still don't forget about Haiti

I made a similar call on my blog back in May - "don't forget about Haiti." Today I was reminded Haiti still needs help.

I received an email this morning from One International (yes, co-founded by Bono), an organization that focuses on "the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease" through advocacy. In particular, they seek to "hold world leaders to account for the commitments they've made to fight extreme poverty." Such was the topic of today's email:


Dear David,Take action now: sign the petition

I can’t quite believe I’m writing this...When Haiti was devastated by the earthquake in January, government pledges of support poured in. Many of us made our own commitments and delivered upon them, so I’m mortified that six months on, only 10% of their pledged support has actually been delivered.

Only four countries have followed through – meaning that Haiti’s recovery is effectively paralysed. Here's the good news... Canada is on track to deliver its promises, but we need your help ensuring the rest of the world follows through.

President Clinton, UN Special Envoy to Haiti, is chasing up these deadbeat donors and we want to give him some ONE support to help him.

To sign the petition, click here:

http://www.one.org/international/actnow/haitiaid/o.pl?id=1827-4512555-aDHyl0x&t=3

Petition text:

Dear world leaders,

Don’t renege on promises to those who need them most. Keep your commitments and urgently deliver the support you pledged so that Haiti can begin to rebuild.

In the last 6 months, work has begun to build 50,000 transitional homes and fund rubble-clearing programmes. However, with only 10% of the promised funding, these projects are at risk of grinding to a halt.

Your support in achieving debt cancellation for Haiti was critical. I hope you’ll join me once again in ensuring Haiti is not forgotten.

Thank you,

Roxane Philson, ONE.org

Together as ONE we can make a difference!


I'm usually not the advocacy/political type, but I don't want Haiti to be forgotten.

You can join me by signing the petition here:

2 comments:

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

I needed to read this tonight...

Thank you for being a voice for Haiti, for the least of these -- a voice for Jesus.

Your words here change a bit of the world today... and help us all to remember.

All's grace,
Ann Voskamp
Contributing Editor @ High Calling

David Warkentin said...

Hi Ann,

Glad to hear this post helped in your remembering...

And the challenge in remembering, personally, is how it translates into action - concretely loving "the least of these."

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