Can you even imagine where one starts when tackling the extreme devastation in Haiti? It blows my mind even thinking about it. There was no real infrastructure before the earthquake, so now what? According to UNICEF via this article on CNN.com, there were 380,000 orphans living in Haiti before the earthquake. Can you even imagine how many there are now?
One way that Scott and I have decided to help is by donating to our favorite charity, Compassion International. We sponsor two children via Compassion, one in southern Mexico and one in Bolivia. Compassion always receives stellar ratings from Charity Navigator and it is the one organization we always trust with our money without question. Adding to our loyalty is the fact that Compassion is a Colorado Springs-based charity with two employees from the Springs who are in Haiti as I type; one is safe, and one is still missing.
According to an email I received from Compassion yesterday, Compassion serves more than 65,000 children in Haiti and at least a third of those live in areas that were hardest hit by the earthquake. By Compassion's estimates, thousands of their children and families have lost everything and many of their church-based development centers have been destroyed. Without a doubt, they know that the children they serve in Haiti are in shock and face immediate needs for food, water, medical care, shelter and counseling. They have teams prepared to respond and are deeply committed to helping each child.
If you decide to donate to Compassion, here is how your money will be used:
- $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.