Project Help Haiti

Project Help Haiti


Haiti Earthquake Disaster On January 12, 2010, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused immeasurable, life-changing damage to over 9 million Haitians, and approximately 40,000-45,000 Americans, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is being deemed the worst earthquake disaster in Haiti since 1770. And the destruction did not end there, the aftershocks continued to cause increased damage to the already devastated region.

Below details our ongoing Help Haiti mission:

You can still help Haiti:

Help the Children sent sea-cargo containers filled with food, bottled water, clothing, and medical supplies to Haiti, coordinated from our distribution facility in Los Angeles. We partnered with other relief organizations to ensure the containers arrive safely to Haiti and the items are distributed to the needy victims of this devastating tragedy. Help the Children also sent a medical team to Haiti, during the first week of February 2010.

  • Food and Funding Drive – Organizations are having food drives collecting canned goods (such as vegetables, Tuna, chicken, Spam) pasta, small bags of sugar, rice, and beans. Help the Children provides the food boxes for the organization so that a personal message can be written on the box for the family who will receive it in Haiti. We are requesting that each box contain a check for $5.00 to help offset the cost of shipping the container to Haiti.
  • Fundraisers – Our fundraising goal is $50,000 in hopes of sending 5 containers in the immediate future. Organizations are holding fundraisers such as car washes, bake sales, etc., to help pay for the shipping costs of the containers and to assist with the cost of sending the medical team to Haiti, in February, to help provide much needed medical care.
  • Donations – In addition to food, we are accepting donations of clothing and shoes, for every age group.

Along with your contributions, the most important help you can provide is prayer for the many people who are not sure where their loved ones are, who are suddenly left alone, who no longer have a home, who are lost and do not know where to turn for help. Time is critical and you can help make a difference. Fill out the donate form and help save a life now. We will continue to provide regular updates for you on our website. A most sincere, "Thank you," for your caring and support as the devastation in Haiti continues.

Help Haiti - The Beginning

January 14, 2010 - Haiti Earthquake Devastates - As of today, two days after this horrible disaster, the injuries and deaths are in the untold numbers. Help the Children is seeking your help in providing emergency assistance to the victims of this horrible tragedy through our Haiti disaster relief efforts. Just fill out the donate form and help save lives. Please feel free to contact us directly at (888) 818-GIVE (4483), if we can be of further assistance. Along with your contributions, the most important help you can provide is prayer for the many people who are not sure where their loved ones are, who are suddenly left alone, who no longer have a home, who are lost and do not know where to turn for help. Time is critical and you can help make a difference. Fill out the donate form and help save lives. We will continue to provide regular updates for you on our website. A most sincere THANK YOU for your caring and support during this devastating time in Haiti. PRAYER LIST:

  • Suffering children who don't understand.
  • Airports repaired so we can get supplies, doctors and volunteers into the worst areas.
  • Roads repaired.
  • Disease from damaged sewers and dead bodies miraculously minimized.
  • Separated and devastated families.
  • Revival
  • Finances to send food and other basic needs.
  • Calling of a volunteer/missionary army to help, pray, and work.

January 15, 2010 - Join the Help Haiti Relief Efforts -The past few days have been catastrophic for the people of Haiti as well as their loved ones, friends, and well-wishers around the world. You’ve all heard the stories from the people who are suffering, you’ve seen the devastation in the region, and have most likely asked yourself what can I do to help?

January 21, 2010 - Rancho Palos Verdes Helps Haiti - The neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, came together to gather several clothing items, such as blankets and clothes for all age groups, to be sent to Haiti for the Help the Children disaster relief efforts. Lead by Georgina McGovern, and Michelle and Erick Witt, families, including children got involved to help improve the quality of life of the needy people who are still experiencing so much suffering as a result of the horrible earthquake just a short time ago. The items they've collected will be sent on the next container shipment, which will be leaving the week-of January 26, 2010. THANK YOU to the community of Rancho Palos Verdes for partnering with Help the Children in support of our Haiti Disaster Relief efforts!

January 28, 2010 - GO Ministries Steps Up to Help Haiti - We found a way go get relief supplies to Haiti. Closed ports, ruined roads, and downed air traffic control towers, haven't stopped us. We teamed up with GO Ministries in the Dominican Republic and our shipments of water, food, and medicine are being delivered to the people of Haiti right now. We have so far sent 40,000 pounds of food water and medicines, valued at over $350,000. Haitians will need ongoing support, so raising money to send more supplies is at the forefront of our plan. The cost of shipping a full container of supplies, loaded with over $200,000 worth of goods, is $5,000. Our goal is to raise $40,000 and send at least 8 more containers to Haiti. Haiti is on the minds of many and a definite urgent relief mission, but we also ask that everyone remember all of the international and local needs that exist. Become a MONTHLY partner, donate above and beyond, and help rescue God's little ones today.

