Haiti.... we have friends who came to the United States from Haiti. They still have family in Haiti. Our hearts and prayers are with the Haitian people as they strive to survive the devastation of the 7.0 earthquake which struck Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12th.
Americans have already donated millions to the Red Cross and other organizations ready to invade Haiti with life saving supplies We are cautioned to be aware of schemers who would fleece those wishing to "do something". Wisdom, old fashioned good sense, needs to prevail in choosing which groups to support.
For years, our choice has been World Vision, a "Christian Humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice." World Vision started in the 1950's because Dr. Bob Pierce wanted to help orphan children in Korea. (Some of you will understand why this group has my heart !). Over the next several decades World Vision expanded it's work world wide to include disaster relief, work with communities in education, health care, vocational and agricultural training for families to become self-supporting and healthy.
World Vision has been working in Haiti for over 30 years and at the time of the earthquake had about 370 staff based in Haiti. The relief director of World Vision, Edward Brown, said, " We would be very concerned about a quake of this magnitude anywhere in the world, but it is especially devastating in Haiti, where people are acutely vulnerable because of poor infrastructure and extreme poverty."
So please, pray for the people of Haiti, donate, give as you are able, but with wisdom. And if you choose World Vision, here is their website: