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Deaf Community is crushed by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake too

January 15, 2010

By Bug

A woman is found alive amid the rubble

Do we have many Deaf victims out there in Haiti? Possible. Deaf victims might continue to cry out from underneath the rubble and how do they really know that they would get the rescues? They might wonder if their silent scream is not enough to be loud.  Maybe their advocates, interpreters, friends, and family members are dead too.

There is Deaf school; it is Haitian Christian School for the Deaf (HCSD), which is located right outside of Prot – au- Prince, Haiti. The Times-News reports there was one of the deaf teachers sitting there with her mother. She is injured. They are not sure if her mother was alive. Fookem and Bug try to find out if HCSD is safe but no information has been received

Steve Revis from North Carolina, who operates a ministry for the deaf in Haiti. He lives there for over 20 years. His wife Judy is still in the U.S. to take care of her mother. Steve returned after traveling to U.S. for the holidays when an earthquake struck.  He happened to be in the downtown and saw a five building collapsing in front of him. Many people died everywhere and he was pulling bodies out of the destroyed buildings.

Scenes of devastation in Port-au-Prince as an aerial view shows houses flattened by the earthquake that hit the poverty-stricken Caribbean state on January 12

 

Bodies lie in the streets as people continue to cry out from underneath the rubble. Little aid has come in as the situation becomes increasingly desperate. The Associated Press thinks the number of dead could be 500,000 or more. It’s too early to give a number. Almost everyone in that city have nothing left. Looting began almost as quickly as the earthquake struck and people were seen carrying foods from collapsed building. 

Relate. Imagine that you are a victim of earthquake. How will you expect to get help? Maybe you are dying without knowledge that someone hears you or not because you can’t hear that they are coming for you or not.

A resident stands next to dead bodies at the general hospital after the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince

Haiti is a third world and poorest country. Most Deaf people suffering in the third world is a collection of various stories. The big concern is how do we know that Deaf Haitians are treated fairly today? Many Haitian hearing people who had or craved authority over the deaf people. Those in authority over the deaf of Haiti denied them every opportunity for the independence. 

There is not much help, no electricity, no hospital, no food, no phone, and no water. There are too many people dying. What are we supposed to do? HELP them! If you want to give, give now.

an earthquake survivor carries a small baby in a shanty town

 

How you can help:

In addition to providing emergency relief, these organizations are providing the following aid to those in need:

Providing Basic Needs:
American Red Cross
CARE
United Nations Foundation/CERF
World Vision
UNICEF USA
International Relief Teams
Save the Children
Catholic Relief Services
Samaritan’s Purse
American Jewish World Services
Clinton Foundation
Yéle Haiti
World Concern
Mercy Corps
Operation Blessing International
Mercy & Sharing
Oxfam America
International Rescue Committee
United Way Worldwide
Episcopal Relief & Development
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Love a Child
Project Hope
Providing Shelter:
Shelterbox
Habitat for Humanity International

Providing Medical Aid:
Direct Relief International
International Medical Corps
Medical Teams International
Doctors Without Borders
Operation USA
MAP International
World Health Organization
Americares
Project Medishare
Partners in Health

Providing Food:
World Food Programme
The Salvation Army
Compassion International
Food for the Poor
World Water Relief

 

Organizations accepting international currencies:
The International Committee of the Red Cross
UK: The Disasters Emergency Committee
Oxfam Great Britain
British Red Cross
The French Red Cross

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Categories: Announcement, Deaf History
  1. Jean Boutcher
    January 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Bug,

    I urge you to share your blogpost with Facebook.

    Thank you for sharing the story with us.

  2. Debra Garner
    January 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I would love to adopt Haitians deaf kids .. How it works to get them ? Any Ideas ?

  3. Anonymous
    January 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    how i join with help them in haiti i need 2 know pls email me joshua_maldonado25@tmail.com

  4. Joshua
    January 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    take me 2 haiti i can help them deaf pple

  5. John Lafferty
    January 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I hope that all the deaf in Haitia are found alive. My prayers and thoughts to the family,love ones,and friends.

