(Before 2010 Earthquake)
May the victims of Haiti be richly blessed.
May their cups run over with comfort,
support, and prayers.
There but for the grace of God go I.
be disturbing to some viewers.
Give us strength, dear God, in our despair.
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
A country so little...
with so many needs.
They caused the cry of the poor to come before Him,
so that He heard the cry of the needy.
Haiti is located in the Carribean
on 1/3 of the island, it occupies the western part
of Hispanola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North
Atlantic Ocean, neighboring west of the Dominican
Area comparative: slightly smaller than Maryland.
Climate: tropical; semiarid where mountains in east
cut off trade winds.
Terrain: mostly rough and mountainous.
Natural resources: bauxite, copper, calcium carbonate,
gold, marble, hydropower.
There are 14 airports in Haiti, however only one is an
international airport (in the capitol Port-au-Prince), and
only 3 additional airports have paved, but short runways
(the others are unpaved).
Haiti's age structure: 0-14 years - 42.4%,
15-64 years - 54.2%,
65 years and over - 3.4% (2006 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 71.65 deaths/1,000 births (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population - 53.23 years (2006 est.)
Total fertility rate: 4.94 children born/woman (2006 est.)
Ethnic groups: black 95%, mulatto and white 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16%,
none 1%, other 3% (1982).
Languages: French (official), Creole (official)
Literacy: 52.9% (definition - 15 and over can read and write)
Government type: elected government
Independence: 1 January 1804 (from France)
Chief of State: President Rene Preval
Population below poverty line: 80% (2003 est.)
Labor force by occupation:
agriculture 66%, services 25%, industry 9%
Unemployment rate: widespread unemployment
and underemployment; more than two-thirds of the labor
force do not have formal jobs.
Industries: sugar refining, flour milling, textiles, cement,
light assembly industries based on imported parts.
Agriculture products: coffee, mangoes, sugarcane, rice,
corn, sorghum, wood.
Export commodities: manufactures, coffee, oil, cocoa.
Import commodities: food, manufactured goods,
machinery and transport equipment, fuels, raw materials.
Currency: gourde (HTG)
Exchange rate: gourde per US dollar -
38.4 (September 2006).
Haiti (pronounced /ˈheɪtiː/; French Haïti, pronounced: [a.iti]; Haitian Creole: Ayiti), officially theRepublic of Haiti (République d'Haïti ; Repiblik Ayiti) is a Creole- and French-speaking French-speaking Caribbean country. Along with the Dominican Republic, it occupies the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago. Ayiti (Land of high mountains) was the indigenous Taíno orAmerindian name for the mountainous western side of the island. The country's highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft). The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) and its capital is Port-au-Prince.
Haiti's regional, historical, and ethnolinguistic position is unique for several reasons. It was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. Despite having common cultural links with its Hispano-Caribbean neighbors, Haiti is the only predominantly Francophone independent nation in the Americas, and one of only two (along with Canada) that designate French as an official language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements, or collectivités, of France.
THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION
The Slave Rebellion of 1791
Haiti, is the poorest country
in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the people
below the UN poverty line
(for singles: less than $1/day income).
- The unemployment rate is hard to measure,
- but it is at least 66%.
- The highest source sets the median income at $160/year, i.e. less than 50 cents a day. The average income is at most around $480/year.
- There are many sources putting these numbers at about half these values.
- There is a highly inadequate supply of potable water.
- Their language is (Haitian) Creole; more educated people know French.
- Haiti gained independence from France
- on Jan 1, 1804.
- The population is 8.9 million people.
- The median age is 18.5 years, that means half the people are adults and the other half are children.
- Life expectancy is 57.5 years.
- The four hurricanes that hit Haiti in 2008
- put the developments in Haiti back by 5 years
- (UN estimate).
January 12, 2010
collapsing and flattening buildings and power lines
and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States
called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere's
This shocking video shows the terrifying moments
when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit
Port-au-Prince, Haiti just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Cars came to a screeching halt,
while in the streets buildings were crumbling
to the ground and pedestrians were left running
for their lives.
In Your boundless Spiritual home,
dear God, we are all known.
God hears the groaning of his people.
When we hurt and cry out to God,
He attends to us.
“For God has not ignored or belittled
the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned His back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help”
Rescue efforts are crucial to Haiti.
At such a time as this,
we need to be very thankful for what we have
and recognize that we can help those in desperate need.
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God hears the cries of the needy.
Haitians are clawing at chunks of concrete
with bare hands and sledgehammers,
trying to free those buried alive.
and the International Committee of the Red Cross
are sending more.
The international Red Cross estimated
that 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed
in Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake.
"We have already buried 7,000
in a mass grave," Haiti's president said.
May we never forget the common humanity
that we all share.
President Barack Obama announced that
"one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history"
is moving toward Haiti, with thousands of troops
and a broad array of civilian rescue workers
flying or sailing in to aid the stricken country —
backed by more than $100 million in relief funds.
God, we believe You are ready to use all the
experiences, resources and passion
You've given to each of us
to touch the "least of these."
Troops and plane loads of food and medicine
reached Haiti on Thursday to aid a traumatized nation
still rattled by aftershocks
from the catastrophic earthquake
that flattened homes and government buildings
and buried countless people.
Aid distribution was hampered because
roads were blocked by rubble and smashed cars,
normal communications were cut off.
May we keep the victims of the earthquake, in Haiti,
and those who have journeyed there to assist...
lifted up in prayer.
O God, we believe You are taking these grand endeavors
to further enlarge our passion for Your redemptive plans.
Today, gracious Lord, we need Your strong arm to rescue
and comfort the many bereaved families, the wounded,
trapped, displaced, and weary hearts in Haiti.
