Haiti earthquake: Trócaire’s Response. Haiti: Fact file. Haiti is and island located in the Caribbean. Capital: Port-au-Prince Population: 8,400,000 Language: French Religion: Catholic, Protestantism & Voodoo. Source: trocaire.org. Haiti Earthquake: Facts.
Haiti earthquake: Trócaire’s Response
Haiti is and island located in the Caribbean.
background information on Haiti before the earthquake occurred.
Hold a classroom debate on the following topic:
‘It is more important to reduce poverty around the world than to raise money for disaster relief’.
The latest figures estimate that 200,000 people have died since the earthquake struck (as of 20/01/10).
Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless.
United Nations (UN) estimated that 3.5 million people will be affected by the quake.
UN emergency teams estimate that over half of the buildings in the worst hit area’s, have been damaged or destroyed.
Catholic Relief Service (CRS) was able to respond immediately.
CRS is distributing food and water to desperate quake survivors in Port-au-Prince.
Trócaire’s emergency programme manager Maurice McQuillan said , ‘The immediate needs are for tents for provisional shelters, covers, clothing, clean water, food, psychological support, first aid materials, drugs, flashlights and batteries’.
Prayer for Reflection
God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us. In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disasterto see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us.
Be with all creation; strengthen us in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti. All creation returns to you in mourning and your grace guides our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.
Care of Catholic Relief Services/CRS
Trócaire would like to acknowledge our partner Caritas Internationalis for allowing us to use their photos. www.caritas.org.