under the rubble

It was around 6:00 PM (manila time) I was snoozing when a tremor woke me up. Not sure about the magnitude but it was that strong that the few seconds of movement of my apartment building jolted me up from my dream sequence.

I never thought it’s a warning of nature. 12 hours later right across the other side of the globe, in Port-au-Prince a 7.0 magnitude eartquake hit the city one unsuspecting afternoon. This claimed the lives of what feared to top about 100,000 people. This nation has never faced anything on such a cataclysmic scale in 200 years.

HAITIPhoto by Reuters

ft2photo by EPA for FT.com

The photos of horrific scenes came out after several hours of blackout and disconnection to anyone outside the country – fathers carrying dead babies, mothers lying bleeding in enormous piles of rubble, shrouded bodies lined the streets as dazed survivors scrabbled in the debris for loved ones.

garrett crawfordthe presidential palace before the earthquake (photo by  garrett crawford @ flickr)

reutersPhoto by Reuters

The capital Port-au-Prince was largely destroyed. The national palace smashed into a lurching heap over the grassy Champs de Mars. The collapsed twin spires of the Notre Dame d’Haiti cathedral complex claimed the life of the archbishop. The collapsed parliament trapped several public officials including the senate president, they remained under the rubble until Wednesday.

Now, aid is still scarce. Our Haitian brothers and sisters are in need of any possible help from the global community.

Here are some organizations that are accepting donations:

http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti
www.redcross.org
www.theIRC.org
www.oxfam.org.uk
www.doctorswithoutborders.org

The world helped us Filipinos get back on our feet after Ondoy. Now, it’s time to pay it forward and help the hundreds of thousands of victims in Haiti.

  • Call the Philippine National Red Cross at these numbers: 143, 527-0000, 524-5787, 666-5034, and 994-0503.
  • Wire a donation to the Red Cross International Response Fund or to the United Nations International Chieldren’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) (credit card required).
  • For OFWs/Filipino families based in the US: Text Haiti to 90999 to send a $10 donation to Red Cross. The amount will be added to your next phone bill.
  • Catholic churches in the Philippines will be conducting second collections during masses in an effort to raise funds.

Know other organizations and efforts not listed above? Post them in the comments section below, and we’ll add them to the list.

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