Since Haiti was struck by a massive 7.0 Earthquake on January 12th, North American Disciples congregations have responded out of faith, hope, and a radical sense of generosity.
In keeping with that faithful generosity, Week of Compassion has striven to be efficient, effective, and transparent in helping coordinate the ways that Disciple contributions have made a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti. As you will see from the brief report below, Disciples congregations have contributed nearly $1.7 million to relief and development efforts through our ecumenical and denominational partnerships. The generosity of congregations and individuals from all over North America has given us the ability to not only contribute to immediate relief efforts but also to commit to long-term recovery and re-development in Haiti.
The situation in Haiti is a challenging one.
- The death toll from the earthquake stands at approximately 230,000
- An estimated 1.2 million Haitians are homeless
- And long term rebuilding costs are estimated at $13.2 billion
Through denominational partners like CONASPEH, we have been able to respond to emergency needs of communities in Port-Au-Prince and beyond; through ecumenical partnerships with Social Services of Dominican Churches (SSID), Church World Service, and ACT Alliance, 2,000 Haitian families in a border settlement on the Haiti side of the Haiti/DR border have received food, shelter, and health resources; our partnership with Church World Service has also provided immense assistance to vulnerable children and people with disabilities, as we have coordinated efforts with Service Chretien d’Haiti, ChristianAid (UK), the Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice (COPJ) and House of Hope.
THANK YOU for what you have done. THANK YOU for your courageous compassion. Our work continues, and we will keep you updated as the ways we respond continue to evolve in response to the situation on the ground.
Week of Compassion Haiti Giving as of 3/16:
As of March 15, 2010, Week of Compassion has provided:
$55,000 to DOM for Haiti Relief (for CONASPEH and House of Hope)
$115,067.84 to CWS for Haiti Relief
$100,000 to ACT Alliance for Haiti Relief
$5,000 to IMA World Health for medicine boxes for Haiti
$10,500 to Church Extension for U.S. Haitian congregations in the NE Region needing solidarity and support
Y-T-D Provisions Total: $285,067.85