Take action and write a letter asking the presidential candidates to support Haiti by committing to support US policies that promote justice in the Caribbean nation.
Nearly three years after the earthquake, Haitians continue to face a humanitarian crisis. The needs of the Haitian people are basic and widespread, ranging from lack of food-security and education, to health-care and housing,.
Currently, 369,000 people are living in tent camps set up for temporary relief after the January 2010 earthquake. The destruction and damage of 47% of houses in Port-au-Prince has left many Haitians with inadequate housing options. Added to this, the vast majority (about 80%) of Haitians make less than $2 or less per day. Now, tent camp inhabitants are being forcefully evicted, at times illegally, by both government authorities and private land-owners, giving families no choice but to retreat to damaged homes or dangerous hillsides for shelter. Opportunities for housing are extremely limited, especially with no viable permanent housing plan in place for the future.
Christ calls us to respond to human needs when he said, ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ [Matthew 25:40]. We have an opportunity to seek justice on behalf of the Haitian people by making it clear to the presidential candidates that this country and its issues should not be forgotten.
Click here to write a letter to President Obama and Governor Romney encouraging them to remember Haiti in their administration when elected.