All In Separate Bubbles
I wrote the other day about how we are each in our own ‘bubble‘, living our own separate lives, not really knowing each other or what the other’s life is really like. I wrote from the perspective of how easy it is to think that what we do is a cause for what others do or say. I said that we each live in our own reality, in our own ‘bubbles’, and we don’t realize that others experience a different reality. I used the example of ven diagrams to say that we share tiny bits of our lives with those around us, but for the most part, we pass like so many soap bubbles on the breeze.
Tragedy Beyond Comprehension
Even though we live like bubbles on the breeze, each in our own reality, we see bits of each other’s lives. In the case of disasters, we often see into each other’s world on television and online. This disaster was so sudden and so devastating, it was almost beyond comprehension. We live in different places, but we are connected by the need created by this loss of life, and loss of basic needs (access to clean water, food, and safe shelter).
The Ven of Haiti
Even with the horror of the stories we see and hear, we cannot possibly know the personal tragedy experienced by those we see in photos and on television. We do, however, have the opportunity to connect in some way and offer assistance. I am glad that there are governmental and non-governmental organizations that have stepped in to help. For most of us, going in person to places that have suffered terrible loss is not an option. For those of us who cannot provide assistance in person, we can participate through the organizations that are already there offering help to the survivors.
I Did Not Write About Haiti
I tend to write posts and schedule them for days ahead. When something happens in the world, sometimes I move posts and write about current events. In this case, the scheduled posts have continued to show up on schedule. I did not interrupt the schedule, because I really did not know what to say. I still don’t know that I have anything to offer other than to provide links to articles with information about how we individuals can help.
How We Can Help the People of Haiti
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Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Precious water, food and early glimmers of hope began reaching parched and hungry earthquake survivors Saturday on the streets of this shattered city, where despair at times turned into a frenzy among the ruins.
A U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman declared the quake the worst disaster the international organization has ever faced, since so much government and U.N. capacity in the country was demolished. In that way, Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva, it’s worse than the cataclysmic Asian tsunami of 2004: “Everything is damaged.”
Despite many obstacles, the pace of aid delivery was picking up. The Haitian government had established 14 distribution points for food and other supplies, and U.S. Army helicopters were reconnoitering for more. With eight city hospitals destroyed or damaged, aid groups opened five emergency health centers. Vital gear, such as water-purification units, was arriving from abroad.
… comprehensive list of links to donate and get involved in relief efforts for victims of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. You can also go to The Goods: Help Send Relief To Haiti, an online store by Causecast and HuffPost Impact, where you can purchase products for organizations that will be directly used on the ground in Haiti.
The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747