Haiti and Me 海地與我 陳靈芬老師
In January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, which caused catastrophic damages and casualties in the country. Since then, Tzu Chi Foundation in the U.S. has provided continuous humanitarian relief efforts, including immediate medical and food supplies and long-term recovery projects, to the poor country.
I have had participated in different relief projects since March 2010 and visited Haiti for three times. The mission of the trips was either to distribute food and school supplies or provide free medical care. We went to variety of places, and I saw the innocence and kindness of the children but also felt sorry for them. These kids had to take classes in some humble tents in extremely hot weather due to the fact that many school buildings were collapsed in the aftermath of earthquake. The kids had to worry how to survive while children in developed countries possessed everything, including parental love, education, and variety of entertainment, etc.
The trip to an orphanage named Supreme was particularly a heart-breaking experience. A five-year-old girl consumed an extremely huge amount of food during breakfast and lunch time, which were only 3 hours apart. I was told by the manager of the orphanage that the children kept eating because they had no idea when they could have the next meal.
A campaign of “Power of Five” was initiated throughout the country last October by Tzu Chi Foundation in the U.S. to encourage people to participate in a monthly donation drive to help the poor children all over the world. A small donation of five dollars every month may not only help people in need worldwide and give them warmth and hope as well. Please support the campaign with us and help the children in poor regions.