Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haitian Earthquake

Yesterday a great tragedy occurred in Haiti.  It was hit by a earthquake that was a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale.







Why is it important to care?
Can you make a difference?
Leave a comment about what you can do.

Here is an updated photo essay.


Here is another update to the story.  6 Days after the earthquake life is very different yet similar in Haiti.  Warning there are some graphic pictures at the link provided.

42 comments:

Abigail8-73 said...

Its important to care because theyre humans like us. Because if we were at their situation we would want them to help us, not ignore us.

The only thing that I can do to make a difference for them is to wish them luck. because I cant really do anything because theyre too far away from us. but keeping them in our minds and wish them luck and everything is the least I can do.

Raquel873 said...

It is important because, what happened to them from the earthquake damaged their homes and their whole life. So, it isn't right to just ignore them.

The thing I can do to help them is to try and get people to donate money for the cause. I would also try and tell people about it so they can know about it and do something to help.

- RAQUEL LORENZO.

giuseppe841 said...

It is important because they are humans. Of coarse we need to help them. They're already the poorest country in the west.

One thing that I can do is to ask the school if we can do a fun friday and give the money to the victims of the earthquake.

bruce8-16 said...

Why is it important to care?

It is important to care because those people are human beings, just like us. It is also important to care because they need our help more than ever right now.


Can you make a difference?

I can make a difference by creating a charity that can help this people, but for now all I can do is just wish them luck.

Bruce A.

Caitlin873 said...

It's important to care about others, because if everyone on earth didn't care we wouldn't be in this world with people that care about everyone. We would be in a world full of people that would only care about their own lives instead of caring about others whos lives are way much worsier than ours.

Our school can make a difference by sending money, we can start another fun friday. Or we can donate food from home, like we did for the Christmas Cheer board.

hannah873 said...

It's important for us to care because if we were in their situation, we would like to be cared for and helped as well.

Everyone has the right to live in a safe and secure place. And cleary these people from Haiti are not getting it. Maybe if we'd all spread the word about this tragedy, then maybe the news would reach some corporation or charity center that would be willing to send some donation. Or we could even donate some things ourselves. It doesn't necessarily have to be just money. It could be clothing and other daily needs.

sierra841 said...

Why is it important to care?
Because sometimes we just have to stop caring for ourselves, and care for others. Also, since Haiti is already the poorest country in western hemisphere.

Can you make a difference?
By myself? Sort of. Like donating money as in having a fun school activity and donating all the money that we raised to that, and giving awareness to others about Hiati.

vicky873 said...

I think it is important to care because they're in a situation when they're desperate for any help at all. They ARE already one of the poorest places on the planet. I think we just have to think of them more than us at the moment. We can't just leave them on the side walk when they're in need. Because if we aren't gonna care about them who is?

I think we can start some fund raisers or use some money from school activities raised for them. I also think we can donate some of our stuff we take for granted and they would be so happy to have.

Vicky B.

angaldrine said...

It is important because there like us except we have a different life then them so we should help them because there already the poorest country in the west.

The only thing that i can do to make a difference fro them is to make a make people donate money for the damage.I would spread this around so a lot of people will notice about the earthquake so they can help donate money or do something to help.

-AngAldrine-

kevin 8-16 said...

It is important to care about what happened in Haiti because people in Haiti are the same kind of people we are so we all should care about each other and not ignore the fact that they are less fortunate than us.

The things I can do to make a difference and help them is to try to make a fundraiser with my friends for them and raise money for them so I can send it to the people that need it the most.

Alvin744 said...

It is important to care for them because they are normal human beings just like us, and just because they aren't in canada dosen't mean we can't help them.

I can make a difference by maybe have a school fundraiser or spread the word about the earthquake so more people are aware of it.

Jemineth873 said...

Haitian Earthquake :

It is important because just like us they each have lives. But there is a difference between the both of us. We tend to have more protection because of the engineering eg.safe homes and we are more of a developed than they are. Their lives changed because of the many people that were living a life even if it wasnt the best just yesterday, that had been wasted today. I would definitely say that its not the type of thing that we would ignore because this could happen to anyone, at any unexpected time.