February 3, 2010 - UPDATE - Haiti Disaster Relief Efforts - We are still collecting food, water, and medicine for the Haiti victims. We now have 8 full containers of relief supplies in our warehouse ready to be shipped, including 5 containers of water, 30 pallets of food boxes, and 20 pallets of medicines. One hundred percent of our Haiti donations go to Haiti. This new shipment of supplies will be sent through the Dominican Republic and to the inland area of Port au Prince.

February 22, 2010 - Tents & Blankets for Haiti Relief - Haiti's rainy season threatens to wreak havoc on the already disaster consumed nation.  View a special news report from Roger Presgrove detailing the latest Help the Children relief actions taking place.  Tune in, pitch in, and join in, our urgent Haiti recovery mission.

May 17, 2010 - Remember Haiti - With the ground no longer shaking, the crumbling structures settled, and the barrage of media attention halted, Haiti could soon be forgotten.  It is our intention here at Help the Children to keep Haiti Help in the news.  Survivors still need provisions, shelter, and medical help.  We have two more shipments of food, water, and supplies ready to go.  Please help us bring continued disaster relief to the people of Haiti.  We thank you for your time in prayer, your donations, and your genuine interest in humanity.

March 22, 2010 - Thank You For Haiti Help - All of us at Help the Children want to extend our gratitude to the churches, schools, and organizations who are supporting our Haiti relief efforts.  Coming together is making a huge difference in the amount of aid being sent to the Haiti earthquake survivors.  The commitment and generosity of the following groups is greatly appreciated:

Calvary Chapel East Anaheim, Heart of the Canyons Church in Canyon Country, North Park Church in Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons, Simi Adventist Church, Downey First Christian Church, Calvary Community Church in Westlake, Young Life Church, College of the Canyons, and Delta Sigma Theta.

We are also thankful for the many individuals who are donating their time, money, and provisions to our helping Haiti mission.  May our united support and prayers continue, as the Haitian people are still in need. 

Read more Help Haiti updates, by clicking on the Project Help Haiti Latest News items located on the right side of this page.



Help Haiti Letter

Placide Simone, 29, held her listless baby in her arms.  She motioned towards her four other children – whose faces were gaunt, bellies distended, bones protruding.  And she pleaded with a passerby: “Take one. You pick. Just feed them.”

Dear Friend,

We are called to be people of hope.  Placide Simone has none.  She lives in a place that many believe is God-forsaken.  She lives in Haiti.

Her children are starving and she doesn’t want them to die.  And so she begs a stranger from another country to take one of them … not out of hope, but out of desperation. That’s a mother’s love.

There can be no greater measure of our compassion, of our own capacity to love, and of our want to ease another’s pain htan to help a suffering child like Placide Simone’s.  If you’ll join me today, that’s what we will do.

My name is Roger Presgrove and I am the President of Help the Children.  Our vital programs have made it possible for us to reach more than 1,500,000 children and their families around the world with hope – with food, clothing, and other necessities to save these poverty-ravaged people.

And today I reach out to you.  As an act of faith and an act of gratitude, I’ve sent you this very special set of Spring cards.

I pray that they remind you of Placide’s children and the opportunity you have today to save them with your donation.  It is only through the giving hearts and good will of friends like you that we will be able to touch sick, weakened, impoverished children.

I’ve seen despair that breaks my heart.  I’ve known children who are so hungry that their little bodies will not produce tears.  And even if they could cry, they are too weak to do it.
The are breathing skeletons.

You don’t have to set foot in a foreign land like Haiti to walk in the spirit of our mission to save lives.  All it takes is a small donation – a gift that will save a life.

Time is a luxury we do not have.  So please donate today.  As each day passes, starving children like Placide’s become more and more vulnerable to killer diseases like Cholera.  Cholera is an ugly, horrific bacterial disease that breeds in the most squalid conditions and attacks the weakest people.  A child vomits, has diarrhea, is in crippling pain, and dies within hours.

The answer?  Clean water.  Food.  A sanitized living environment.  Nutrition. Medicine.  And prayer.  You can give all of these to the children of Haiti with a simple donation to
Help the Children.

We are prepared to ship Food Boxes and Personal Hygiene and Medication Care Boxes and water to Haiti and its innocent children.

