Monday, February 22, 2010

The earth shook again!

This morning at around 4:30 Am I heard some people running! Apparently I was in a deep sleep so, I did not hear anything till it was passed! Apparently while I was sleeping someone shook me several times to wake up because there was an aftershock, then around 30 seconds later, there was a heavier aftershock. I yet to check it officially to see what was the magnitude. I have heard on one Haitian station that it was a 4.6
Can you just imagine? People are scared, traumatized! It’s been more than a month and people are still in the street. It did rain last night and when I was touring the capital city I saw people with makeshift tent , meaning they have no mattress, they sleep on the floor!

Please help Haiti as you can! You might think that things are dying down since the media is talking less and less about it but the reality is the problem is just increasing minute by minute. I had the opportunity to play soccer with some young adults and you should see how passionate they are about it. The love it and they play it every day! This is a good way to help by sending some soccer equipment such as: soccer ball, shoes etc…

Please pray for the people of Haiti!
Be blessed!

More report

For these past days things have been the same! Same routine doing translations from 8 to 3 something like that depending on the amount of people to see and the severity of their case.

Saturday February 20th, we went for a tour downtown. Oh my God! This is just terrible! One has to be there to see the devastation at least to absorb the magnitude of it.
I saw a lot of destructions and most of the houses still standing would not pass a test meaning they all need to be razed.

I do think that much people would need to be in therapy, to be able to talk to a mental professional otherwise in my opinion I think you will see more and more traumatized people.

The most impactful thing for me was to see the national palace! It is gone! The justice Palace is just a pile of rubble. One can imagine how many dead bodies are still under it. The city is more like a war zone; it looks like it has been bombed like in the movies. I think that in such situation one would expect to see thousands of bulldozer and trucks and tractors taking care of cleaning the debris but from what I saw at this particular day in this particular places are a lot of military people with a lot of riffle?

Let me just make it clear, I have no military training at all and therefore have no idea how things work but I think that if you come to help somebody, you want to have their trust. You are welcome to agree or disagree with me and please make sure you post your concern.

I do not see at all what is being done with all the money being raised by countries and people all over the world! What are they waiting for to help the people? It is time that something concrete is being done.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The situation room

I know it’s been almost four days and you haven’t heard from me. I am sorry! Things are crazy busy here. First of all let me start by putting this four days in a nutshell.
Day one

I had to leave early to drive to the airport, I am talking about by 2:30 AM which was alright ‘cause it is not that far about an hour drive. When I got to the airport, the lines were practically empty comparing to what it is usually (I guess it has a lot to do with me getting there so early). I passed checked point with flying colors except they had to pull on the side for something suspicious that they saw in my carry one and later had to be confiscated, are you ready to know what it was? Ok It was my freshly bought shaving cream. I had already checked all my luggages so no way I could put it somewhere else so, I had to let go of my less than 1.99 purchase.
While waiting for the airplane I did meet a group of missionaries going to Cap Haitian and of course I talked to them and made sure I thank them for loving Haiti.
The plan was to fly to Miami and then to the Dominican Republic and then from there take the 6 to 7 hour drive (I am not complaining! May be a little!!!!) The flights were seamless! I slept through half of it. Man, the airlines are so stingy now, they barely feed you unless you are in first class and I leave there. There were a lot of people heading to Haiti and there were Haitians mostly but a considerable numbers of foreign volunteers. I stayed one day in the Dominican Republic and I had did not have to purchase a tourist visa (hurrrrrayyyyy). I have to say that the Dominican people are standing with us in this situation as well! I do thank you the Dominican Republic for all your help! We might have a bad past together but when tragedy strikes we are all reminded that we are just human before all and I command you for stepping up your game in a positive way.

Day two

I was in the bus station heading toward Haiti. I met this particular paramedic from Canada who was travelling with his family on a second tour of duty and we begin to talk to him and I could see his heart! He told me the worst part from him was when he was bringing people to the hospital knowing that they will not receive the care and they were many of them and he had to carry a lot of people and he says it was very frustrating to him. I asked him specifically if he has ever felt threatened and he told me that never and he says as a matter of fact people were directing traffic for him so that he could get to his destination and what even get me is when he said that: “the Haitian people is actually ministering to the world”. kudos to my brothers and sisters for that! Hold on and keep strong!

We left at 10 Am and finally got to the station in Haiti at 5 Pm as Charter indicated on their website.

Day three

I got to foundation Coeur pour Haiti and slept inside for the first night. I was instructed on the route to take should the need arise to get outside in case of an earthquake! Wowwwww… This is truly nerve racking!!!! So, this was my last night sleeping inside.

There are so many people now sleeping outside it is just unbelievable. Please keep in mind that hurricane season is in the corner and one night while I was sleeping outside with no shelter somebody walked me up and there was a lot of commotion, first I thought it was an earthquake than I realized it was just raining on us. Keep in mind that most people leaving in tent are literally either using a field or they are on the concrete, when it rains the water needs somewhere to go and not to even mention the mud and mosquitoes etc…

Heart for Haiti Foundation has set up a free clinic to help people in the neighborhood and I spent the last 2 days translating for the patients and the medical crew. A crew of six medical professional coming form the Nederlands just left the village after working there for three weeks.  They are two medical professional still on duty now. They see an average of 50 to 60 patients a day.

On Thursday, there was a food distribution for about 800 people but so many more show up that the police had to be called up to control the crowd. I would encourage you to donate to the to this mission. They are using it for the good of the people not only in the neighborhood but also all the Haitian people.

Pictures and videos coming soon!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

We are the world 25

Please purchase this track on iTunes as all proceeds go to support relief efforts in Haiti.

