On January 12, 2010, at 4:53 P.M. local time, the Caribbean nation of Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years.
The epicenter of the quake was just outside the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. It has been estimated that the death toll could reach 200,000. Widespread damage resulted from the quake. The capital city was devastated. The Presidential Palace was badly damaged, with the second floor entirely collapsing onto the first floor; the Haitian Parliament building, UN mission headquarters and the National Cathedral were also destroyed.
International aid has flowed in but has been hampered by damaged infrastructure: the main port was damaged beyond immediate use, the one local airport was of limited capacity and border crossings with the Dominican Republic were distant and crowded.
Unfortunately, even before the earthquake Haiti was struggling with crushing poverty and very difficult conditions for ordinary Haitians. Now more than ever, Haiti needs assistance.
Here at High Rock, the Student Leadership Team will be sponsoring a fundraiser next week, collecting money at the entrances each morning. Please think about donating whatever you are able. All funds will be given to Partners in Health (a local charity) to help Haitians recover.
Also, we have set up a challenge page that anyone can visit, and donate through.
Help us meet our goal!
Partners in Health High Rock Site
For the latest news from Haiti:
New York Times photo slide show
CNN Haiti Coverage