All we need is your help getting them to places where people suffer and wait … for hope.  You see, the transportation costs are staggering … especially into developing countries like Haiti.

You wouldn’t believe the obstacles we must overcome just to get food or medicine to a weak, malnourished, sick little boy or girl.

But we will do whatever it takes, because little lives are at stake.

And I know in my heart that you will help me with your $10, $15 or $25 gift.

You know it is as I do: birth and death frame our lives.  But it’s what we do with the time in between that proves our humanity.

I ask you to use this moment in time to care for a little child you will never meet … For a hungry boy or girl whose only wish is to eat …  For a desperate mother who will never have a chance to say “thank you.”

But I can say it for her.  Thank you.  Thank you with all my heart for your compassion.

On Behalf of the children,

 Roger Presgrove                                                                                                                         

P.S.   I am proud to tell you that Help the Children is one of America’s most cost-effective charities.  99% of every donation goes towards our programs.  When you contribute to us, you are giving hope, giving food, giving life to a starving, suffering child somewhere in the world.


Food Container Held in Haiti

Our fully loaded container of food and water is being held at Haiti customs! We followed protocol and sent our shipment with all of the necessary legal documents and financial backing.

Haiti News Updates

Haiti Earthquake: Disaster Relief

Haiti's Medical Emergency Rages On | February 9, 2010

Haiti's government raised the January 12th earthquake death toll to 230,000 on Tuesday, a number which excludes any bodies buried privately.  The death toll rises everyday with the vast amount of medical emergencies emerging in the aftermath.  Over half a million people are still stranded in Haiti camps surrounded by threats of contagious disease and violence.  Health officials warn of diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles.  Coordinators are trying to provide as many vaccines as possible to ward off some of the potential diseases.  Malnutrition, infection, diarrhea, and waterborne illness are also setting in and increasing deaths.  Gunshots are heard throughout Port au Prince in desperate attempts for food.  There's a tendency in us all to jump on the initial help bandwagon at the first sign of disaster, but to jump off as time goes on.  The need in Haiti remains.  Commit to carry on and help us help Haiti.

Mattress in the Dirt | January 22, 2010 The horrifying wails of anguish continue to echo throughout Port Au Prince. A mother stares blankly into the blackened sky lost among the quiet haze of chaos. Her children are gone, buried beneath the unforgiving rubble. Four died during the initial earthquake and her fifth child succumbed to injuries just two days later. The mind picture is too much to bare. Now the despondent father of the children sits clinging to his wife, trying to relieve the agony, trying to hold on to any snippet of hope, all while curled up on a lone mattress in the dirt. These are the haunting stories that must keep everybody mindful of the need to continue helping the Haitians in this desperate time of need. We at Help the Children ask that you find a way to pray for Haiti, pray for the rescuers, and pray for the donations and aid to make it to the devastated nation.

The Eleven Day Survivor January 23, 2010 An unbelievable rescue takes place 11 days after the Haiti earthquake hits. A grocery store, made mostly made of wood, hid a store clerk beneath a desk of rubble. It was the brother of Exantus who first heard the cries coming from within the collapsed grocery store. He hurried to deliver the news to a Greek rescue team. Realizing the odds were against a rescue after this amount of time, the team still made every effort to locate Exantus. It took powerful chain saws and drills to dig a small tunnel of hope. Female rescue workers, of smaller stature, were the only ones who could crawl through the makeshift tunnel and reach the trapped man. Indeed they found a young man by the name of Exantus alive. Surrounded by cola, beer, and cookies, Exantus explained how he ate and drank anything that he could find to survive. It's quite a remarkable story considering experts see 72 hours as the general end time line for finding survivors.

Haiti Aftershock Strikes January 20, 2010 Port Au Prince, Haiti has been hit with another quake. The 6.1 magnitude aftershock struck during the early morning hours, sending people running for cover. The extent of further damages is not yet known, but the cries of panic continue to echo throughout the land. Today's earthquake marks the largest aftershock since the initial January 12th quake devastated the region. There are reports of Haiti rain on the way, which would only further compound the already desperate times.

Haiti Aid Breaks Through January 19, 2010 The United States and United Nations are sending more troops into the grief stricken land of Haiti. The presidential palace has become the new military runway. Pace of the rescue efforts has been hampered by the closed capital seaport, blocked airport, and fears of unrest, but have begun to pick up with the increased military presence. Nearly half of the Haiti food donations have come from the United States military. U.S. military troops continue to parachute into Haiti with the food rations. Threats of violence are real with the destruction of the main penitentiary and the escape of gang members. Nightfall brings cries for help and desperate searches for respite and security. During the day, people of the fallen countryside, seek food, clothing, and medical attention. The rescue task seems insurmountable, but Haitians can be saved with continued global intervention.

