Canadians Helping Haiti – Earthquake Disaster Relief

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Disaster relief and emergency service organizations worldwide are mobilizing worldwide to provide help to earthquake stricken Haiti. Donations are sorely needed. It has been reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have already donated $1 million dollars to support Doctors Without Borders.

There are many appeals for public donations. Here at MissionLog I recommend you direct your donations to registered charities with proven disaster relief capacities AND personnel “on the ground” in Haiti backed by immediate mobilization plans to put more front line emergency service workers and volunteers as well as deliver critical supplies and food immediately.

In Canada, donate to:

The Salvation Army at http://salvationarmy.ca/
The Red Cross at http://redcross.ca
World Vision at http://worldvision.ca
Mennonite Central Committee at http://mcc.org

Although I have no immediate plans to a Project417 relief team, I’ll be supporting our partners at the Salvation Army Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.  Also check back to the blog here, once immediate relief efforts are no longer needed the emphasis will switch to rebuilding and reconstruction for many years. Haiti is still recovering from severe hurricane devastation over the last two years and now the need for both short and long term volunteer missions to rebuild communities will intensify. With experience following both Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, I’ll be looking for the most effective way to put together a volunteer team. Join me.

News from Geneva – (ICRC) –

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a special website to help thousands of people within Haiti and abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones. Haitians as well as family members around the world can log on to register a missing loved one at http://www.icrc.org/familylinks

or this short link at http://bit.ly/8B4sBA

Together caring and giving Canadians and friends worldwide can make a real difference to our suffering neighbors in Haiti.

Thanks ~ Andy ( follow @canayjun on Twitter)
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Relief arrives to hurricane-ravaged Haiti

Volunteers with OBI post eyewitness accounts from hurricane slammed Haiti after Ike Gustav …

OBI – Operation Blessings International is one of the organizations Project417 partnered with in New Orleans during Katrina. Our friend Jessica served with them this summer when they visited with Mr. Herbert Gettridge in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. We had helped gut-out and renovate three Katrina destroyed homes for the Gettridge family in 2006. OBI have active disaster-relief programs worldwide and are very busy this year with the hurricane season – Ike, Gustav and Hannah. The read more link will take you to their site where they have postings from volunteers currently in Beaumont, Texas and Port-au-Prince, Haiti for Hurricane Ike relief and in also in China following the recent typhoon.

Don’t forget to support Project417 and help the victims of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

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Breaking News: Haiti Earthquake Relief

Hurricane Ike – Photo-Essay – Disaster Underrated

Many people have been mislead by the media that Hurricanes Ike and Gustav were not that bad with the worst of the storms bypassing the gulf region, but as this picture essay attests, Hurricane Ike and it’s aftermath is a disaster of gargantuan portions. Hurricane Ike was almost 1,000 kms wide and cut a swath through the gulf inundating Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and causing major damage even as it moved inland north-east, even to the fringes in Toronto causing power outages.

This photo montage shows the true devastation of Hurricane Ike

This photo montage shows the true devastation of Hurricane Ike

Boston.com -The Big Picture Sept.15,2008: “In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion” [Source – boston.com]

Donate now to the hurricane victims in the Gulf Region by supporting Project417 today. Two of our volunteers are visiting the disaster to take part in relief efforts.

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