Amazing Video about Haiti, "You Are Not Alone", that is being shared on Twitter ,a song with images from the region,stunning, and yet the message of Compassion is strong. This Video is being shared on Twitter by World Vision. (music by Naomi Wachira)
And here is Faydra Field's amazing Relief List if you need to know who to give to that is helping in Haiti.
One of the stories this week on CNN that has been heartrending is an Shattered Nursing Home situation where Seniors have lost everything and need Care desperately.Gary Tuchman of CNN has been reporting it so beautifully it must be seen. Please do see the video and hear the story.I have contacted more than 40 NGOs and Relief Orgs attempting to get this Situation Help. I will keep you posted of the results as well.
The Other Situation that needs Critical Attention and much more Help is the Distribution of Supplies, Food and Medical Supplies and Medicine, Dr.Gupta is and has been trying to get Supplies out of the Airport to the People. Please do watch Dr.Gupta's Struggle to get Meds from the Airport, this video needs to be sent far and wide, UN and USAID offices. ( the code to Tweet is :http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/21/video-medical-supply-crisis/) Please do read the Story down further about the Doctors Without Borders work and struggles as well.
All of the CNN crew has been doing an amazing job reporting on Haiti, all of them,Soledad O'brien,Gary Tuchman and Dr.Sanjay Gupta and so many others. Today Anderson Cooper posted a a Critical Map of Food Distribution Centers in Haiti, we sent it far and wide on Twitter, hoping it will help people find food.
One of the most amazing Developements that happened this week that is momentous , was that the Coast Guard worked to rebuild a new Pier as the Port at Port-au-Prince suffered signifigant damage, and the Port is needed to bring in almost ALL AID.
This wonderful site is a Resource Site for for Medical Workers, Relief Workers, and Journalists that is amazingly organized addressing many needs.
If you are going to Haiti to do Relief Work, I wrote a post earlier in week full of information and tips, that is mostly for medical workers to help the transition and be prepared.
An assessment of the situation in Haiti as of January 21,Doctors are worried as the numbers of dying swell and there are more dying.Survivors dying or treatable injuries,illness and dehydration.
Doctors Without Borders is doing amazing work in Haiti.setting up Hospitals and clinics in the streets after their facilities there were damaged and destroyed. Please do support their fine work, and explore their website that is full of the on the ground Updates. These Medical Organizations have much to cope with at this time, including Supply Shortages and lack of staff,even lack of food. There is a critical need for the bottleneck at the Airport to stop the holding the Deliveries back. MSF has also had a horrible week with the Airport refusing to let them land, they finally have had to resort to other methods to get their Supplies into Port-au-Prince. It is critical that the world see that these Critical patients are suffering without proper pain meds or antibiotics. It is truly like watching Civil War Medicine,harrowing and worrisome Street Medicine being rendered for thousands. Especially as the heat persists and people are dehydrated and starved and wounded there is huge risk for this Medical Situation to worsen rapidly with a new onslaught of Diseases such as Fevers,Malaria and or Cholera from lack of clean Water.It truly could be a Death by Survival for those left without meds or shelter or food and water.
Creativity is now spreading in the Relief and Internet Community as more and more Tweet and Spread information on Facebook. Today I learned about This great organization that is Connecting Needs to Donators, almost like a very organized compassionate version of Craigs List, Please do see WeHaveWeNeed.They are also on Twitter by the same name.
Motorola has made an amazing donation to CHF.org and Red Cross to assist in Haiti, donated much needed Communication Equipment.
Soledad O'Brien from CNN gives a young boy a hug....which from the sad look in his eyes he needed so much.
CNN reporters have shown grace under fire this week reporting while aftershocks shook them, while seeing such devastation. Their reports have been compassionate and honest and insightful. They have become part of the story as they reported the Damage but also tried to improve Aid and Relief.
((Please do follow me on Twitter as @watergatesummer as I try to connect ground people with NGO's and Media, this may the most important work I ever do as a Blogger and a Nurse. I will try to update here as well. The first 10days I have not been able to update as frequently,while I worked Twitter for Haiti Relief.My apologies.))
Look for Updates in the Comments Thread...and here as well.
(1) Ed Pilkington of The Guardian has daily reports here from Haiti that really give an up close view of the events on the ground...
(2) Wired of SF shows how 3D FLYOVER can really help....