Bellyitch Bump Day: The Haitian Belly

The image above is of a line to attend a pregnancy clinic run by the international medical aide group Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors without Borders) in Haiti from years ago. The group and other aide organizations have been organizing volunteers to aide the people of Haiti devastated by the earthquake that hit their tiny Caribbean island nation yesterday. I am extremely proud of a friend of mine who has agreed to travel there herself and volunteer for six weeks with a US version of this same group.

I am always saddened and heartbroken when catastrophes like these occur and take so many innocent lives. Especially in this time when our own country is in the midst of a recession and people are hurting, it warms the heart to see people dig in their nearly empty pockets and give. One effort enables people to give $5 through a simple text message. It is wonderful to see so many others volunteer time and at least the effort to promote the message of how those who can give should give around. The way the country and world is galvanizing support is great especially for Americans. So many of us are self-absorbed and can lack a world view, so to see concern for humanity, is great! It appears like radio, schools, the media, bloggers, the Twitterverse, and various industries are chipping in anyway they can. Good stuff man.

In this New York Times video about natural family planning failure in the impoverished nation, the reporter interviews Naomi, a poor pregnant Haitian woman living in a cinder block home with her nine children that she can barely care for while expecting her tenth.

I discovered this story in my search for efforts being made to aide the sick, missing and dead. The destruction caused by the quake is so horrific that I can barely watch the reporting on it on TV. After looking at this video, I couldn’t help but wonder if Naomi and her children were okay.

Heaven knows. I pray they are.

If you haven’t heard of the numerous ways you can help by donating, check out the following:

Text Yele. Wyclef Jean is urging donors to text ‘Yele’ to 501501 and make a $5 contribution to the relief effort over cell phone. Click here to get more information via Wyclef’s Twitter page.Save the Children. Donate at or make checks out to “Save the Children” and mail to: Save the Children Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880- UNICEF. Go online to or call (800) 4UNICEF.- Red Cross. Go online to and click Donate, or call (800) REDCROSS.- Direct Relief International. Donate online at Mercy Corp. Go online to or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900To find information about friends and family in Haiti: The U.S. State Department set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. The department said some callers may receive a recording because of heavy volume of calls.The State Department has also set up links on its Web site to facilitate donations to disaster relief agencies.

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