Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Two Years Later: Haiti Still Needs Us

Assalaamu Alaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu,

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), through its various emergency relief programs, has continued to provide much need assistance to the earthquake victims of Haiti. With a quarter of a million people left desolate following the worst earthquake of 2010 Haitians continue to look towards international aid for respite.

HHRD has initiated its Orphan Sponsorship/Support program in Haiti to address the concerns of the large number of children who are left without parents Check hhrd.org/osp to learn about the Haitian orphans needing sponsors).

Furthermore, the immediate need for clean water in the area prompted HHRD to build a well as part of its Water for Life program in the town of Miragoane.

It is also important to mention that throughout the years HHRD has continued, through the help of its generous donors, its Zabihah and Ramadan distributions.

Also every year since 2010, HHRD has provided 30 college students with the opportunity to volunteer during their spring break in its Youth for Haiti program. These students received hands on experience with regards to emergency relief work, medical assistance and home construction.

After the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, HHRD mobilized its resources and, as one of the first relief organizations on the ground, was able to assess the situation at hand. HHRD relief work addressed the situation by gauging what was needed to facilitate survival and followed this with the necessary skills and training of the victims in order for them to ensure a secure future for themselves.

HHRD set out to rebuild Haiti by constructing 102 permanent homes in Léogâne. Moreover, doctors from Pakistan, Indonesia, the United States and local Haitians worked round the clock to tend to the wounded. Six rotational clinics were operated for three months in the most remote areas with little or no medical help. These Medical Clinics treated more than 2,000 people per week and vaccinations were provided to hundreds of men, women and children. Over $160,000 worth of medication was administered to over 11,000 patients.

Despite all its efforts, help is still needed. HHRD encourages its generous donors to open their hearts for the people of Haiti and donate by visiting www.hhrd.org.

Wasalaam Walaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu

-HHRD Team

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