Haiti Earthquake Update (and Brentwood diocese raise £210,000!)

To date, generous supporters in Brentwood have sent over £210,000 to CAFOD. We are also aware that many parishes and schools are collecting on an on-going basis. This is an amazing response and we thank every one of you who has donated to this emergency.

It is now time to look at longer term needs, especially as the rainy and hurricane season is approaching.

The total raised by CAFOD is over £4,438,000 – thank you!

£5 buys a blanket for a person made homeless

£25 buys a hygiene kit for a family made homeless after the earthquake in Haiti including soap, bleach, towels, toothbrushes, water container, rubbish sacks etc

£25 buys an emergency shelter kit, including tarpaulin, rope and nails for a family

£30 buys a food pack to feed a family for one week

Some of the ways your money has helped:

Setting up a sanitation scheme for Champs de Mars, a huge internally displaced persons camp around the Presidential Palace where 30,000 people have sought refuge

850,000 people provided with clean water – either through tankers, “water bladders” (a bladder holds 15,000 litres of water and is refilled daily. It provides enough water for 1,000 people per day), or distributing water bottles and purification tablets. Without a clean water supply people are prone to dehydration and stomach bugs

  • Images: Lane Hartill/CRS and Mike Noyes/CAFOD
  • Haiti: You can help lift their burden of debt

    January’s earthquake in Haiti killed at least 200,000 people and destroyed homes, schools and hospitals. Rebuilding will take years and cost billions – yet Haiti is already burdened by enormous debts built up by corrupt governments of the past.

    It’s wrong to expect Haiti’s people to repay this debt. This week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it is working with donors to make sure Haiti’s debt is cancelled. But this may take years. And cancellation could come with strings attached, making Haiti’s situation even worse.

    Email Gordon Brown to call on the IMF for all of Haiti’s debt to be cancelled immediately, and to ensure that debt cancellation is automatically on the agenda when a poor country is struck by disaster.

    For Haiti’s future, please act now.

    As a member of the Caritas Federation, we are supporting our partners to assist with the relief effort following the earthquake on the Caribbean Island of Haiti on January 12, 2010

    Please support our appeal, or the DEC appeal, via www.cafod.org.uk/haitiappeal

    You can follow our bloggers on the ground at: http://blog.cafod.org.uk/category/haiti/

    And get all the latest news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cafod

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