Monday, 18 January 2010

Bloggers For Haiti

Blogging is a powerful way to spread the word and get something out there , especially if your blog attracts hundreds of readers and followers each day.

I'm going to use my small space in the blogging world to get this out there.

Last Tuesday , Tremors hit Haiti followed by two strong aftershocks which instantly killed thousands and destroyed the lives of millions. According to statistics as I type this, a minimum of 100,000 are dead.

I don't think these images that I have seen all over the news & internet over the last few days will ever leave my head.

I cried as I searched for images to include in this post , But why am I crying? I have not lost family , I've not lost my son who is the important thing to me .. My tears will never compare to the tears falling from the faces of those Mothers/Fathers who have lost their children.

A mummy blogger has set up a Bloggers for Haiti Just Giving Page. Bloggers are uniting all over the world to do what we can to help.

£500 will buy a shelter box , That means if just 50 of us donates £10 each (the price of a take-away/bottle of wine!) we have one shelterbox that will make a difference to lives that need it.

ShelterBox is such a unique organisation, because what they provide is an entire rescue kit in a box. Each box contains:

  • A ten-person tent with privacy partitions that allow its occupants to divide the space as they see fit
  • A range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall
  • Life-saving means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself.
  • A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.
  • A wood burning or multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.
  • Each box can be adapted to the individual needs of the disaster area, for example, following the Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally or could be salvaged from one storey buildings, the overwhelming need was for shelter – so ShelterBox just sent tents, packing two in each box. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past – from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newly born baby.
  • And lastly, but I think just as importantly, each box contains a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lost most, if not all, of their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.


  1. 19 January 2010 13:29

    Hi, Emma !

    First of all, thank you so much for stopping by my blog :)

    Well, these images are really shocking but the world needs to see them so, this way, people can help these poor souls. All countries lost many people who were working in Haiti, as well, so it's a world disaster...

    I loved your blog, too and I'm sure I'll stop by more often ;)
    Have a beautiful day, dear friend :)
    God bless your family :)

  2. 19 January 2010 14:03

    I had never heard about these shelter boxes till now. They are really wonderful. I've donated money but I'll check this out. Thank you for highlighting this. Love your blog.

  3. 19 January 2010 14:31

    Praising GOD for you and so many others who are setting up ways for each of us to donate.
    Blessings, andrea

  4. 20 January 2010 00:38

    What a great idea for these shelter boxes. I hope many of them are headed to Haiti!

  5. 29 October 2010 23:51

    @Claudia - Thank You for your lovely comment.

    @And So Our Stories Go - Thank You Mary!!

    @Andrea - Thanks Andrea!

    @Michelle - I do too! :)