A powerful earthquake ravished the island nation of Haiti on the evening of Tuesday, January 12. Much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince has been destroyed. It’s estimated that 3 million people, nearly one-third of the country’s population, has been affected by the earthquake. Serious damage has been done to the infrastructure of Haiti’s national government and its United Nations facilities.

International aid organisations are now turning their attention to caring for those victims rescued from the rubble, and helping Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, to rebuild its capital. Glamorgan’s Students’ Union is rushing into action to raise as much cash as possible in the shortest possible time, to be sent to support Haiti through Lions International – chosen because all of the Lions’ administrative costs are covered by their investment funds. Every penny raised in Glamorgan for Haiti will be sent to Haiti.

The Union is arranging a full day of activities at Treforest and Glyntaf on Monday 25th January, and at the Cardiff ATRiuM on Tuesday 26th January, with the aim of sending on all monies raised by February 1st. Many volunteers are needed to maximise the success of these days, so if you can shake a bucket, buy a cake, or stand at a stall, please do contact the Union and offer your time on Monday or Tuesday. All Union activities are being co-ordinated through a special Facebook page

You may also be a healthcare professional, or know someone who is. Jubilee Action is looking for healthcare professionals willing to travel to Haiti, even for a few days, to offer their services. Willing helpers should look here

If you have been affected personally by the Haiti disaster, or find it has stirred up deep questions, you may want to speak to one of the Chaplains – please do contact the Chaplaincy. You can phone us on 01443 654060 or you can e-mail us by clicking here
The prayers of all the Chaplaincy team are with the people of Haiti at this time.