  6. Anonymous
    January 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    post the link on facebook.

  7. Kristen
    January 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I am a teacher of the Deaf in California. I want to know what I can do to help the students from HCSD. Any information?

  8. sandra
    January 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hii Steve and Fookem
    >
    > I found ur names and information on the website explaining about how
    > you work very closely with deaf kids and deaf victims of Haiti. A group
    > of us in Florida would like to donate our old clothes for them. They
    > need all the help so with your help we need to know where to send it to
    > as I would like a confirmation that the donations will go to DEAF
    > PEOPLE of Haiti.
    >
    > Thank You
    >
    > Sandra Erasmus

  9. Bert and Joanne Williams
    January 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I would like to send some help to the deaf community in Haiti. How may we do this?

  10. January 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Dear all,

    Presently,I am trying to get in touch with Steve’s wife and hopefully I will get you any information very soon. Your messages have been heard. Thank you very much for your support.

    – Bug

  11. sylvie
    January 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Thank for your kind thoughts and prayers on behalf of the people of Haiti.

    The Friends of Montfort, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) organization. They support group for the school, Institut Montfort in Haiti, which is run by the Daughters of Wisdom. Institut Montroft has over six hundred deaf and deaf/blind children in three locations in Haiti, the majority are in Port Au Prince. They have begun their work to provide relief for the deaf and deaf/blind children of Institut Montfort who are in need because of the earthquake.

    They have learned that although the school in Port Au Prince has collapsed, the children who board there got out and are ok. We do not know what the situation is with those children who went home before the earthquake struck. The children and the faculty are sleeping in the yard. As you can imagine, they have a myriad of needs. The best way we get help to them at this time is by sending cash. If you would send any checks that you can to: Friends of Montfort, Inc., PO Box 314, Merrick, New York 11566-0314. You can be assured that every cent will go to the school to help the children. Checks should be made to Friends of Montfort, Inc. This included tax deductible. Since we have no significant overhead, virtually all of the donations we receive go directly to support the children.

    Sylvie Marc-Charles-Weir is a deaf Haitian-American and graduate student at Gallaudet University. Her mother, Florence Marc-Charles is on the board of trustee for this non-profit organziation so Sylvie can update all the information to the Friends of Montfort, Inc for the childern needs. Eventually in the future, we will need dry food, clothes and other items that would directly be sent to deaf schools in Haiti. Right now, there is no space to ship any supplies. The Marc-Charles family stated that there is no space to ship supplies to Haiti right now.

    Please check the website, http://www.friendsofmontfort.org

    Thank you for any assistance that you can give. The friends of montfort, inc would appreciate it if you would forward this message to your friends.

    P.S. STEVE REVIS, please contact me and I would like to help you especially the Haitian Christian School for the Deaf (HCSD).

    Sincerely,

    Sylvie

    sylvie.marc-charles@gallaudet.edu

  12. ed peltier
    January 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Keep me posted ,our. School is interested to help.

  13. Christine Chin
    January 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I am very sorry for the deaf people are alive, poor and hungrey.

  14. Anonymous
    January 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    sure i feel bad

  15. cat cassidy
    January 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I have been researching into many websites about the deaf school and community in Haiti. Bug, in your last sentences you said,
    “here is not much help, no electricity, no hospital, no food, no phone, and no water. There are too many people dying. What are we supposed to do? HELP them! If you want to give, give now.”

    Give now. To where? To who?

    Alot of us in California School for the Deaf want to coordinate a fundraising to send money and donated items to the Deaf Haitians. I am trying to find the right place to send our donations to. We want to give “now” but aren’t sure where to send them to.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  16. Christina Whitley
    January 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I would like to know how much to pay for adoption Haiti deaf kids. I would love to help down there but I had to work here in Texas ugh. I pray that God send any people to help you all in Haiti to recovery throught sad days. Please hang in there Haiti and keep your heads up and have faith and think positive. I pray for you all as well.

