In an effort to help the disaster support efforts in Haiti, SDStorage is launching a fundraiser to collect monetary donations which will support the disaster relief funds currently providing Haitian people with clean water, food, and shelter.
Online PR News – 26-February-2010 – – On Tuesday January 12, 2010, at 4:53 PM, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the strongest earthquake on record since 1770, devastated the country of Haiti, an already extremely impoverished nation, destroying homes and cities leaving nothing but rubble, chaos, and lost lives in its path. As if that wasn’t detrimental enough to the people of Haiti, a 6.1 magnitude aftershock hit on January 20, while Haitians were still desperately struggling to make it out of the aftermath of the first earthquake.
History establishes Haiti as a regionally progressive and resilient country in many ways, including being the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent nation in the world with a black leader, and the only nation who gained independence through a successful slave rebellion. However, the Nation of Haiti has never experienced such overwhelming destruction and suffering as they are currently facing, and the country once known for effectively breaking barriers through fervent efforts and dedication is itself being broken; both as a country and a community.
America is still recovering from the 2005 tragedy known as Hurricane Katrina, the third deadliest hurricane in U.S. history which took 1,836 lives and cost over 400,000 Americans their jobs, sending America, namely the gulf coast, into an economic crisis. Although Hurricane Katrina was no doubt a catastrophe, the current state of things in Haiti is far worse than anything we have seen in the past. Currently, the death toll of the January 12 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks is estimated at 200,000.
As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, most Haitians live on less that $2 a day. The country’s extreme poverty continues to play a part in the calamity, with buildings continuing to collapse with each aftershock. This is mainly due to the complete lack of construction standards in Haiti. The mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s Capitol, estimated about 60% of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances in 2008 after the collapse of a school. With 80% of Haiti’s population living under the poverty line, they lack the means to help themselves through this disaster alone.
While America continues to send crisis response teams in an effort to assist earthquake victims, they have called upon us as individuals to help in any way we can. When this type of cataclysmic incident occurs, we all need to take a step back from our busy schedules and be thankful for what we have, as well as contribute to disaster relief efforts so we may help them through this tragic series of events, showing them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
In an effort to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquakes, SDStorage is launching a fundraiser supporting disaster relief in Haiti. We ask that you put yourself in their shoes for just a moment, and realize how truly lucky we are to have the simple things in life that are often taken for granted such as food, clean water, shelter; while these are such basic items, try imagining life without them. That is the situation that the people of Haiti are in right now, and this is a call to action for anyone who is caring, compassionate, and willing to help fix the unimaginable conditions being experienced in Haiti. You don’t have to be wealthy to contribute; every single cent that is donated makes a difference. Whether you are able to donate one dollar or one thousand dollars, each donation is a small step towards relief in Haiti. Donations can be made at http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/sdstorage or at any of SDStorage’s San Diego self storage facilities.