How to Help the People of Haiti in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

How to Help the People of Haiti in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

U.N. officials have deemed it their “worst humanitarian crisis since the devastating 2010 earthquake.”
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Since Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti’s peninsula on October 4th, over 800 people have died in the country. U.N. officials have deemed it their “worst humanitarian crisis since the devastating 2010 earthquake.” There’s a multitude of organizations rushing to help the nation with things such as medication, food, water, etc. To make it easy for people wanting to help, I have compiled a list of five organizations who work directly with those affected by the hurricane.

1. Planting Peace

Planting Peace is a non-profit organization that is providing medication to those in need, and has been extensively focused in Haiti for the past year and a half. A hundred percent of all funds donated will go directly towards medication. For every one dollar donated, Planting Peace will be able to donate one hundred doses of medication, which is extraordinary. Please consider donating to this organization to multiple your donation’s impact by a hundred.

To donate, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/haiti-hurricane-planting-peace

2. Save the Children

Save the Children is an organization geared towards helping children in developing countries by promoting their rights and providing relief. There are many children left orphaned, homeless, or in extremely dire situations because of the hurricane, so Save the Children has sent an Emergency Unit there with necessary items such as hygiene kits and baby items to ensure that the children affected are focused on and provided for in this adverse time.

To donate, please visit: https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9459905/k.12D6/Hurricane_Matthew_Childrens_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?msource=wekdohum1016

3. Americares

Americares is a non-profit organization that works globally for disaster relief by providing emergency medical assistance. They plan to deliver approximately $1.6 million in aid for survivors of Hurricane Matthew and are working closely with local healthcare providers to maximize their efforts. Americares also plans on delivering intravenous fluids for cholera while obviously sending medical supplies to treat storm-related injuries. For every $10 donated, they aim to provide $200 worth of aid, so please consider donating.

To donate, please visit: https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id...

4. Food for the Poor

Food for the Poor is a nonprofit organization that primarily works with those in the Latin American countries. Apart from food, Food for the Poor also assists with shelter, medication, and other services. They plan to send over thirty containers of supplies to Haiti over the course of next couple of weeks. According to Robin Mahfood, the CEO, “A hurricane is the last thing Haiti need[s] right now,” and that “[They] will do [their] best to help them to recover.”

To donate, please visit: https://secure3.convio.net/ffp/site/Donation2?df_id=42249&mfc_pref=T&42249.donation=form1&_ga=1.72481364.617515001.1475850509

5. Oxfam International

Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) working with partners in over ninety countries. Oxfam is currently in the towns most affected by Hurricane Matthew. According to the recent update on their website, they are handing out hygiene kits and water purification tablets to prevent diseases such as cholera or diarrhea as well as construction material. Providing safe water is the organization’s primary goal since the lack of it can lead to loss of crops and diseases.

To donate, please visit: https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/donate

While Mother Nature is not in our control, how to deal with its aftermath is. The organizations mentioned above include relief for medication, food, water, shelter, and kids so it covers the immediate spectrum of things that need the most attention. Helping doesn’t always have to include monetary aid; by simply sharing this information is also a form of aid by spreading awareness, so please do not hesitate to share and donate if possible.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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