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Thursday, 14th January 2010

MSMAS donated to 'Tearfund' to assist immediately with the Haiti Earthquake Relief work....

Kyoshi Payne, on behalf our MSMAS, made an immediate cash donation to Tearfund as a tangible sign of our concern for those caught up in this terrible event....

 

Subject: Thank you from Tearfund

DATE: 14 January 2010

Thank you so much for your gift to bring vital aid to the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Our church-based partners in Haiti are responding to the most urgent needs - providing temporary shelters to those made homeless - and will be providing food, clean water and sanitation.

Thank you again for your generosity, which will help to save lives.  

Allison Liu ~ Donor Care Manager

 

Comments by Kyoshi Payne:

Having seen the poverty at first hand in Jamaica during last year's visit, then knowing that Haiti is poorer, it is difficult to imagine a disaster like this without the backup facilities we all seem to take for granted here in the UK.

On January 12, 2010, at 21:53 UTC, Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicenter of the quake was just off the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, sparking a tsunami watch for parts of the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Widespread damage resulted from the quake, with a majority of buildings collapsing due to poor structural design. The capital city was devastated. The Presidential Palace was badly damaged, with the second floor entirely collapsing onto the first floor; the Haitan Parliment building and the National Cathedral were also destroyed. The quake had a reported magnitude of 7.0, with the focus being about 6 miles (10 km) underground, according to the USGS. A tsunami watch was posted for Haiti and parts of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas, but the watch was later canceled.

The morning following the quake (January 13, 2010), Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said, in a live interview on CNN, that he estimated the death toll of the disaster to be "hundreds of thousands of people." When re-questioned by anchor Tony Harris (because it sounded like he might have said "hundreds OR thousands"), Bellerive re-stated "more than one hundred thousand dead."

The UN Building hosting the stabilization mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH) also suffered collapse, concentrating early UN rescue efforts on their own personnel. An estimated 200 UN workers are currently missing and 5 confirmed dead (January 13).

The head of the UN Mission to Haiti as well as the Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, have been reported to be among the dead.

Doctors Without Borders confirmed that 3 of their aid centers were rendered inoperable because of the earthquake, leaving many injured Haitians without care. So far, no large foreign aid teams have arrived in Haiti, though some smaller ones have.

Based on the latest reports from the officials more than 50,000 are feared to be dead and many more injured.

To illustrate the income inequality between rich and poor countries, consider these facts: the world's richest individuals have a combined income greater than that of the poorest 416 million; 982 million people out of the developing world's 4.8 billion people live on $1 per day, and another 2.5 billion (40% of the world's population) live on less than $2 per day. In addition, the poorest 40% of the world population accounted for 5% of global income in 2005, the richest 20% accounted for 75% of world income, and the richest 10% for 54%.

 

If you also wish to donate personally then why not go to http://www.tearfund.org/

Our prayers are with all in Haiti at this time and with those travelling there to help !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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