Dear Friends and Pagani,
As you doubtless know a 7.0 earthquake has hit the island nation of Haiti.
(Stories on CNN, The New York Times, and New Jersey(dot)Com’s coverage of Wyclef Jean’s calls for donations to the Haitian charity Yele, on his Twitter feed)
In the midst of my everyday and my crazy schedule, my heart has been going out to the people of Haiti and I am trying to figure out how best to help.
I am particularly sympathetic to this issue as someone from Anchorage, AK. The 1964 Good Friday Quake‘s devastation is something every Alaskan school child studies. While I now live thousands of miles away, I also live with the knowledge that what historical records we have of the tectonic activity of my hometown says that there is a large earthquake every 20 years or so. Anchorage is nearly 20 years overdue… so my prayers and sympathies are very much with the people of Haiti.
When I have the chance I hope to take a candle and a card to the Haitian Consulate here in Orlando, which has a large Haitian population.
In the meantime I will donate what little I can to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s earthquake relief fund (here) and for the moment am just spreading the word.
(more info on the UUSC at their site, and on wikipedia)
There is also an evolving discussion of the different avenues of donation going on at the relevant article on the Wild Hunt.
It is through there that I also found a list of Green Charities operating on the ground in Haiti, if you are as minded of long term aid as well as short term relief you might consider donating to them as well.
A Witches Prayer for the Haitian People
I Pray to You oh Mighty Mother and Forceful Father
I respectfully call out unto All the Holy Powers of the Universe,
Please let all of Your Love and Compassion and Blessing to bear,
On the Island and the People of Haiti in this time of pain and suffering,
May the Holy Powers of Air inspire them and help them to communicate with their far flung families,
May the Holy Powers of Fire warm them and bring the healing of bodies,
May the Holy Powers of Water quench their thirst and bring the healing to their hearts,
My the Holy Powers of Earth feed them and lend them strength,
Blessed may You be,
Blessed may they be,
So mote it be.
Pax / Geoffrey Stewart
Shortly after posting this I received an e-mail from PeaceNext, the social networking site of the Parliament of The World’s Religions, with a link to a CNN(dot)com list of charities working to aid the nation and people of Haiti…