Making a Difference :
I can say that we can make a difference, byu donating clothes to them so they still are clothed in complete clothing. We can also gather up non-perishable and first aid kits to help them fight hunger and fight a little of the pain.

Elaine817 said...

It's important to care because they are in need right now. We can't just be caring for ourselves but for others too. We have to think about how lucky we are and appreciate what we have and be aware of what is happening in Haiti.

I don't think I can make a big difference by myself but I can try. I can do something like the pay it forward that I did by selling items and the money that is earned can be then given to the people that need it in Haiti. I can also inform people about what is happening and encourage them to help out.

Elona 8-41 said...

It's important because what if we were in their position? We would want help as much as they do. We need to care, and help them. They're just like us, so we should treat them equally.

How can I make a difference?
I can't do that by myself. We have to work together. Maybe we can all raise enough money to save a lot of Haitians from hunger.

althea8-16 said...

Its important to care because like Abby said"they are humans like us"
and all the hard work that they have done was ruined with just one "snap"
and if were in their situation they will also help us in their own way.

I will help them in my own way by praying them because like Abby said their to far away, but there is another thing and that thing is by letting other people see this disaster because i know many people will help them on the way.

ChristineAnne8-73 said...

Its important to care because their homes were destroyed and have no place to stay and probably starving.. Haiti was already one of the poorest country in the west. So, getting an earthquake, destroying their homes was really bad.

We can make a difference by donating stuff like clothing or food to them and starting fundraisers at schools and give the money to them.

- Christine C.

kathleen841 said...

It is important to care because they're like us, humans. If we dont care about them , its like losing something. What if we were in this situation , think about what would they want to do to us? You want them to do the same thing. Help and not just ignore.

Making a difference to this is pretty hard. We can pray and support them. We can't really do that much, but donating money or food will help them.

- kathleen841

Karra8-16 said...

Its important to care because their in a very scary situation and they need help right now. Its not right to ignore them, because they are going through a tough time.

The way that I can make a difference is by asking the school to do a little fundraiser and giving them the money and/or tell people about the earthquake and ask them to try and donate belongings they don't use.

I am wishing them a lot of luck.

Jasmine 8-16 said...

Its important to care because we should be treating them the way we would like to be treated, if we had a Earthquake we wouldn't want to be ignored, and maybe if we don't help them people could be losing other peoples families that love them a lot.

The only thing I can do to make a difference for them is to try to get other peoples attention to support them and help them spiritually so they can heal.

Jennifer8-16 said...

It's important to care is because earthquakes can lose your family, your friends, even the community. Also what if we somehow happen to have an earthquake? We would feel the same thing as they do.

The thing I can make a difference is that I can like make a fundraiser and donate, for helping to rebuild their city. Or write a letter to express our feelings about this earthquake.

Harvey841 said...

Why is it important to care?
Because its the right thing to do. In dark times, we humans will always help each other, no matter what, I always say. Or something to that effect anyways...

Can you make a difference?
Taken (and modified) from Bob the Builder theme song:

"Can we do it?"
"Yeah!"
"can we make a difference?"
"Yeah!"

JecelynP8-16 said...

I think it is important to care because those people are like you and me. If we were in those peoples shoes right now we would want all the help we could get, we would want people to care and we would want people to support us in our time of need.

The things I can do is get people to donate to them and wish for the best. But all the small things matter.

ammorn817 said...

It's important to care because unlike us, those people in Haiti don't have much and their country is very poor. They are all people just like we are, except they aren't as lucky. So, we should stop thinking about ourselves and help them out. I'm sure they would do the same thing for us if we were in that type of situation.

I think that anyone can make a difference, including me. It just takes one or more simple acts of kindness such as donating money to the cause. Maybe even creating a website or group telling other people to help donate and tell other people.

april817 said...

It is important to care because people like us have more than enough we need while there are some people who have absolutely nothing left. We are all living and sharing the same planet earth so we need to help each other out, whether it is a small or big deed. Anything can make a difference.

