What a contrast between the chaos and destruction caused by the Haiti earthquake (7.0) and that of the shallower and stronger Christchurch quake (7.1). Haiti: over 200,000 dead. Christchurch: no deaths. Haiti: 300,000 seriously injured, Christchurch: two seriously injured. There are other such contrasting statistics relating to the numbers of homes and buildings destroyed, people displaced and children orphaned. A major contributing factor to the differences must be that the quake in Haiti occurred at 21:53 while people were still out and about and the Christchurch quake occurred at 04:35 so most people were in their homes. However, these startling contrasts must stand testament to the stringent building codes and practices enforced in Christchurch. Haiti continues to receive much needed international aid including aid from Rose Charities but perhaps aid is also need to improve and maintain their building standards and practices.
The first medics sent by Rose Charities Canada to Haiti after the earthquake have returned to Canada to create a teaching programme for the School of Nursing in Port-au-Prince. This programme will start in Port-au-Prince in mid-October and will be open to 22 nurses from various hospitals around the city.
In addition to sending medics to Haiti, Rose Charities Canada and Rose USA have, today, dispatched a large 40 ft container full of medical equipment and supplies all of which are to help resestablish the School of Nursing and the pediatric ward of the general hospital in Port-au-Prince. Most of this equipment was donated by Medwish International Ohio and the remainder bought with funds raised by Rose Charities Canada and Rose USA. Some examples of supplies are: beds, cots, neo-natal monitoring equipment, syringes.
While in Vancouver I observed a lot of work going on to continue efforts to help Haiti. In this case the focus was the School of Nursing which was completely destroyed during the earthquake killing 74 young nursing students. Rose Charities Canada and Rose USA combined their efforts initially to send medical staff – nurses and pediatricians. These medics on the spot were able to identify specific needs for equipment and training all of which were desperately needed.
This is a photo taken by Pip Neville- Barton, a Rose Charities NZ Trustee. She was at a meeting of Rose Canada volunteers who were discussing the project in Sri Lanka. Last year Rose Charities Sri Lanka received a generous grant from a Swiss foundation. This is helping develop education projects at all levels – ranging from pre-school to university – in Kalmunai which was devastated in the tsunami. The great thing about the project is that it is run by the community itself.
In the photo – (viewers right to left), Josephine de Freitas, (back to camera), William Grut, Linda Roberts, Yoga Yogendran, Bill Johnston, and Gail Belcher.
A relief worker from Rose Charities International partner ‘Frontier Primary Health Care’ (FPHC) in N.W. Pakistan applies a dressing to the hand of an injured flood victim. FPHC is working day and night in almost impossible conditions to assist tens of thousands of homeless, sick and injured persons in the region.
Rose Charities is assisting by raising and sending funds for medical supplies, food and clothing. Rose Charities Canada works with close partner AMDA Canada, part of the AMDA International emergency relief network which has more than 30 years experience in organizing emergency humanitarian missions to disaster areas More..
The Rose Charities NZ AGM will be held on Saturday 2nd October on Waiheke Island. Rose Charities supporters may observe by invitation.
The star of the Auckland theatre scene, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, welcomed guests to a Rose Charities NZ fundraising night with Silo Theatre during their season of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. She is pictured with Rose NZ chairperson, Trish Gribben.
The musical black comedy, which received rave reviews, was followed by a soiree where hand-woven silk scarves from Cambodia were sold to raise money for the Rose Eye Clinic in Phnom Penh. By a stroke of lucky timing, Jennifer herself had visited Cambodia with her family, returning only four days before the event. “I couldn’t believe the poverty we saw there,” she told the 100 people gathered.
Rose Charities NZ’s patron, Dame Silvia Cartwright, was also in the news the same week, as a member of the international war crimes tribunal which announced its first verdict on Dutch, the notorious torturer and killer of Tuol Sleng prison.
Around 60 scarves were sold from a table which carried a photograph of patients waiting at the clinic and a sign saying: Buy a scarf and give a stranger in Phnom Penh an eye operation. $40 — the scarves have been donated; all proceeds go to the clinic.
The event raised nearly $4000 which is sufficient to restore sight to 160 poor blind Cambodians