2009 was a year where there were a lot of natural catastrophes that hit the Philippines and the world. We have seen how Filipinos have helped one another and stood up after everything has fallen showing that the Filipino can and will survive.
This 2010, The first country to be hit by a natural disaster I guess is Haiti. It was hit by a major earthquake that almost the entire Haiti area was affected. Wikipedia shares this particular event –
On January 12, 2010, at 21:53 UTC, (4:53 pm local time) Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake, the country’s most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicenter of the quake was just outside the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. It has been estimated that the death toll could reach 200,000. Widespread damage resulted from the quake. The capital city was devastated.
The Presidential Palace was badly damaged, with the second floor entirely collapsing onto the first floor; the Haitan Parliament building, UN mission headquarters and the National Cathedral were also destroyed. International aid flowed in but was hampered by damaged infrastructure: the main port was damaged beyond immediate use, the one local airport was of limited capacity and border crossings with the Dominincan Republic were distant and crowded.
Haiti will need to be completely rebuilt from the ground up, according to a journalist, as “[e]ven in good times, Haiti is an economic wreck, balancing precariously on the razor’s edge of calamity.”
I guess, a lot has to be done to rebuild what was lost, not just the buildings and the infrastructure but of lives as well. I would believe that when calamity strikes, the first question will be “Why God?”. This unfortunately, cannot be answered immediately. But the bible gave us clues to what reasons why there will be great storms and earthquakes.
I know, even I can’t help but ask what on earth happened but my mouth shall keep silent and not ask God about that, He knows well how to run the earth than me babbling about why.
Hope For Haiti Campaign
I decided to make something out of it. I want to help Haiti. The best opportunity came when our company decided to join “Hope For Haiti” campaign by MTV.
Volunteers coming from the United States and the other network companies across Asia will join hand in hand for one great move to help Haiti back to its feet – or hopefully, start to whatever can be raised for Haiti. According to MTV News –
Wyclef Jean will join George Clooney and CNN’s Anderson Cooper in hosting MTV Networks’ “Hope for Haiti,” the global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The telethon will be hosted by Clooney in Los Angeles, Jean in New York and Cooper in Haiti. All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation
I’ll be joining more than 2000 employees in the Philippines for the Hope For Haiti Telethon, I’ve volunteered 2 hours of my rest day to receive calls from MTV viewers who wish to donate for the campaign.
Excited Over the Telethon
Of course, I’m excited about this particular endeavor since this is the first time I’ll join such cause! But I do hope I won’t be a burden instead of a blessing during the campaign, gosh…the callers might laugh at me.
But anyway, I’m confident that this will be a GREAT success and I’m praying God will do the rest afterwards!