A group of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses have stepped up to the plate and have created a quick and easy way for other former Jehovah’s Witnesses, their friends, family and other supporters to safely and securely give aid directly to non-profit groups who are now in Haiti and rendering aid in the form of medical care, drugs and medical supplies, food, and shelter.
Go here to find out how you can help: ExJWs4Haiti.com.
The citizens and residents of Haiti have experienced their own “Armageddon” this past week when a shallow fault under the island nation slipped and destroyed up to 75% of all buildings and major infrastructure within the country – taking thousands of human lives and injuring thousands more.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the earthquake occurred inland about 16 miles (25km) from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake was quite shallow at less than 10 miles from the surface and measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.
The Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system generated the quake, producing very strong shaking and slippage for hundreds of miles in all directions. Shaking was also felt in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Haiti’s neighboring country of the Dominican Republic. Authorities issued a tsunami warning shortly after the quake, but it was soon canceled.
The devastation to property and human lives was horrific. As of this writing, an estimated 72,000 have already been buried, with estimates of up to 250,000 dead being predicted.
The problem facing governments and charitable organizations that have come to the aid of the Haitian people is simply how to get that aid to the people who need it. Think of the size of the task involved if Los Angeles or New York were completely devastated – and you get an idea of the size of the job ahead in Haiti.
There are always some groups who show up and are available to deliver help needed to as many people as possible. Staffed by mostly volunteers and just a few paid professionals, organizations like the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, C.A.R.E, and Save the Children are already there providing humanitarian services.
Follow this link to the Jehovah’s Witness Recovery Forum to get more background information and to learn more about the caring people who gave their time, money and skills to put ExJWs4Haiti.com together.
More importantly, I urge every one of our readers to give something to this effort. Go to ExJWs4Haiti.com, pick one or more of the charities listed and contribute as much as you can or whatever you can afford. Tell your friends and family about this project and ask them to donate to this effort as well.
More on this later. Please take a moment and watch the following video and let Moxie, one of the organizers, give you more details on the goals of this project. Then contribute – PLEASE!