Myriam and the moon photo by Andrea Scher

When the earthquake happened in Haiti many of us waited to hear from our friend Myriam about her family there. She wrote:

My uncle Victor and Tante Mado both separately support two schools in Haiti, both have been demolished, many dead.. My uncle is housing as many children from the school as he can, all are disconnected from their own families. The shortage of water and food is chaotic and the trauma experienced is only just beginning to be understood.

My Tante Mado has 52 school girls without homes, living at the remains of their school. Another aunt, continues to wait for communication with her sister whom she was on the phone with when the quake started. It’s very confusing what the best help is right now as it seems nothing is enough. Communication is so difficult, we are getting reports of deaths without any real confirmations. My heart just aches and aches, while my head spins with thoughts of how to empower myself and use all of my resources.

In speaking with family, funding is the most vital. Some are thinking beyond the disaster recovery to rebuilding homes, schools and churches.

Myriam has made the goal of raising 30,000 to help her family and the children of Haiti. You can read all about her story right here and donate below. I feel so grateful to be able to give money directly to a friend and to know how it will be used. Myriam hopes to return to bring the money personally to Haiti to document the process. Please also spread the word and blog about Joy for Haiti too if you feel moved to!