To make a difference, I think that organizing a group with a couple of people to donate things like food and water. Or the idea of another fun friday where a lot of the students can take part in. Also I can inform people about the situation in Haiti and encourage them to help out.

MaryJane817 said...

It is important to care because as we all know Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and this earthquake just added to one of the problems in the country. We should also care because they are in a big crisis right now and are in need. We should be thinking about how fortunate we are to have what we have and realize that we need to get involved in helping the people who are in massive need in Haiti.

I am willing to help although I'm not sure that I can make a big difference by myself. Something I will try do is like what Elaine said, redo our whole act of kindness we did for our pay it forward project. I will try to raise money by selling any kind of merchandise and donate the money to a charity/organization that goes towards helping the people who were involved in the disaster in Haiti. Hopefully our eyes have been opened up and that we will try to do something about this.

elijah841 said...

It's important to care because they're already a poor country. They dont have a good standard of living. Before the earthquake they were already suffering. But when the earth quake hit them, it put more negative things in their lives. And if that happened to us,they'd care too..

I think that I can start with donating money . Even if it's twenty dollars or less, I think that it will still help. But the victims dont just need money, they need homes, food, clothes, hospitals and our prayers. Also, their schools and hospitals are probably torn down, so maybe I can donate more money for their other needs.

Kamille841 said...

It is important to care. Because a human quality is to care, however i think we're late to react on what had happened to them recently because they are already the poorest country in the western hemisphere. We should have cared on what's been going on for years on end. We should have noticed their poverty beforehand.

How i can make a difference is to fun raise and donate as much as i can to help out the damages and replacements for the damages for Haiti but i might have some help from my friends as well.

allysa817 said...

It's important to care because they have nothing left, their food and shelter was all ruined from the earthquake. We should help them, instead of just standing there and watching what's going to happen.

What I can do to make a difference is, make a fundraiser and ask people to donate. Instead of having just one person do it, maybe I and my friends can join to make and raise it.

Brianna816 said...

I is important to care because these people just went through a tragic event that killed a good porton of their population and many people lost loved ones and are hurting not just physically but emotionally.

To make a difference, i could encourage my school to raise money and donate it to them so it can help them restore their country.

Darlene8-17 said...

It's important because the damage of the earthquake has caused them to lose their lives, homes, and other things.

I can help by telling people about the situation, then gather money & supplies that the people may need. Then, I'll donate it to them.

Nadine816 said...

it is important to care because all the people in the world are our brothers and sisters. even though we have different skin tones we should help each other.

I can help making a difference by donating foods, clothes and money.

elvin817 said...

It is important to care about the people in Haiti because they are also human beings like us.

The thing that I can do to help is make a fundraiser to raise money to help the people in Haiti.

Kim873 said...

Its important to care because right now they're in a state where they are desperate to get any help from anyone, and they're already one of the poorest countries in the west.

It's possible to help them by making a website so people around the world could see how much they need help, and it's also a good advertisement for people to donate money, or clothings. We can also help them by praying for them.

NheaMhaicelina8-16 said...

It's important to care because if we don't who will? If we don't care and decide to take action then we're letting those that are less fortunate then us suffer just be cause we're to lazy or selfish to give a care. If we were them we'd want them to care too.

Making a difference can be easy if we try. Well I may not have the money to sponser someone in hatti but i think that if we were to advertise awarness to the disaster in hatti then that would make quite a difference.

Deniel8-16 said...

It is important because we all are the same and we should be treated the same so we should help them to do everything we can in life and help them have a better life as the same as we do and just because there a different color they are just the same.

There are a lot of ways to help for example we can donate money, clothes, supplies, and even food if we wanted to but if it was possible in life bring the haiti people here instead of leaving them there and wait but that was my thoughtful thought but another thing is to help restore humanity, communications and education because we know people from haiti live in U.S.A and Canada try to call there siblings relatives and friends to just say hi if there alright and put into safety but another thing to make a difference, that all we can do is just donate money but maybe all of us wants to go and help but they need that more then us.

Eric.P 8-73 said...

It's important to care because those people have less than we do and the only things they had before is completely gone. If we don't care what happens to them we are just selfish.

