Haiti will hold a nationwide day of mourning today to remember those who died in the catastrophic earthquake exactly a month ago that claimed more than 200,000 lives and left much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins.
The official number of people injured in the 12 January quake is now estimated at more than 300,000.
At least 700,000 Haitians are surviving without adequate shelter – many of them huddling together on whatever spare ground they can find in the already overcrowded capital and in the coastal city of Leogane, which was almost completely destroyed in the quake.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid workers remain on standby to fly to the Cook Islands to assist the Cook Islands Red Cross Society after Tropical Cyclone Pat, which battered the country on Thursday
Aid workers in New Zealand and around the Pacific are also on alert as Tropical Cyclone Rene gathers strength, threatening Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.
Humanitarian aid workers remain on standby to fly to the Cook Islands to assist the Cook Islands Red Cross Society after Tropical Cyclone Pat, which battered the country on Thursday.
New Zealand Red Cross international operations manager, Andrew McKie says, “Cyclone Rene has followed Cyclone Pat closely, and we are currently gearing up in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.”
Up to 90 per cent of houses on Aitutaki are reported to be severely damaged, with disruption to phones, roads, electricity and air transport.
If you would like to donate to the Haiti relief effort following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, details of major aid agencies are below:
UNICEF New Zealand
Call 0800-800-194 or donate online at www.unicef.org.nz
Donations can be made on the Red Cross website HERE
Oxfam New Zealand
Call 0800 400 666, or to make an automatic $20 donation call 0900 600 20 or visit www.oxfam.org.nz to donate online.
Christian World Service
Donate online at www.cws.org.nz
TEAR Fund has launched a full-scale coordinated relief effort for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. You can donate online HERE. You can also call their free phone 0800 number – 0800 800 777.
Save the Children
Donations can be made by calling Save the Children New Zealand’s donation line: 0800 167 168. You can also send a cheque, made out to Save the Children, to Freepost PO Box 6584, Marion Square, Wellington. Or for more information visit the website at www.savethechildren.org.nz
You can donate to World Vision by calling 0800 80 20 00 or by visiting www.worldvision.org.nz.
A family fund has been set up to for help the Rejouis family.
If you would like to donate – the details are below.
02 0704 0074227 00
Haiti Earthquake Sanson-Rejouis Family Fund
ShelterBox New Zealand has also launched an urgent appeal for donations following the dispatch of 1,000 boxes to survivors in Haiti. www.shelterbox.org.nz
Each ShelterBox contains a 10 person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, basic tools, a stove and other essential equipment.
ShelterBox NZ spokesman Graham Beach says funds are urgently required to replace stock already on its way to Haiti and another 1,000 boxes currently being packed by volunteers at the international charity’s UK headquarters.
Please send donations to:
ShelterBox New Zealand, c/o Rotary Club of Mosgiel Inc.
PO Box 306, Mosgiel, 9053.
Or donate online: National Bank account 060 939 0071143 02
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Caritas is one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid networks and had several hundred staff in Haiti even before the disaster hit. Donation details are below:
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Phone 0800 22 10 22
Phone 0900 4 11 11 for $20 to be donated from your phone account
Online at www.caritas.org.nz or
Post to Caritas, PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is seeking donations to provide emergency shelter and rebuild homes with earthquake proofing features. To donate, please visit habitat.org.nz or telephone 0800 442 248.
Partners in Health
Partners in Health has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. They are urgently seeking your support to help those affected by the recent earthquake. To donate or volunteer visit www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti