Pope to Give Donation to Haiti for Schools

“An annual meeting of the Populorum Progressio Foundation dedicated to allotting funds to projects for vulnerable people across Latin America and the Caribbean will take place later this month. During the meeting, a substantial donation will be made in the Pope’s name for the rebuilding of a Haitian school damaged in January’s earthquake.

At the meeting, 230 projects from 20 different countries from Mexico to Bolivia, Brazil and the Antilles will be presented. Besides paperwork, the group will visit Church-run aid camps in Haiti and will celebrate Mass with the local Church community.

Also on that day, they will meet with representatives from humanitarian aid organizations and visit Caritas’ national headquarters, where the president of “Cor Unum,” Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, will make a $250,000 donation on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI towards rebuilding St. Francis de Sales school in Port-au-Prince. The school was destroyed in the devastating earthquake last January.

The statement also announced that a second donation of an unspecified amount will be delivered in the Holy Father’s name to the local chapter of Caritas that same evening.” – “Pope to Donate $250,000 to Rebuild Haitian School”, Catholic News Agency

I always like to follow the doings of the Holy Father and see what he is up to. I will be honest, I am really glad to see him donating money towards Haiti at this point because I feel like everybody has forgotten about the terrible disaster that devastated them. It’s been a few months now and people tend to move on with their lives at that point, even though Haiti still desperately needs help. I don’t think Pope Benedict could have really chosen to give money to a better cause either. Schools are the foundation of every good society, and if Haiti wants to have any hope of rebuilding their country schools are without a doubt going to be vital in doing that.

Haitians Suffering Being Lessened by Samaritan’s Purse

I found this great article over on Christian Today and thought it was a good read. It’s good to see help still being given to those in need because everybody tends to forget they still need help even though the disaster was months ago now.

“International relief organisation Samaritan’s Purse has committed to construct 7,500 shelters for victims still without homes, six months after the massive earthquake in Haiti.

The Christian organisation, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, has completed 2,360 transitional shelters, more than any other relief agency in Haiti.

“Months have passed since the quake, but the suffering continues for the people of Haiti,” said Graham.

Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to provide shelter, food, clean water, physicians and education to Haitians.

Food has been distributed to over 300,000 people and 100 hand pumps are being rehabilitated in Port-au-Prince, the relief organisation reported. Salaries are also being provided for 200 teachers in 20 schools and 400 women are receiving training on job skills and health. Samaritan’s Purse has raised $51 million for relief and recovery work in Haiti.” – “Samaritan’s Purse provides Haitians relief from sun and storms”

This post reminded me that there are still several thousand people in Haiti living in the streets with no food or shelter. This seems to happen a lot with disasters, people care and do what they can to help for the first few weeks or months after it happens but then forget that a few months effort does not fix the terrible reality of what happened. Haiti needs continued support to ever rebuild again, and I am glad to see somebody offering a helping hand to them. It can rain for weeks at a time in Haiti and with no shelter that is literally devastating to people. I’m glad to see the Samaritan’s Purse doing what they can to help out Haiti.