Hope Amid Helplessness for Haiti
Watching all the devastation following the earthquake in Haiti Tuesday, I couldn’t help but feel — like so many of us watching it unfold– absolutely helpless.
When you see the magnitude of the tragedy in photos, videos … it’s just unfathomable.
I recently posted about my own family’s house fire, and our loss pales in comparison to a tragedy like this.
When you realize that the capital city is literally in shambles … 50,000 or more lives have been lost …
Or that even before the quake, unemployment in Haiti reaches 70 percent nationally and that 78 percent of Haitians live on less than $2 a day … you realize what a dire situation it is in Haiti right now.
I know for me, it made me want to help … and makes me so very grateful for what I have.
It also made blogging about anything else (i.e., strictly body image-oriented) seem, frankly, trivial. Men, women, and children in the capital city have been stripped of everything … and they need our help.
When I look at photos and videos and see the human impact, those monetary donations have a face: they will help men, women and children get basic needs such as medical care, food, water, and shelter …
Still, it left me feeling a little helpless; wishing I could do more.
I’m not a doctor or a nurse, or a relief worker … so it’s not like I can hop a plane. Yet I felt I could do my part, and donating and spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook — seeing the global response — helped me recognize that I felt helpless, but not hopeless.
Witnessing the global community come together for a cause like this –particularly during a world-wide recession–is an amazing display of humanity, and speaks volumes of our society at large.
And this display of humanity made me feel hopeful for the people of Haiti; that they will get through this with the incredible support from communities all around the world. It’s a tragedy of monumental proportions, but even in that tragedy, there is hope.
If you’d like to contribute to the relief efforts, you can do so in a variety of ways. This link (via Mashable) offers 9 ways to help. Please donate if you can. Human lives are literally depending on it.
I have high hopes that together, as a community of women and activists here at WeAretheRealDeal, we can offer (or continue to offer) support to the men, women, and children of Haiti.