At least three million people have been affected by this week’s earthquake, with at least 50,000 dead. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti – the largest diocese of the Episcopal Church – has, like all social institutions in Haiti, been devastated.
Hold all of the people of Haiti, and all those with friends and loved ones in Haiti, in your prayers. The National Cathedral hosted A Service of Prayer for Haiti on Sunday January 17 at 6PM ET which was broadcast nationally. Check the cathedral website for more details and view the service online.
The most immediate thing Americans can do is give to the relief effort. Episcopal Relief & Development has disbursed emergency funding to the Diocese of Haiti to help meet critical needs such as food, water and shelter for those affected, and stands ready to support the country’s ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in the days to come. As Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said this week: “Even under ‘normal’ circumstances, Haiti struggles to care for her nine million people. I urge your concrete and immediate prayers in the form of contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development, who are already working with the Diocese of Haiti to send aid where it is most needed.”
I applaud President Obama’s pledge of $100 million in U.S. assistance to Haiti, and his Administration’s decision to halt, for the time being, U.S. efforts to return Haitians refugees already in the United States to their own land. Click here to send a message to the President and tell him Haiti needs OUR help now.
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