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Haiti Still Needs Help

By on April 7, 2012 in Faith with No Comments

haiti-pic2Haiti has been a place of need for a very long time.  It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  The earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 has only made things worse with its people finding themselves in a place of even greater need.

Here are some facts about Haiti provided by World Vision’s social media team that I wanted to share with you.

  • With an average income of $520 a year, Haiti is the least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere and among the poorest in the world. Source: World Bank
  • More than one-third of Haitians cannot read or write; only half of school-aged children attend classes. Source: UNICEF
  • Some 60 percent of Haitians, mostly in rural areas, lack access to basic health-care services. Source: UNICEF
  • Haiti has the 47th highest child mortality rate in the world, and the highest in the Western Hemisphere; 76 of every 1,000 Haitian babies will die before their 5th birthday. Source: UNICEF
  • Nearly 27,000 Haitian children in nine project areas are sponsored by donors in the United States.
  • A total of 110 metric tons of emergency supplies is in the pipeline to Haiti for at least 10,000 families.
  • “World Vision has worked in Haiti for over 30 years and our commitment to Haiti extends beyond our immediate response to this disaster. We ask that you continue to run this race beside us…”-Rich Stearns, President of World Vision US

It’s easy to focus on the next “big” thing that has made the news, but frankly there is much work that still needs to be done in Haiti to help this country and its people rise above their current situation.  The relief efforts are still going on there.  Please help World Vision reach as many survivors as possible. Donate online to help Haiti now or text “GIVE” to “20222″ to donate $10 to World Vision Haiti relief (I just did this – it’s super easy!)

About the Author

About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in.  Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids.  Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. .

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