Direct from Haiti- Support needed More Now than Ever as Conditions for Outbreak of Disease Ripen

Received this message from Rick Perera, CARE’s Emergency Media Officer in Haiti

Please take a moment to read through; seriously 20 seconds of your time can make all the difference to the life of one of those struck by this tragedy.

I am writing to you from Port-au-Prince, where Wednesday we were all scared by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock of last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. Nonetheless, we’re okay and throwing ourselves back into work. There’s so much to do.

Despite interruptions like the aftershock and logistical challenges, aid is getting through to those who need it desperately.

To date, we’ve distributed clean water and water purification packets to 25,000 people; 60,000 emergency meals; 1,500 water containers; and 1,200 hygiene kits, with special emphasis on of the most vulnerable people: the injured, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children.

However, there is more work to be done and we hope you will join us.
I was excited to learn from my U.S. colleagues about the new ruling on tax-deductible gifts in support of Haiti relief. Your gift to help provide aid to Haiti will be counted as a 2009 tax-deductible, if made by February 28 — and your support is needed now more than ever.

The outbreak of disease is now becoming a major concern; if there is one, it will worsen the situation in Haiti. Earlier this week, as I walked around CARE’s headquarters outside of Port-au-Prince, I passed mounting waste in the streets, overflowing garbage trucks and clogged gutters. The conditions are ripe for the outbreak and rapid spread of disease.

Every day, I sadly witness more death and destruction, and at the same time, see hope come to life as we bring aid to survivors of this catastrophic disaster. I’m honored to be part of CARE’s relief efforts, and I invite you to join us in bringing emergency relief to the people of Haiti by making a tax-deductible gift today.

There are also a few other simple ways you can help:

Thank you again for continuing to support CARE — and bringing much-needed hope — to millions of Haitians struggling to survive in the aftermath of this humanitarian disaster.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting root causes of poverty.
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