CNN is reporting that "hundreds of thousands" are dead.
1. How will Canada's Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund work?
The Government of Canada will match dollar for dollar the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, up to a total of $50 million. The government will then use the relief fund to provide assistance through international and humanitarian organizations, as per established channels and procedures.
2. Will the Government of Canada match all donations?
The maximum amount per single donation that the government will match is $100,000. To count towards the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, donations must be:
* Made by an individual Canadian;
* Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the January 12 Haiti earthquake;
* Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake; and,
* Made between January 12 and February 12.
"We started seeing destruction from Mt. Cabrit (where big rocks lie in the middle of the road) through Croix de Bouquets where it doesn't seem as bad but lots of walls down. Then the scene gets much, much worse. Tonight, everywhere throughout the city, as we drove by the national plaza, there are thousands of people sleeping outside. While I was in Port-au-Prince, there were still aftershocks being felt. I didn't venture into other parts of the city, but as you all know, koze sa pa jwet menm [Haitian saying literally translated as "this is not a game"]."
But there are times when good intentions and the overwhelming desire to “do something” is an impediment to the first line professional Search & Rescue teams and ultimately hurts those we want to help. Our colleagues of NYTF-1 are on the ground and our federal friends stationed in the Dominican Republic are reporting that a mountain of supplies without a delivery strategy will soon strangle supply lines. Groups arriving without authorization or mission orders will siphon resources without providing necessary services and will burden the already stressed response community.
The issues we were unprepared for and witnessed were:
1. The amount of human devastation
2. The complete lack of a medical infrastructure in the country
3. The lack of support of the Haitian medical community
4. The complete lack of any organization on the ground
5. Lack of any security at all at the hospital
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