From the RESCUE CHILDREN website:
Haiti is an independent republic occupying the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic, and bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by the Dominican Republic, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the Windward Passage, which separates it from Cuba. Its area is 27,750 sq km (10,714 sq mi), slightly larger than Maryland. Port-au-Prince is Haiti's capital and largest city.
Haiti is the most densely populated nation and has the lowest per capita income of any country in the western hemisphere. Plagued by disease, malnutrition, illiteracy, political upheaval and deforestation, more than three quarters of the population live in extreme poverty. Because of the dreadful conditions, people often try to immigrate to the United States or the Dominican Republic in search of better opportunities. Click on map for larger image.
Click here to see Haiti on a world map.
For Haitians, daily life is a struggle for survival. An estimated 80 percent of the population lives in poverty. These people, many of whom farm small plots of poor mountain land, are often malnourished. Famine-like conditions plague many parts of the country. Eating weeds and bark to stave off hunger is common year-round. Many have turned to eating clay just to survive.
The world doesn't have any idea how bad this situation is getting here; nobody's paying any attention to Haiti," says Alain Grimard, a senior diplomat with the United Nations Development Program based in Haiti. "And at the heart of it is the very severe environmental crisis in this country. The Haitian case is ... unique in the world now; you have too many people living on land that can no longer support them."
Lets just bow our heads…
Take 5 minutes and Pray for these beautiful people who have suffered BEFORE the earthquake more in 1 day than we suffer in a YEAR!!!!
I often ponder WHY?
Why are we HERE?
Why do we ENDURE less????
Why do others suffer MORE?
Tonight I pray that God eases the pain of all those who have been touched by the earthquake.
I pray that WE ALL can be open to the fact that WE HAVE NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.
I pray that WE can understand that we should GIVE THANKS for the EXTRA 10 lbs we are sooo worried about….it means we HAD FOOD.
I pray that WE can see thru our differences …because we HAVE EACH OTHER.
God Bless all of you tonight.
May we wake tomorrow…
and GIVE THANKS for the ABUNDANCE of blessing we have LAID before us.
Life is amazing.
Love each other,
Make a difference.