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Earthquake in Haiti

Saadia Iqbal's picture

It is the worst catastrophe in Haiti's history: on January 12, a devastating earthquake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, killing thousands of people.

The International Red Cross has said that 3 million people--nearly a third of Haiti's population--will need food, water and shelter for months to come.

The earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, destroyed or seriously damaged houses, schools, and many of the city's major buildings including the National Palace, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the Ministries of Economy and Finance and Public Works, the Tax Office, the United Nations Stabilization Mission headquarters, and the World Bank’s office.

The international community is rallying efforts to help the country deal with the aftermath of the earthquake. Here are a few places where you can learn more about the ongoing efforts, and how you can help: 

American Red Cross
World Food Programme
Mercy Corps 
International Rescue Committee
Doctors Without Borders 


Submitted by Yemi Soneye on
Its always sad when natural disasters strike.I cant write any further because my words will not convey the 'sorryness' I have for the victims. May God rest the souls of the dead. Amen.

Submitted by Felipe Parra on
I, for one, am very glad this processes are happening now. I didn't knew about them and it's kinda shameful -since one of my top believes is that a university student must remain always *universitas*, that is, universal in knowledge. On the other hand, I'd like to ask a question. Do you think this could be applied to Art Schools? In art you see a lot of different things about the when-you're-out-of-college experience. Since there are strong deeply-rooted academic lines about how art should develop and apply into society, some of the teachers do deconstruction of myths of the career (and they also crush a lot of peoples dreams in the process about how to make a living out of what they're studying). Others encourage people to limit their artwork to specific industries, like clothing&fashion or recycling (even literature), but not to focus on the art medium/production as such. And others tend to guide their artwork into museums and art critic institutions, which is kinda hard in the things that are not usually recognized or valued as art (p.e., comics, graphic novels, graffitti, performance, et al). I wonder if this experience could be applied to the Arts&Crafts Careers (as I'd like to call the Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Technic Workshops, Belle Arts or Conceptual Arts major). Do you think this could happen anytime in Colombia? Do you know any person who is interested in developing such experience? This is something that is really important. One of the biggest things about LatinAmerican countries is the 'fuga de cerebros', talent that goes elsewhere to feel their hard study/work appreciated. So, I'm kinda curious about this situation you present us. Thanks! ;)

Submitted by Maria on
Hi Felipe! First of all, thanks for your comment. It can be applied to the careers you mention indeed. This is a general initiative that the Ministry of Education is promoting for all careers and institutions (you can check it out at These studies in particular are very important for our societies' development. It's very much needed that Art Schools engage themselves in this kind of processes.

Submitted by Joanna on
What has happened in Haiti is heart-breaking and while I was looking for how to help out I landed on this post. I was just wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to actually sign up to go there and help? I looked above at the different organisations but they're all for donating and not actually applying.

Submitted by Sindhu on
Hi, As an budding engineering graduate from India, i feel the ideas you have proposed is of immense value. We people from developing countries,try to make out the most of our knowledge in just obtaining marks. But nowadays, the importance of marks have been considerably reduced.Their is more reliance on knowledge than grades.Attitude is as important as ability. But people over here have a mindset that it is marks which make our lives. And as you said, nobody cares for the development on the whole. Though lecturers from SOME universities try to crush out this impulse.It's in vain as this idea has been stranded into our DNA. So i consider this is also a valid point to be included in your visits at least in countries like us. Cheers:)

Submitted by Maria on
Sindhu, Thank you very much for your comment. It's very interesting to see how we live similar situations in countries as different as India and Colombia. This proves that the experiences we can share can be useful for people everywhere. I agree, it's important not to let anybody crush out this impulse.

Submitted by Shiv on
I agree with the previous post if there was a way that we could directly go to hati and help instead of donating i think that would be much more effective

Submitted by Niraj Prasad Koirala on
Nature is powerful and always defensive.The increasing population and poor management in smaller and poor countries results into heavy loss of human and physical resources when the disasters like earthquake occurs.So the Governmnt of these cou8ntries should focus toward the sustainable population and infrastructur management.Haitian earthquake has taught other countries which are thought more prone to earthquake towards the management.In this time of grief we,the youth should try to help the peoples of Haiti who lost their home,land due to the earthquake.We can send them fund,clothes,food materials by collecting in our homeland.

Submitted by kakeeto henry on
the comments are amazing this is a daily worldly concern where people always think of some thing good yet i believe something right is better, in scenarios where some one does some thing to impress the other that's not right, that's just good. we the youth have to always discover our selves, who we are, not just our employers discovering us or judging us kakeeto glasius(ug)