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Plea for Haiti from Suzi

By Suzi LeVeaux - Posted on 20 January 2010

A couple of days ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN said that he could not find a single neurosurgeon in Haiti (besides himself), and that they were needed, as there are many head injuries.

 A minister has gotten together a team of five neurosurgeons who have volunteered to go to Haiti.  They have trauma/field experience, are cleared to enter Haiti, have a charter plane lined up and paid for.  They have run into a snarl of red tape in trying to get placement in Haiti with NGOs. Drs. Without Borders said they had to fill our application before the earthquake, another said they needed an affidavit of faith...etc etc etc. 

They will be bringing everything they need with them...they just need an O.R.  Does anyone know someone who  ............WAIT!!!!!

Hot off the presses...We just got word that the team with Dr Gupta at CNN is now helping our neurosurgical team get properly embedded to help injured Haitians.  Thank you God!

I am posting this anyway so everyone can know how chaotic and impeding red tape can be in the face of disaster.  Something needs to change at a time like this.

The US Navy's hospital ship, the Comfort, started Wednesday treating patients off the coast of Haiti'. Medical professionals are aboard the 1,000-bed hospital ship.

In addition to the estimated 200,000 killed in last week's earthquake, a Doctors Without Borders official has estimated there are half a million injured.

Most of us cannot wrap our head around how truly dire the situation is there.  I hope everyone will do what they can to help.

Something needs to be done to circumvent some of the red tape in a disaster situation.  People are suffering and dying while volunteers try to navigate through a sea of regulation.

What Is Slowing the Relief Effort in Haiti?

From CNN. Amazing-5 Year old boy pulled from rubble after 8 days. Had severe dehydration but appears alright.

But survivors were still being discovered in the rubble of homes and other buildings in Port-au-Prince. A 5-year-old boy named Monley was pulled alive from a collapsed home on Wednesday and was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe dehydration. His mother was killed and his father is missing, but doctors attributed Monley's survival to resilience and the strength of his young body.

Relatives found the boy in a void beneath the ruins of his house as they searched for his father, his uncle said. Four of the uncle's friends helped pull the boy out as he cried out, over and over again, "I'm thirsty."

When I was reading a story about missing students in Haiti, I saw one of the professors had a Buffalo connection-Dr. Hartwick (had been a professor at Daemen College) and I realzied with sadness that I had worked with him very closely in an intensive reading/turoring program in the summer several years ago. My heart goes out to his family and the families of the students who were traveling with him. Here's an article about the missing students and professors.


Jan 21

Getting help in is still a challenge. Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern Command running Haiti's airports said Thursday that 1,400 flights are on a waiting list for slots at the Port-au-Prince airport that can handle 120 to 140 flights a day.

A medical team of about 100 members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces leaves for Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.

It's comforting that so many countries want to help. It shows that there is good in this world and other international affairs can take a back seat.

Pew Research Center poll

1/14-17; 1,003 adults

All in all, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Obama Administration has handled the
government's response to the situation in Haiti?

64% Approve, 14% Disapprove

Most Closely Followed Story

57% A major earthquake in Haiti
18% Debate over health care reform
11% Reports about the condition of the U.S. economy
3% The current situation and event in Iraq
1% NBC rearrangomg its late-night comedy programs with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien

Interesting. I agree that President Obama has done a great job. There have been terrible glitches with transferring supplies and food but there was not much he could do in terms of airport restrictions and infrastructure limits. Did you hear he personally donated $15,000? I wonder if he plans to go there soon. I'm sure that would really give the people a much needed lift.
Ok,,I am going to do my best not to come across in a mean fashion cause I sincerely do not intend it to be. What happened in Haiti is tragic, horrible and my prayers go out to all who is involved. But last night at a high school bball game , they were taking donations to send to Haiti. What exactly does this go to? Haiti is basically a welfare country. People dont work, they dont produce anything. The structures that were there were poor to start with. Aid is being provided by many countries and workers are still searching for survivors.  They are recieving food, water, clothing, supplies. Is that what the mney goes towards, or for future housing? I dont think anyone is very clear on this. When and if things are rebuilt, what is Haiti? I dont believe its a hopleless situation, but at the same time what is their future? In all honestly they didnt have a productive past so its hard to invision a productive future. I do wonder what the donations go towards and while its great to pull together and help out and feel good about doing so, I wish at school events , etc, they would do more donations for those here at home that are homeless, struggling and especially in these times where many people are hurting. Feel free to lead me alittle strighter on this topic cause quite frankly, I am I guess not up to what is what on it.

I have for a very long time avoided EVER quoting Scripture to anyone because I consider religion and spirituality to be a very personal thing -- I try to not impose mine onto anyone else.  But I'm making an exception here -- from Luke 9:48: "For he who is least among you all -- he is the greatest."

I don't know any other way to respond to this post.  Please, Blake -- try for one moment to put yourself in someone else's shoes, even if you have no idea what those "shoes" might feel like.  I don't know what abject poverty is, but I can sure as hell imagine that "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" isn't even in the realm of what Haitians can imagine, much less strive toward.