We Are The World 25 For Haiti Lyrics

[Justin Bieber]
There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
[Nicole Scherzinger & Jennifer Hudson]
When the world must come together as one
[Jennifer Hudson]
There are people dying
[Jennifer Nettles]
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
[Josh Groban]
We can’t go on
Pretending day by day
[Tony Bennet]
that someone, somehow will soon make a change
[Mary J Blige]
We are all a part of
God’s great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need
[Michael Jackson]
We are the world
We are the children
[Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Barbra Streisand]
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Miley Cyrus]
Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
[Enrique Iglesias]
so their cries for help
will not be in vain
[Nicole Scherzinger]
We can’t let them suffer
no we cannot turn away
[Jamie Foxx]
Right now they need a helping hand
[Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond la
We are the Children
[Adam Levine]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so lets start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
[BeBe Winans]
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Michael Jackson]
When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
[Celine Dion]
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change can only come
When we stand together as one
[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Nick Jonas]
Got to start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
[Toni Braxton]
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Mary Mary]
We are the world
We are the children
[Tony Bennet]
Its for the children
[Isaac Slade]
We are the ones who make a brighter day
[Toni Braxton]
So lets start giving
[Lil Wayne]
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Chorus - All]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we make a better day
Just you and me
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
[Jamie Foxx imitating Ray Charles]
Choice were making
saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me
[Rapping - LL Cool J, Will-I-Am, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz]
We all need somebody that we can lean on
when you wake up look around and see that your dreams gone
when the earth quakes we’ll help you make it through the storm
when the floor breaks a magic carpet to stand on
we are the World united by love so strong
when the radio isn’t on you can hear the songs
a guided light on the dark road your walking on
a sign post to find the dreams you thought was gone
someone to help you move the obstacles you stumbled on
someone to help you rebuild after the rubble’s gone
we are the World connected by a common bond
Love the whole planet sing it along

[Chorus - All]
[Kanye West]
Everyday citizens
everybody pitching in
[Singing - Children & Wyclef Jean]
Nou se mond la
nou se timoun yo
You and I
You and I
[Kanye West]
Uh, 12 days no water
whats your will to live?
we amplified the love we watching multiply
[Kanye West]
Feeling like the Worlds end
we can make the World win
Like Katrina, Africa, Indonesia
and now Haiti needs us, the need us, they need us
[Chorus - All]
[Wyclef Jean]
Ayiti, Ayiti, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Ayiti, Ayiti, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Ayiti, Ayiti, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
lyrics courtesy of

Monday, February 8, 2010

Doctors: Haitian may have survived 4 weeks in rubble

February 8, 2010 7:19 p.m. EST

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- A man pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Haiti's capital Monday may have been trapped since the January 12 quake that leveled much of the city, doctors reported.
The 28-year-old man, identified as Evan Muncie, was found in the wreckage of a market where he sold rice, his family told staff at a University of Miami field hospital. He suffered from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but did not appear to have significant crushing injuries, the doctors said.
"He was emaciated. He hadn't had anything in quite some time. He had open wounds that were festering on both of his feet," said Dr. Mike Connelly, of the university's Project Medishare.
The people who brought him to the hospital said they found the man while digging out the marketplace, Connelly said.

The man told doctors that someone was bringing him water while he was trapped, but doctors told CNN that he sounded confused and at times appeared to believe he was still under the rubble. Connelly said the man must have had some water during the past month to have survived, but Connelly wasn't sure how he would have had access to it.
"Initially, I'm sure he had his senses with him, so maybe he was able to find some kind of resources," Connelly told CNN.
The discovery came nearly a month after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12. More than 200,000 deaths have been blamed on the quake.
Haiti's government declared search-and-rescue efforts over on January 23, but survivors still were being unearthed as late as January 27.
CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta contributed to this report.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Want to adopt from Haiti and don't know where to start?

 If you are a US Citizen and want to adopt from Haiti and do not know what to this website and if you are looking for an interpreter/translator, just email me and I will be glad to help you out.

Please know and be aware that adoptions from a foreign country can be a very long and frustrating process learn as much as you can about the process will save you a lot of energy and always double check info you are provided. Make sure you find a reliable person in Haiti to check on things for you.

If you want to learn more about Haiti, you are welcome to browse around this blog and if you have any questions or comments please let us know about it.

Once again, please be aware that you can not just go in Haiti and take kids 'cause you will be in big trouble with the law! Make sure you have all your paperwork in order.

Many have waited for years! If you love someone you will wait for him/her! How you wait is your personnal choice!

Let me end by thanking all of you who have adopted from Haiti this blog is all for you and if you plan to adopt please take your time and get a little familiar with Haiti, the people, the culture and so forth. If you have adopted from Haiti and would like to share your experience please do so here.

Be blessed!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now

Now is the time to love each other
Like we have never loved before.
The time to be kind to one another
For we almost get to the other shore
Open your hearts, open your minds
There's always room for one more
The signs are all around
Hurry, hurry it won't be long
Share your bowl of soup
And it will always be filled
It happened in Haiti
It can happen in Tahiti
We don't have thirty five seconds
We sure don't need a 7.0
Hurry, hurry, the time is now

Emma Carbon
January 19, 2010

On behalf of the Haitian people, I want to thank everyone who helps in this time of disaster. Thank you for your prayers, your support and your love toward us. I also thank the countries who came to our rescue: Thank you.

How warm is it?

Warm temperature, ranging year-round from 70-93° F in the coastal regions, and 50-75 in the mountainous areas; rainy seasons are April-May and August-October.

Enjoy the music!

You might be going through some tough time and you feel like you can not take it anymore. Remember there is a friend who cares and his name is Jesus. He says cast all your care upon him for he caress for you. He will give you rest! The road might be treacherous, nevertheless, don't ever give up!

It is time...

Time does not stand still. So, Make the best use of it!