There are so many people, in Haiti, in severe need and
who are bearing, what appears to be, an impossible load.
There is destruction and pain on every end.
Father God, please bless the people of Haiti.
The people in Haiti know that You hear their cries.
They know You have not turned Your back on them.
So we ask You, to please bring healing
and deliverance to them.
Thank You God, for allowing
this grand global rescue effort to respond to Your love
by running to the aid of those in despair.
Many are reaching for their cellphones and making
donations via text message.
In this situation of suffering and bereavement,
there have been countless decent and courageous
men and women, inspired by their faith,
and as a result they are providing relief, comfort and care
to the devastated people of Haiti.
There is an enormous outpouring for this effort.
Dear God we ask that You bless those helping hands who
are making their life, their gifts and who they are
be effective on behalf of the people of Haiti.
For those who left their homes and families
and traveled to Haiti to help...
may they walk in Your Word,
and talk in Your Word.
We pray that You will order their steps,
guide their feet and bless their hearts.
May all involved parties, on the giving and receiving end, sense Your presence and peace.
May we always remember and never forget...
You are the Helper
of the helpless.
In Your precious Name we pray.
Day 3 in Haiti:
Much of the capital, Port-au-Prince,
has been reduced to rubble.
Governments and aid organizations around the world
unlocked relief funds, and dispatched experts
to help claw through the debris for survivors
and promised help to reconstruct shattered homes,
schools and hospitals.
Government workers in Port-au-Prince
began burying thousands of bodies in mass graves.
CBS News got an aerial tour Tuesday of the crowded streets,
ports, and shanty towns in the wake of last week's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.
may we all come to the realization,
that Your work and Word
is needed everywhere.
God, thank You for providing
a place in Your vineyard
for each of us.
People pray outside a destroyed cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 17.
The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins,
and thousands of people were and are trapped in the rubble
of government buildings, foreign aid offices
Schools, hospitals and a prison collapsed.
A search and rescue worker from Mexico makes his way into a building
Haiti is one of the poorest and least developed countries
in the world. In recent years Haiti has struggled with
problems ranging from near-constant political upheaval,
health crises, severe environmental degradation
and an annual barrage of hurricanes.
This is the worst earthquake in the region
in more than 200 years, with an untold number--
estimates range from 50,000 to 200,000-- feared dead.
A Father and His Daughter
Thousands of people are left injured.
The quake affected roughly one in three Haitians.
The devastation created serious obstacles to those
attempting to deliver promised foreign aid.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
2 Weeks after 7.0 earthquake in Haiti
Haiti needs at least five to 10 years of reconstruction help
after its people were "bloodied, martyred and ruined" by
the devastating earthquake this month, Prime Minister
Jean-Max Bellerive said on Monday.
According to Kate Conradt, a spokeswoman for the aid
group Save the Children, there's an estimated 1 million
unaccompanied or orphaned children or children who lost
one parent." "They are extremely vulnerable."
Some youngsters are even being released from hospitals
with no one to care for them.
"Health workers are being advised to
monitor and send separated/unaccompanied children to
child-friendly spaces," the U.N. humanitarian office said in
its latest situation report. The plight of the young is
especially poignant even in a country where the U.N.
estimates 3 million out of a population of 9 million need
international assistance in the quake's aftermath. "We still
have a huge distance to go," said John Holmes, the U.N.
Mom Never Gave Up Hope.
16 Year Old Daughter Rescued!
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 28) - She is amazing her doctors, the 16-year-old choir girl who came close to dying but wouldn't in the crumbled concrete graveyard of Port-au-Prince.
They're among an estimated 200,000 quake dead in Haiti, including 150,000 who Haitian officials say have been buried anonymously in mass graves. Some 1 million quake-displaced people, surviving now beneath plastic sheets, cardboard, blankets or other skimpy covering in city streets and plazas, also need 200,000 family-size tents as a short-term shelter solution, international experts say.
February 8, 2010 - CNN Reports:
Man Rescued From Rubble in Haiti
4 Weeks After Earthquake
CNN's Sanjay Gupta reported that the man, 28, suffered from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but didn't seem to have sustained any serious injuries.
"Freely you have received,freely give."Matthew 10:8
"Freely you have received,freely give."Matthew 10:8
"Freely you have received,freely give."Matthew 10:8
January 12, 2011
The statistics still overwhelm: 230,000 dead, 4,000 amputees,
1,150 refugee camps persist in this city alone, squeezed onto
every traffic circle.
One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the country
is still in the early stages of recovery. Unfortunately, on the
first anniversary of one of history's worst natural disasters,
despair is still vastly common among Haitians. It is reported
that Haiti, a year after the earthquake, is a series of
overlapping tragedies with little space to grieve.
The quake drew a remarkable emergency response from the
international community. It also prompted ambitious plans
to reconstruct, even reinvent, the hemisphere's poorest
nation — to "build it back better." But the recovery process
Two-thirds of the 1.5 million Haitians left homeless by the
quake still live in tents, and fewer than half the 45,000
t-shelters that the U.N. and other housing organizations had
hoped to build by now have been erected.
It is reported...
the city still remains littered with corpes deep inside
concrete and rebar, tents and rubble.
President Obama on Haiti, One Year Later
"As we mark one year since the catastrophic
earthquake in Haiti, we honor the memory of
the quarter of a million Haitians who were
lost, along with more than one hundred
Americans, many United Nations personnel
and citizens from dozens of nations.
We recall how Americans, civilian and
military, joined with people from around the
world in one of the largest humanitarian
efforts ever attempted. And we continue to
be inspired by the Haitian people, and our
vibrant Haitian American community, who
have faced unimaginable loss with
extraordinary courage and faith."