Listen to Haiti Update Conference Call With Wess Stafford

This morning, Compassion President Wess Stafford interviewed Edouard Lassegue, Vice President of Latin American Region, who spoke by cell phone from Haiti about the situation on the ground and our efforts to minister to the Haitian people.

The call includes insights into our disaster response work and updates about the status of our staff and partner churches in Haiti.

You’ll also hear about our ability to distribute aid to Haiti through the Dominican Republic and our network of Haitian church partners.

The call is approximately 35 minutes long.

Listen Here.

Earthquake Pictures From Haiti

Earthquake pictures from Haiti taken by our staff and contractors are now available for viewing in our Haiti Earthquake set on Flickr.

It’s Time to Start Over in Haiti

UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2010 – Listen to Tim interviewed by Rodney Olsen on Australia’s 98.5 Sonshine FM.

You can see the photos and video footage on your television or computer, but they don’t do the devastation in Haiti justice.

Building after building has collapsed. I’ve seen dozens of multistory buildings that have collapsed into a stack of pancaked floors. Looking at the sheer tonnage of cement, I’m amazed anyone survived.

Hospitals, schools, churches and businesses all flattened. As if this country didn’t already struggle to provide those services to those who need it. That is the great irony right now. The number of people who need medical attention has increased dramatically as the result of this disaster, but the number of medical clinics and hospitals decreased. It seems so unjust.

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Child Development Centers Affected by the Haiti Earthquake

This updated and downloadable PDF lists all the child development centers in Haiti, and categorizes each center as: not directly affected, moderately affected or significantly affected.

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Please Encourage Our Haiti Staff: Prayers Needed

This blog post is about our staff in Haiti. We would like this to be a bulletin board for you to share your prayers and encouragement for them and
with them.

Although many of our staff have suffered incredible losses as a result of this disaster, we are asking them to perform heroically, and they are!

And they’re doing so in the face of loss and widespread devastation that many of us can only imagine. Because we are a world away, it’s easy to overlook that what we’re asking them to deliver must be obtained in the midst of communication and transportation problems, aftershocks and deep personal trauma.

Numerous members of our staff in Haiti are grieving the deaths of family members and friends. Some have lost their homes, and others are injured themselves.

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Haiti Earthquake Video Message From President Of Compassion

You can also view the Haiti earthquake video on YouTube.

  • Get the latest updates on the Haiti earthquake and it’s affect on Compassion and the children we serve.

Haiti Earthquake Updates

UPDATED: Feb. 9, 2010 at 11:25 a.m. (MT) – Our Haiti staff continue gathering information on each child, student, church and baby and caregiver we serve. As you wait for details, please keep in mind that communication and transportation on the ground in Haiti is still difficult.

Although we face extreme challenges because of this, we will confirm each child’s status as soon as we are able. We will contact you even if your child was not directly affected.

The information gathering process is slow. As we receive information about specific children, we are verifying that it is correct. This fact-checking means that getting the information to you takes longer, but we are doing everything we can to get it to you as quickly as possible.

Anytime we receive new information about our relief efforts, this blog post is updated. Lack of updates means lack of information. We understand the frustration this causes, and we empathize and apologize. As you pray for us, we are praying for you.

A spokesperson for the Hames family has reported that:

“remains believed to be that of our dear friend, David Hames, have been recovered from the Hotel Montana and are in custody of the U.S. government, waiting to be transferred to Dover, DE for final forensic examination. We don’t know how long this final examination will take nor how long it will take the… military to transport the remains due to the snowstorm on the East Coast.

Let’s keep the Hames family in constant prayer, knowing that God promises His presence in the midst of their pain and sorrow.

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Images of Child Development Centers in Haiti

UPDATED: Jan. 29, 2010 – List of child development centers affected by the Haiti earthquake

Here is a Google Earth image showing the approximate location for the earthquake’s epicenter in relation to our child development centers.

The image is just intended to give perspective not definitively identify where all the centers are located. However, there is a discussion thread in Facebook about the location of some centers.

The fact that many development centers are so close to one another means that some centers can’t be seen. And obviously the size of the image makes it difficult to read the numbers that are visible. We published a larger image in Twitpic and in Facebook.

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On January 12th an earthquake shook Port-au-Prince leaving thousands dead and many more without food, water, or shelter. Now, more than a month later, Compassion International is still standing with the people of Haiti.

Compassion has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling.

Your donation will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti in Jesus’ name for many months to come. Please give.