how you can help children affected by the haiti earthquake

January 16, 2010

Like everyone else in the world, I have been watching what has been going on in Haiti over the past week with a heavy, heavy heart. When disasters of this scale happen, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and a sense of hopelessness.

You have probably noticed the Compassion Help Haiti banner on my sidebar. I wanted to share with you a little bit about this organization and my experience with it over the past 15 years.

Compassion International is a christian child advocacy ministry that works to release children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. They work with 1 million children in 25 countries around the world.

I first became a sponsor as a college freshman. Ben also started sponsoring a child in college before we met and after we got married, we continued sponsoring and volunteering with this ministry. Today we continue to sponsor children and have had the privilege of meeting many graduates of the program who have been able to break the cycle of poverty, go on to college, and become productive and inspirational members of their communities. This ministry works. Lives are changed and communities are being transformed.

My husband had the opportunity to travel to Haiti this past year to visit Compassion's work there. I wanted to share some of his pictures with you.

Haiti before the earthquake

I want to share these pictures because I want you to see that there is a way to help.

These children are a part of Compassion's program in Haiti. Aren't they beautiful? It breaks my heart to think that any one of these was harmed, injured, or killed in this week's disaster.

I have no idea if they were affected or not, but if they are, you can help them and others like them by donating to Compassion's Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief.

You can help mothers who have lost their homes.

Children who have lost their parents, grandparents, and siblings.

Your money can help these children. Here's what a donation can do:
  • $35 helps provide a relief pack filled with enough food and water to sustain a family for one week
  • $70 gift helps care for their needs for two weeks
  • $105 helps provide relief packs filled with enough food and water to sustain two families for two weeks.
  • $210 gift helps care for two families' needs
  • $525 helps provide relief packs filled with enough food and water to sustain 10 families for two weeks
  • $1,050 gift helps care for 10 families' needs
  • $1,500 helps rebuild a home
  • $2,100 helps supply 20 families with the basics for three weeks.
We are giving our money to the Haiti Earthquake relief fund. We know that this organization will use the money responsibly to provide much needed help to the children and their families who have been affected by this disaster.

If you are interested in learning more about Compassion and it's work, I'd be happy to tell you more. Just send me an email.

If you'd like to read more, here are some helpful links:

Banners for your blog or facebook page
How you can sponsor a child

I just found out via OhAmanda that Money Saving Mom is hosting a Help Haiti blog project. For every blogger that writes a post about what they are specifically doing to help Haiti, she and her husband are donating $10 to Compassion International. (And if you don't have a blog, you can still participate by sending her an email.) So if you have already given to the Red Cross or some other organization, you can write a post, link to her blog, and she will donate $10 to Compassion--isn't that awesome? There are already 363 bloggers linked up! I'm linking this post up as soon as I finish writing it.

She also has a list of at least 50 bloggers who are also donating to Haiti Relief efforts in some way for every person who comments or links to their blogs. So, check out the list and start commenting away to help Haiti!


Chels said...

What an encouraging post and very helpful too.

Playing by the book said...

Hi Vanessa,

Thanks for this post and for sharing your husband's photos. I've forwarded the Money Saving Mom link to a network I'm involved in (British Mummy Bloggers) which is organizing a similar joint effort. In case you haven't seen them you might be interested in these 2 links:

"The Queen of Free" said...

Hi Lady Vanessa! Thanks for commenting on QoF. I also LOVE Compassion. I knew that Ben worked there but wasn't sure at what capacity. Compassion was next on my list (and a very close 3rd). There are SO many amazing charities that were already established in Haiti before the quake hit that it's hard to choose where to give. Thanks again for commenting, reading, and blogging. Keep changing your world one penny at a time! - Cherie

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