Report from Haiti

Today’s report from Port au Prince. Heartbreaking. Please give generously to a relief effort. … > This is a direct report from Dr. Abel > Vallejos and Enrique Montenegro working on the ground in Port au Prince, > Haiti. > We’re almost incommunicado. The team is good. > We have 7 doctors working and 8 paramedics. We are taking more than 200 > injured per day. > Most amputees because of the time has come unattended, and gangrene > which has been formed. All hospitals are a mess. There are corpses in the > streets, people walking around > and even patients in the asphalt. > We are located opposite the palace of government: it is the epicenter of > ground zero. From here we see, as > 80% of the buildings are lying, while others are about to fall. > > The earthquake today (Wednesday) brought new people injured and hospitals > muertos.La > are on the ground, and that some fell on him the medical equipment, or even > the weight of the tents where they are served. Is total chaos! We need > doctors, nurses, medicines … > Please: Do not stop praying and giving. > > People sleep on the asphalt on the streets. There are hundreds of thousands > of people dumped in open fields. Although they are dead in the rubble and > the streets, the smell is nauseating. > We also slept in the field under a tree. It’s sad … injured children, with > amputacones, > bodies strewn, infected! It really is worse than living in the Tsunami!! > > Our only daily food consists of water and 3 granola bars. > Even the most experienced physicians like Dr. Abel Vallejos, break and cry > for the pain that is here. It’s so scary chaos and the situation, there are > no words. > > The nurse Ramon Bravo, is doing an outstanding job as the only paramedic > team that makes surgery. > > This is unbelievable. The emergency will last for 2 months yet, as they are > millions of people who are > in the streets. The city has 3 thousand people, there are already more than > 250,000 dead and 150,000 missing. Everyone is wandering from one place to > another, international help arrives … but not enough! > > “Dr. Abel Vallejos tells us that all the sick, children, toddlers, > women, men and elders who serve, have trauma to the body by the > pieces of masonry fell on them. The injuries are huge and have not been > treated in time. The catastrophe is the ever-increasing poverty in the > country. > We attend the same cases that we saw in Indonesia, a difference that is > greater misery > around us and thus the greater the catastrophe. Flies abound and lay their > eggs in > wounds. This causes not being cleaned in time become worms, which > we work even more difficult. Today we had to pull worms from their eyes even > some children, apart from between the legs, arms or any injury to afford ” > > Of the 200,000 injured by the earthquake, tens of thousands will die of > infections not treated in time. > It is tragic Tragic ….. …. tragic! > > Please: keep praying, offerings, and for medical equipment that can come to > support. > From, Enrique  

Compathos

Good to see Compathos getting some attention. The P2P Foundation recently highlighted a great set of social media predictions from Marcia Stepanek, noting that “low-cost social media will be used ever-more widely and creatively by social enterprises and advocacy groups to aggregate new levels of clout, funding, innovation and community support.” Stepanek’s predictions have been picked up by a number of bloggers. She says, One site to keep watching in 2010 is…the Compathos Foundation, which connects volunteers and financial resources with nonprofits through digital storytelling. Last night, we screened a pre-edit of a new documentary film from the Compathos Foundation which highlights the plight of hundreds (maybe thousands) of tribal children who are ritually killed each year via a little-known superstition. Compathos is a leading voice raising awareness to rescue these children from certain death by supporting efforts to convince tribal leaders to allow the children to be placed in orphanages. Post updated 18  

Compassion

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others “even our enemies” is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion. We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings “even those regarded as enemies.” We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community. – From the Charter for Compassion, a TED Wish by Karen