We can't make a big difference by ourselves by doing things like donating could help in a long shot because if everyone that could help did help it would help in a big way.

vanessa841 said...

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CARE ?


It's important to care because they are in need of help. They breath, eat, drink and live just like us but the only difference is that they're less fortunate. If we were in this situation we would want as much help as possible and you know it, so start helping them.This earthquake ruined everything!They are now traumatized and may not be able to recover. Now they will be left homeless. If anyone needs any help right now, its them. They're in need of lots of help.Everyone is on Earth for a reason and that reason is to not be selfish and only think of themselves, it's to help others who are in need help. If your going to be selfish and not care even one bit then so be it but the space on earth is wasted by a person who doesn't care about their own kind.Honestly, you shouldn't ignore the fact that they need help because im pretty sure they would help us if we needed help so dont ignore it. What if this happen to you unexpectedly, wouldn't you want help, even if its just a little kind of help? I know i would.If you lost someone you truly loved,you have other family with you,but some of the people in Haiti have no one at all. Children are losing their parents and parents are losing their children.Think about the times when you're really frustrated or even when you're going through a tough time, its hard.Now think about them. Don't you think they're having the toughest time ever There's so many of us and I know everyone can help out somehow. Even if your doing a little thing, it can make a huge difference.Think about the fact that there's a lot of us on earth. Everyone should take part in this situation.I know we're in Canada, but who says we can't help? Just because we live in different places of the world and have different cultures, doesn't mean you can't help others.


Haiti is already the most poorest country in the west so why not help them out?Why should anyone or even anything stop them from having a life after this earthquake?What's stopping some people from helping out?What if you were in this situation?Why are we letting them suffer like this?

CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE ?

1 person can actually make a difference if you think big.I can help by donating money,or fundraising for money and so can everyone else.We can donate certain supplies that they are in need of the most.We could do a lot but I think all they need right now is some doctors.I know there are some there now but im pretty sure they need more. Just keep spreading the word out and hopefully we help. Right now there's not a lot that we can do because we're just kids, but maybe we can make an advertisement or something and just spread the kindness around.Im sure if people know whats happening in Haiti,they will understand and help out as well.After a while,everyones helping each other out and the people in Haiti are safe again.What if we had a garage sale or something?I do agree with some people,start doing our acts of kindness all over again.Hopefully everyone understands this situation.Lets start by working together to make something big happen.Sargent Park can do this.I know we can if we just put our minds to it.Lets just pray that they will soon return to safety and hope that their country gets rebuilt or fixed up.Well I guess thats all. At least for now.

VANESSA M.

carla841 said...

Why is it important to care?
I think it's important to care because those people went through an earthquake and they are the poorest country. How about if you were in that situation, how would you feel? We can't just think for ourselves we have to think for others too.

Can you make a difference?
Well I would try to donate money, food or clothing to them. Like the other people said we can't do it alone. If one person donates smoething then more people will.

Jomari816 said...

It is important to care because those people in Haiti, need as much help as they can get. The earthquake has caused them to struggle with life. We need to try and make their lives better.

We can make a difference by fundraising, then donating money to help with the earthquake relief. No matter how much money we donate, we will have helped enough.

riemer841 said...

Its important to care because their homes were destroyed and have no place to stay and probably starving.

Can we make a difference ?

We can give donations to the people who are finding the survivors or the bodies. We should do this because they might need it for medicine and supplies.

emmanuel841 said...

It is important to care about Haiti, because like us they are humans, and they should be treated like we are being treated. Since they are already the poorest country in the west, we should help them even more. Also, how would we feel if we we had an earthquake and no one helped us?

Something I could do to help would probably be make donations to the cause. I would donate things like money and food. Also another thing I can do is make posters and put them in places around the city to inform people of how they can help

-EmMaNuEl ;)

Alexander8-73 said...

It's important to care because what happened to them is tragic and they don't have enough money and resources to help them.

What I could do maybe would be to send money or some supplies. Though what we should do is try and get the people in Haiti flown out of there to a safer place.