As most of you know, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince last Tuesday afternoon, collapsing buildings, including at least one hospital. Tens of thousands are feared dead in the largest quake to strike the impoverished Caribbean nation in 200 years. Power is out, telecommunications are spotty and food and water are reportedly growing scarce. Now, this morning a second earthquake, a 6.1-magnitude, struck again.
The school I work at (our local neighborhood school) has started a fundraising effort to help the people of Haiti. Students, staff, and parents are collecting money to help Mercy Corps help those in dire need. Mercy Corps is focusing on the immediate humanitarian needs on the ground — water, food, temporary shelter supplies and much more. As the most basic needs are met, Mercy Corps’ response team will transition from relief to long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit Jacobsville Elementary's fundraising page here.
You may also finds updates on recovery efforts here.
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