January 15, 2010

Friend Traveling to Haiti is Needed in Relief Effort



How You Can Help

     Currently, according to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), it is neither safe nor possible for volunteers to go to Haiti.   

     (UPDATE: The head of UMCOR, who was in Haiti, died in the earthquake. I will post a link to this later.) 

     However, Claudette, a member of the Beanery Writers Group (Latrobe, PA),  travelled to Haiti on January 12, 2010, on a mission trip to teach women how to create a business so they could have an income.

     Four hours after her arrival a 7.0 earthquake struck. She made it to where she was going, beyond the city on a hill, in time to miss being in Port au Prince when it hit. Only one brief message has made it through—a Facebook post—which said that she and the others with her are all safe.

     Her mission, I am sure, has changed. With her knowledge of French, and the fact that she is with a nurse and a doctor, it’s certain that she is doing some needed recovery work.

     UPDATE: Visit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine’s January 19th post for an update:

     Her plans were to return to her southwestern Pennsylvania home on January 26. 

     Claudette’s services are much needed in Haiti.  

     By midday Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration was halting all civilian flights from the United States to Haiti at Haiti’s request. Haiti’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport was jammed, there was limited fuel for return flights, and the earthquake had destroyed the control tower. At this time, some sixty aid flights had landed.

     Civilian relief flights were resumed later.  

     At least eight Port-au-Prince hospitals were damaged, severely hampered efforts to treat the many thousands of injured, the World Health Organization said in Geneva. Many victims were treated at hospitals next door in the Dominican Republic.

     However, once the initial earthquake crisis is past, volunteers will be needed to help rebuild.

     United Methodists are being asked to provide health kits for Haiti. Instructions on assembling and shipping these kids is available here.

     Donations can be made online , by placing a check in the offering plate at your local church, or by mailing it to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Checks should indicate “Advance #418325” in the memo line.

     Please support the relief effort in Haiti, through the United Methodist Church or through another authentic emergency support fund, such as the Red Cross.

     In a situation where you might wish you could lend a helping hand beyond donations, you can feel powerless. You aren’t powerless, however, if you can pray for the victims of the earthquake and those rescue/relief persons on the scene.

     Hopefully Claudette will be able to return home on schedule.

SOURCES: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ 


The Partners in Progress Mission Project in Haiti


SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

Deborah Nelson: Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

Memoir Writing Can Elicit Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Can You Write Your Memoir in Six Words?




  1. My thoughts and prayers are going out not only to our western Pennsylvania neighbor and your friend, Claudette, but also to the relief volunteers and over nine million residents of Haiti.

    Comment by Tara L. O'Leary — January 15, 2010 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  2. Word arrived Saturday that Claudette is safe. She is a few miles away from Port au Prince, where she arrived at 11:00 a. m. last Monday. She was meeting with some women when the earthquake hit. keep revisiting this site for further information, or sign up for a subscription to this site and the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, to receive immediate notification on posts that update Claudette’s situation in Haiti.

    Carolyn C. Holland

    Comment by carolyncholland — January 17, 2010 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

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