Strong Survivors January 18, 2010 Nearly 126 hours after the devastating earthquake shook the nation of Haiti, two victims have been rescued from a Port Au Prince supermarket. It took Florida and New York search and rescue teams an unbelievable 26 hours to uncover the survivors from the market rubble. A thirty year old male and forty year old female were found buried beneath the store-stocked shelves. They credit the fallen food for keeping them alive for an inconceivable five day stretch. Rescuers believe more survivors could be trapped under the debris and plan to continue the supermarket search. As it stands now, the relief effort continues to be in the "search and rescue" phase.

Weekend Rescues Take Place January 17, 2010 Against all odds, Haiti Rescue workers report saving nearly 70 people over the last couple of days. Three days was initially the projected deadline for finding people alive, but with rescue teams, digging equipment, and rescue dogs on the ground, six to seven days has become the critical timeline for finding survivors. Dominican Republic has joined the rescue efforts, along with the United States military. Security guards are accompanying humanitarian aid to ensure the safe and effective distribution of food, water, and medical supplies.

72 Hour Window Closes January 16, 2010 Time for finding survivors is narrowing, while the injured and lost desperately cling to the hope of incoming aid. Bodies continue to be pulled out of the ruins, both dead and alive. It's true desperation in Haiti. The exact number of fatalities may never be known. Corpses are being dumped in trucks, along the road, and in crypts labeled with other people's names. Complete chaos has set in. Pending anarchy, unbelievable suffering, and hopelessness has left Port Au Prince in the depths of despair. Global aid efforts are in full swing. Humanitarian agencies are requesting monetary donations, with the reminder that ongoing support will make the ultimate difference in saving Haitians.

Haiti's Fourth Day January 15, 2010 Even before Tuesday's catastrophic earthquake, the people of Haiti existed in unimaginable circumstances, devoid of safe drinking water, sewage disposal, or electricity. The CIA and State Department have kept record of devastating statistics. One in eight Haitian children die before the age of 5. The average life expectancy is a mere 56 to 62 years old and the nation continues to be plagued by deadly diseases that other industrialized countries no longer experience. Now in the aftermath of the quake, the previous conditions are compounded by the current destruction. It's a grim situation. As tensions mount, civil unrest lingers, and lack of food and water continues, the death rate is bound to rise. Rescue workers and humanitarian aid organizations are attempting to help the people lost in devastation, but against great odds. Aid efforts must carry on, if the Haitians stand any hope for recovery.

Presidents Unite for Haiti Relief January 14, 2010 President Barack Obama has officially asked former President George W. Bush to come on board for the Haiti relief mission. President Bush has agreed and will work with President Obama on a global effort. With the earthquake devastation mounting, Presidents Obama and Bush are putting aside their political differences and joining forces for the good of the Haiti nation. Haiti has been completely annihilated by the brute force of the January 12th 7.0 magnitude earthquake. No one really wants to put the death toll estimates out there, because the projected number of casualties is inconceivable. Relief efforts are now at the forefront of the Haiti disaster mission. President Obama and his predecessor George Bush are planning to implement a sound strategy for the delivery of food, water, and medicine to the wrecked region. There are, however, many obstacles standing in the way, including limited access to the people. Ports remain closed due to the destruction, making ship passage nearly impossible and roads are being blocked by people begging for help. Coast guards, helicopters, and transport planes are in route to Haiti, along with 2,000 marines. It will take a group effort to save the living in the land of Haiti.

Haiti Devastation Unthinkable January 13, 2010 The Haiti earthquake has taken a devastating toll on the already poor country. Structures continue to crumble, water and food can't be found, dead bodies cover the land, and the injured suffer silent cries of despair. With continued aftershocks and threats of malaria, measles, and dengue fever looming, the living desperately cling to any signs of hope. Wandering lost and hopeless, many painstakingly search for loved ones beneath the rubble and under the crushed bodies of others. It's a horrific site and one of unimaginable consequence. The entire nation of 2 million people is in dire straits awaiting aid.

Earthquake Obliterates Haiti January 12, 2010 A massive earthquake just hit Port-Au-Prince Haiti. Measuring at a whopping 7.0, the quake is resulting in catastrophic loss. Collapsed buildings, homes, cathedrals, schools, and prisons line the streets. Piles of dead bodies are mounting. Some reports estimate up to 500,000 have perished, with no actual numbers yet available. It's the worst Haiti disaster in 200 years.