Burrus Update 02-2010, Jan. 15, 2010
As news reports have chronicled, the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12 has destroyed much of Haiti, with the Red Cross estimating that more than one-third of the nation’s 9 million people have been directly affected. The world community is responding to the massive tragedy under difficult circumstances, with the United States leading the humanitarian efforts. Recovery will require major investments of food, shelter and medical care, and will be extended over a long period of time.
In the immediate aftermath of this natural disaster, emergency assistance is best administered by national agencies; donations to private agencies must be coordinated to avoid well-meaning but wasteful efforts.
As governments organize short-term and long-term relief efforts, the APWU will respond with appropriate assistance in coordination with other humanitarian campaigns. We will solicit support from our members as soon as these efforts have been developed.
In the interim, we ask that APWU members offer their prayers for the people of Haiti and their families throughout the world.