One Month Later: Haitians Hold Vigil

JDC’s Chief Operating Officer Judy Amit shares her observations from the ground on the one-month anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated more than 3 million of Haiti’s residents.

Today the people of Haiti began a three-day commemoration for the victims of last month’s horrific earthquake. Through fasting and prayer, island residents are honoring both the dead and the living. In the streets we see masses of people gathering and praying, singing quietly and swaying rhythmically ... remembering those who were killed and giving thanks for those who survived. It is a moving occasion—one that is easy to identify with no matter where you are from or what you believe in ... whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish ... Buddhist, Muslim, or atheist. Natural disasters have no boundaries and can strike anytime, any place, wreacking havoc on all, regardless of background, ethnic group, religion, or social status.

This is our fourth day in Haiti. Every hour that passes seems like twenty-four. The experiences and sights challenge one’s emotions and thoughts, sending them into overdrive. The amount of pain and suffering ... the magnitude of the destruction ... are difficult to comprehend. When there is so much that needs to be done, where does one begin to help? It will take billions of dollars and many years before some sort of semblance of normalcy is restored to Haiti.

JDC partners on the ground are doing amazing work in difficult and impossible situations. We know that to save one life is to save the world entire ... and we must continue to do this over and over again, one act at a time.



An error occurred during your login.


JDC, Cookies, and Your Privacy

Cookies are small pieces of information sent by our web server for storage on your computer, to be retrieved when you return to this site. We use cookies to allow you faster, more convenient access, and to prevent you from being required to log in on every page of our sites.

For more information on JDC’s use of cookies, read our Privacy Policy.


An Error Occurred


Logging In With One of Your Social Web Site Logins

Instead of trying to remember a bunch of special username/password combinations to log in to different web sites that you visit, you can now link your account on this web site to your account on one (or more) of the social media web sites shown and log in with the same username/password combination that you use on that social web site to log in to our site.

To provide this connection in a secure manner, we use Gigya, a social network connection provider that works behind the scenes to make safe, secure connections between user accounts on different systems, such as popular social media web sites like Facebook and web sites like ours where you are actively involved in social issues and causes.

Each time you log in, Gigya uses special application programming interfaces (APIs) to establish the connection between the sites and validate your username and password. Neither our web site or Gigya receive or store your social network passwords.

In addition to reducing the number of logins you have to remember, connecting your accounts can make it quicker and easier to share an activity or cause you feel passionately about from our web site with your friends on your social web sites.

You can break the connection between your accounts at any time.