program Manager, Save the Children in Indonesia
Blog entry, October 8, 2009, 1:30 am
Four more Save the Children staff arrived at our field office this afternoon in Pariaman district. I’m so glad they’re here! We’re now 16 people strong, allowing us to send more distribution teams to villages in need of help. Today one team focused on assessing new villages, and another team continued to distribute shelter materials, hygiene kits and household supplies – we’ve reached over 11,000 people, including about 6,600 children, in the last four days.
My team has traveled back toward Lake Maninjau, near some of the worst destruction, in search of a house and a warehouse to rent, so we can establish a new field office and reach children and families more quickly.
Nearly every road in this area is lined with people asking for donations. The worst part about this is that many of them are children. Not only are they at risk of getting hit by passing cars and motorbikes, but they’re also learning that asking for handouts is normal and necessary. And yet, what options do poor families and communities have? With their houses in ruins, and livelihoods lost, how else are they supposed to cope? Some people are picking up the pieces – they’re clearing away the rubble, arranging all their belongings under carefully hung tarps, and building tent communities with neighbors. But others seem to be just . . . waiting. Today I saw an old man sitting on a bench, staring at the road, surrounded by nothing but the debris of his small home. How long will he be able to wait?