From TSA's official press release.  

The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest international relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005
More than 700 officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti are responding to the needs of the people there.
Dozens of Salvation Army disaster response workers and medical teams from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.
The Salvation Army has established a supply line from south Florida to Port au Prince to deliver aid and supplies to its disaster response teams, including more than 2 million meals within the next week to two weeks.
Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.
The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.

Since response began, The Salvation Army has distributed more than 14,000 meal kits to families in Port Au Prince.
The provisions are enough to supply a family with five days of food.

Workers on-the-ground have observed that food is such a desperate need that many people with even severe wounds will line up to receive food BEFORE seeking medical treatment because they feel that the lack of food is the greater threat to their immediate survival.
At the main Salvation Army compound at Delmas 2 in Port Au Prince, a 10,000-gallon water purification system is operational and serving survivors.
Thousands of people have made their home in a large soccer field behind this compound and emergency teams are concentrating efforts assisting these people.

More than 600 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.
Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from United States, Canada, the U.K. and other countries are treating hundreds of people per day in Port Au Prince and elsewhere.
Specifically, doctors and nurses have delivered several babies at the main compound in Port Au Prince and have been working at orphanages in the area to assist infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.

In the U.S., The Salvation Army has organized a base of operations in south Florida and is moving supplies and personnel regularly.
A cargo plane containing medical and other supplies and a small plane of relief workers arrived in Port Au Prince Wednesday (1/20/10).

Massive shipments of water, food, sheltering and other emergency supplies being secured, organized, and staged for shipment to Haiti and distribution through 4 existing Aid Centers.
Due to the logistical challenges of getting large planes into Haiti directly, The Salvation Army is currently considering options to establish a supply line through Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized
As of Wednesday (1-20-10) morning, The Salvation Army had raised more than $5.75 million for relief efforts.
Donors can text the word HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts via their phone bill.   It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, “yes.”
Monetary donations can also be made through:
The Salvation Army
Disaster Relief Fund
3612 Cuming Street
Omaha NE 68131
*Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief*
Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.


Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. 

-- Benjamin Franklin

And it is posts like these that have driven me away.  

When the power of love overcomes the love of power
the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix

I think Blakee just had a lunch outing with Rush Limbaugh. I don't know where to begin, but I can assure you the people are far from lazy and you can not imagine the poverty they must live through (and I'm talking before the earthquake.) Read a few books on the history of Haiti and the resilience of it's people despite the oppression and you may decide to give a few dimes.  Now go, study up!
 Well Ok as I said I was only asking. Still am wondering where my dime will go. I have no problem at all with helping those in need. I wish I could give more. Idont have much but still every christmas make an attempt to drop what little I can in the Salvation army can,  even gave a few bucks to a homeless guy,,whether he was legit or not who knows, his problem not mine if he was faking.  I cant stand to see people hungry, i would rather myself be hungry than anyone here. None of this is my point.  It is awful, horrible, and very sad what has happened.  Alot on innocent lives have been lost and or ruined.  You cant assure me people are far from lazy, thats just society everywhere. Some are, some arent.   As I said, my intentions were of the asking variety and not to be mean and thanks for the responses although feel free to continue cause I dont have the time to go read up on Haitian history. Hasnt became a #1 priority yet...and still looks a wee little ways down the road till it does. Nothing against them, just life,lol.

This post sounds more like you, Blake.  You have every right to your opinions... I, too, worry about where my dime goes when I give -- which is why I scrutinize and research any charity I give money to; not just disaster relief charities, but any org that receives my money.

I think I understand your point about there being all kinds of people in every culture -- lazy... hard-working... every type in between.  With that, I agree whole-heartedly.  My earlier response, though, was driven by my opinion that when a large number of people are hurting badly I don't think we should attempt to judge their character before deciding to help them.  Perhaps I took your earlier post the wrong way.   


This catastrophic situation in Haiti has wrecked me. I have often prayed for God to break my heart for what breaks His. And while, on several occassions, I have felt very sad for this or that... nothing has really wrecked me. Until Haiti was struck by this earthquake.

I have been spending hours upon hours upon hours trying to help people by working online with Shaun King (a determined, passionate pastor in Atlanta), and we've had amazing success... God's favor and grace are pouring down on everyone helping. What at first appear to be mountains are being MOVED. "Faith the size of a mustard seed..." I spend A LOT praying for anyone/everyone involved in Haiti.

It seems to people that everything with me is fine on the outside because I continue to go through my day to day routine. But my heart is IN Haiti. My prayers are IN Haiti. My thoughts are IN Haiti. I want to be IN Haiti.

God has finally broken my heart for what breaks His... Haiti.

Please everyone, continue to pray for the AMAZING, STRONG, BEAUTIFUL people of Haiti. They are suffering in such a way that is unimaginable. It is a suffering so intense, so deep and so heavy, that we can not even begin to understand.


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