When the Haiti earthquake struck, Christina Alexander decided to go. She was on one of the first Scientology-chartered flights that brought doctors, nurses and other emergency response personnel to Haiti. What stuck her in Haiti was the desperate lack of everything, even the most basic needs. “I felt really proud but humble, and honored to be there among such selfless, hard-working volunteers from all over the world,” she said.
I recently got back from Haiti and to say they need help in that country is such an understatement. The people of Haiti are so spiritual. After seeing the devastation of the earthquake I realized why - spirituality is all they have. The children are amazing. I would smile at the children or say hello and one for one, every time,their faces would light up and beam with joy just from that simple smile and hello. There was no promise of food, or candy, or money--just a wave and smile from me from the car window. But that was enough for them to know someone cared.
The Hornbeam, known now as the "Lifeboat to Haiti," is nearly done being loaded and will sail to Port-au-Prince to bring urgent supplies to charities, schools and hospitals.
Cassandra Hepburn is a Scientology Volunteer Minister, back in Haiti for another round. She is working at the University of Miami Hospital in Haiti, checking people in, discharging patients, delivering supplies, filling out forms--the various things an entire staff usually do at a regular hospital is all being done by volunteers in Haiti. When not there she visits orphanages, delivering food and supplies. Cassandra raves about these beautiful children and how good-natured and loving they are.
22-24 March 2010: Update on the Hornbeam: Monday afternoon in Miami final preparations for the 1,500- mile trip of the former US Coast Guard Ship were done. Several Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped to load over 170 tons of supplies, including wood-burning stoves donated by the charity of wife of the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Tomorrow an ambulance and a school bus will be loaded on board and the ship will be tugged out to open sea and leave for Haiti.
Update: Representatives of the Miami Haitian Community Award Scientology Volunteer Ministers for Haiti Disaster Relief EffortSubmitted by csinet on Fri, 2010-03-19 16:45
A Scientology-sponsored ship is loading up with supplies for Haiti, including wood-burning stoves from the charity founded by the Lola Poisson-Joseph, wife of the Haitian Ambassador to the United States. The 896-ton Hornbeam, a former U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, is transporting more than 165 tons of cargo to Haiti including an ambulance, a school bus and more than 20,000 Meals Ready to Eat.
Scientology Sponsors “Lifeboat to Haiti” Bringing Supplies and Help for the Next Phase of Disaster ReliefSubmitted by csinet on Fri, 2010-03-19 11:51
Scientology-Sponsored Ship Leaves for Haiti with 175 Tons of Supplies, Including Wood-Burning Stoves from Charity of Wife of Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., an Ambulance, School Bus and 20,000+ Meals Ready to EatTwo months after the earthquake in Haiti, with the UN and Haitian government predicting reconstruction will cost $11.5 billion and the rainy season fast approaching, hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps with no protection from the elements.
Kerri Kasem Show #102 - interviews with several Scientology Volunteer Ministers who have returned from Haiti: Josh (who was working in the Miami Hospital Tent Operating room), Cassandra Hepburn (working in refugee camps and orphanages), Felix Kunze (documenting the scene in Haiti) and others. Kerri has been in Haiti herself and adds her personal observations to the mix.
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