The devastation in Haiti is heart-breaking and there are many worthwhile organizations providing aid to the Haitians.
God be with these families – those who have lost friends and family members to death and those who are wounded (with medical help lacking and much needed), and the other terrible results because of this earthquake.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is already taking donations through a special phone line, 0370 60 60 900, and through its website http://www.dec.org.uk, and tomorrow it expects to launch a television appeal.
A spokesman said major UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Al-Jazeera have agreed to broadcast the appeal.
A DEC spokesman said giving money was the best way to help so supplies could be purchased as close as possible to the disaster area and sent straight to those in need.
He said, where possible, emergency supplies would be bought in areas of Haiti which are not affected by the disaster.
If that was not possible, aid agencies would turn to the Dominican Republic and then the US.
Some aid agencies have already started trying to help those in affected areas but the spokesman said: ‘The aid effort isn’t on the scale that’s required and we need people’s help to scale it up urgently.’
Money raised from DEC’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal will support the efforts of the DEC’s members, which are the major UK aid agencies.
The 13 member agencies are Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.
Bertin Meance, from HelpAge International, said: ‘This is definitely the biggest disaster that Haiti has to face in more than 200 years.
‘The situation is indescribable. A few images remain in my mind – thousands of people are homeless and will need temporary shelters.
‘They are all gathered in public squares. Some are afraid to return to their homes. Some do not have homes to return to.
‘There are reports of looting. Many people, including older people, are traumatised because this is
the first time that most living Haitians are experiencing an earthquake.
‘The extent of losses of human lives is leaving many people traumatised.
As well as tens of thousands of homes, hospitals and schools were also destroyed.