Haiti has dominated the news since a devastating magnitude-7 earthquake hit the country on January 12, 2010. The cataclysmic event resulted in an estimated 200,000 deaths and 250,000 injuries. More than 1.5 million people are thought to be homeless due to the massive destruction of property.
Rescue efforts began immediately after the shaking subsided; the intense quake left many people buried under rubble. Crews dug through homes, schools and buildings searching for signs of life. Some lucky people were saved by workers who bravely risked their own lives, but as the week progressed, hope of finding additional survivors diminished.
It took pure determination and resolve for rescue workers to keep going after several days of searching. At times, however, their efforts were rewarded. Rescuers found two women alive within the wreckage of a university. 69-year-old Ena Zizi was saved after enduring a week under the debris from a house where she had been attending a church meeting. A five-year-old boy survived being trapped in his home for more than 7 days.
As news of the quake spread, it was immediately obvious that the people of Haiti were urgently in need of aid. Victims of the quake desperately needed food, water, medical attention and supplies. People all over the world reacted without hesitation.
American troops were brought to Haiti to help the recovery efforts. Within a week, 11,000 servicemen were in the country delivering supplies, tending to injuries and helping out in every way possible. Another 4,000 troops are expected to deploy soon.
American civilians are also doing their part. People are donating time, blood and, most importantly, money. By January 19, nearly $250 million had been raised to help the Haitians.
School children across the country are spending their free time collecting donations. Celebrities are raising funds and awareness for the earthquake victims. Even though so many Americans have been hurt by the ongoing recession, they are tightening their budgets even more to help those who are so desperately in need.
It’s the American way. When people go through a crisis, Americans do everything possible to help. No matter what the cost, no matter what hardships they face personally. Americans are always there to lend a hand and help others rebuild their lives.
At PeopleFinders, we are inspired by the generosity that so many people are displaying, even if they are going through difficult time financially. It reminds us of why we are so proud to do what we do: help people find and reconnect with family and friends. After all, the people we share our world with are the most valuable resource and the best part of life.
It’s never too late to help the people of Haiti, and those who wish to donate are urged to send money. The Red Cross has a convenient new way to for anyone to send $10 – just text the word “HAITI” to 90999. You can do this as often as you like, and the amount will be added to your next bill.
There are moments that truly define the character of human beings. The response to this catastrophic earthquake and the following aftershock is among them. It goes so show how much people care about other people, even those we don’t know. Thank you, America, for once again displaying your humanity – and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.