A very large thank you to the members of the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy Women’s Association for welcoming CAFOD into their celebration of Nigerian Mothers Day.
The celebration included the presentation of £500 to CAFOD for its work in Haiti raised by the Women’s Association. CAFOD’s Elizabeth Lingard was on hand to receive the donation and offer a heartfelt message of thanks to all present.
It has been nearly two years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The devastation was unimaginable: over 230,000 killed, at least a million homeless, thousands of buildings levelled including the Catholic Cathedral and the offices of the UN Mission. The following year was equally difficult, with outbreaks of cholera, the rebuilding of infrastructure, and more damage caused by Hurricane Tomas making landfall in November 2010.
And yet, there is still life and hope. The people of Haiti have been extraordinarily resilient in the face of these challenges. CAFOD has been able to respond quickly and decisively to this disaster thanks especially to your generosity. With £5 million raised directly for Haiti, and an additional £3.3 million from the DEC, CAFOD has been able to provide immediate support to the Haitian people, including securing clean water supplies, providing food, hygiene and sanitation supplies, and funding for the building of homes more resistant to hurricanes and earthquakes.
In the ensuing time, the focus has shifted to other areas and calamities: the drought in East Africa, flooding in Pakistan and Thailand. The challenge in Haiti remains, as does CAFOD’s commitment. Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and serious challenges remain in securing land rights, building permanent homes, and preparing for future emergencies. In spite of these challenges, we stand alongside those in need in Haiti, and will continue to work through our long-standing partner organisations in Haiti to meet the needs of the people. Through your efforts in fundraising for CAFOD and your generosity in emergency and Fast Day appeals, your support in the UK is making a world of difference for those in need, both in Haiti and throughout the world.
Read more on how CAFOD has responded to the emergency in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.