  17. P.
    January 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Just heard one of the guy locally here in australia died in that earthquake he is a very close knit community. Bless his family.

    P

  18. January 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Dear Fookem

    International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization, founded by volunteer doctors and nurses and dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through relief and development programs. Our emergency response team is in Haiti responding in force and I would like to ask for your help to get the word out to the readers of Fookem and Bug. There are still thousands of patients seeking treatment of which approximately 80% are in need of surgery and are running out of time – especially with the tremendous aftershocks still devastating this country. The team is treating crush injuries, trauma, substantial wound care, shock and other critical cases with the few available supplies – And they’re in it for the long haul. I would love your help spreading the word by blogging or tweeting about IMC’s rescue efforts. We’ve put up a blogger friendly widget here on our site:

    http://www.imcworldwide.org/haiti

    With the widget it’s really easy to let your readers know that donating $10 to help the people of Haiti is as simple as sending a text message of the word “haiti” to 85944. If you have any questions just let me know and I will do my best to help you out. If you are able to post the widget or tweet, I would appreciate it if you could send me the link.

    Thanks so much,

    Ellie


    Ellie Brown
    International Medical Corps
    ellie@imc-haiti.org

  19. Linda Dale Allen
    January 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    All of u can help by :
    How you can help:

    In addition to providing emergency relief, these organizations are providing the following aid to those in need:

    Providing Basic Needs:
    • American Red Cross
    • CARE
    • United Nations Foundation/CERF
    • World Vision
    • UNICEF USA
    • International Relief Teams
    • Save the Children
    • Catholic Relief Services
    • Samaritan’s Purse
    • American Jewish World Services
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Yéle Haiti
    • World Concern
    • Mercy Corps
    • Operation Blessing International
    • Mercy & Sharing
    • Oxfam America
    • International Rescue Committee
    • United Way Worldwide
    • Episcopal Relief & Development
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    • Love a Child
    • Project Hope Providing Shelter:
    • Shelterbox
    • Habitat for Humanity International

    Providing Medical Aid:
    • Direct Relief International
    • International Medical Corps
    • Medical Teams International
    • Doctors Without Borders
    • Operation USA
    • MAP International
    • World Health Organization
    • Americares
    • Project Medishare
    • Partners in Health

    Providing Food:
    • World Food Programme
    • The Salvation Army
    • Compassion International
    • Food for the Poor
    • World Water Relief

    Organizations accepting international currencies:
    • The International Committee of the Red Cross
    • UK: The Disasters Emergency Committee
    • Oxfam Great Britain
    • British Red Cross
    • The French Red Cross

  20. Linda Dale Allen
  21. J. Johnson
    January 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Hi, I teach at a deaf school and would love to help.. just need to know the correct contact information and information to send our donations to. Also if theres a way where my deaf students could communicate with Haiti deaf students..
    Thanks!
    JJohnson

  22. Maria
    January 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I was watching hopeforhaitinow.org I want involve help for deaf community. It that possible to fly help deaf community? This is so helpless. Those people need help.

  23. CAM
    January 23, 2010 at 12:08 am

    There is a wonderful school called PAZAPA that has a large program for Deaf children in Jacmel Haiti. Jacmel was near the epicenter of the earthquake and was devastated. The school was destroyed. The director survived and we await word on the teachers and children. The school will re-open, but for many of the teachers, students and even the director, they are homeless. I visited this program 8 years ago and it was very good. The Deaf children and teachers were amazing AND they signed ASL! Give to PAZAPA http://www.pazapa.org so they can rebuild their school and teach the deaf children of Haiti.

  24. Anonymous
    January 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    What is the address of Haitian Christian School for the Deaf?

  25. marcillon
    February 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

    hello, @Debra Garner; im a deaf man from haiti. its possible for u to adopt a deaf kids in haiti. all u can do is coming in haiti and meet the govt. marcillon deaf haitian

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