“No distance is too far to reach a child”
After a devastating earthquake shook Haiti in 2010, billions of dollars were pledged to help rebuild homes and infrastructure. However, much of the aid has not reached the people who need it the most. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in camps, where a cholera outbreak has killed more than 7,000 since October. As Haitians mark the anniversary of the earthquake that flattened much of Port-au-Prince, hopes have given way to a crushing sense of bitterness and despair.
I know you may already be aware of Hope for a New Generation (HFNG), and the work we do in Haiti. Just as a quick summary, we are an approved non-profit organization committed to helping the people of Haiti, particularly the women and children, still suffering from the effects of the 2010 earthquake.Hope for a New Generation runs by volunteers and we fundraise and plan mission trips to Haiti to bring supplies and determine long term projects to help the local people get on their feet again.
The earthquake caused so much chaos and social upheaval in Haiti. Unless you truly take some time to pause, and put yourself, your family and your community in the situations that we have outlined below, it will be very hard to imagine the extent of the damage that was done in Haiti
This is the grim reality of life in Haiti right now:
- The earthquake on 12 January, 2010 devastated the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and many other towns, killing up to 300,000 people.
- About 1.5 million people were initially left homeless, and several hundred thousand remain in camps.
- An estimated half a million people still live in dire conditions in hundreds of tent cities in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, two years after the earthquake killed 230,000 people and injured 300,000.
- Hundreds of thousands of quake victims are at risk because of lack of aid.
- Almost half a million people still live in camps, exposed to cholera outbreaks and risks of flooding that will be exacerbated by the upcoming rainy and hurricane season.
- For the most vulnerable – the women and children – rape and sexual harassment are on the rise.
- While international donors have pledged billions of dollars to help rebuild homes and infrastructure, much of the aid has not reached the people who need it the most.
- Cholera outbreaks – which many Haitians have blamed on the UN peacekeepers in the country – have killed more than 7,000 Haitians since October, 2010.
Our efforts have been far reaching. So far, Hope for a New Generation has:
- Provided medical aid for over 1500 people
- Brought in 15 volunteer medical groups
- Provided food and clean water to hundreds of victims.
- Brought in a group of 20 teachers, counselors and psychologists to help assess the situation and debrief the victims.
- Offered parents sustainable business opportunities in order for them to be able to support themselves and their families.
- Paid school costs for 25 children
We are also in the process of opening a literacy school for children to learn to read and write.
While international donors have pledged billions of dollars to help rebuild homes and infrastructure, much of the aid has not reached the people who need it the most.
Cholera outbreaks – which many Haitians have blamed on the UN peacekeepers in the country have killed more than 7,000 Haitians since October, 2010.
Another long term project is to build a facility in Northern Haiti where we will run many programs including education for women, self-esteem classes for girls and empowering education and spiritual programs for young men.
While we are making progress, the work that needs to be done to restore Haiti’s suffering population to an acceptable standard of life is far from being over.
Hope for a New Generation is a 501C3 approved organization. If you should want to make a monetary donation, you can do so by giving $20.00, $50.00, $100.00 or more, you are helping innocent children get an education, and are providing them with food, water and a decent place of refuge. Wouldn’t you reach out a helping hand?
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