Thursday, January 21

Haiti brought home

Ive deliberated whether or not to blog about last night. Swung too and fro- i dont like to make a personal tradgedy into fodder, just something else to blog about. But I decided in the end that I would write about it, it happenned, it affected me, it may help in some way to touch one of you and lead you to make a difference somewhere, in some small way.

Last night at book club we learnt that one of our members, an old firend of mine, had been touched by the tradgedy in Haiti. My friend is from NZ and her old friend and bridesmaid, also a New Zealander had been living in Haiti with her Haitian/french husband and her three small girls. She was at work when the quake struck and raced back to her home to find it collapsed to rubble and her three children and husband missing. She dug through the rubble herself and found her husband and one child dead and miraculously and thankfully her baby still alive, protected from the falling rooms by the bath and her father. Sadly her other child is still missing. The grief of this woman i cannot imagine. Having rescued oned and recovered just two family members she has vowed to stay until she finds her missing daughter.

So last night my friend brought to bookclub a birthday cake, iced in purple and decorated with the name Zanzie in silver sparkly cachous and the number 4 in jelly beans, as it was little Zanzies wish to have a purple cake on her 4th birthday which would have been on Monday gone. As this woman has lost everything in the earthquake, except her youngest daughter, she has asked my friend to send photos of last night to her in rememberance of her little girl.

Red Cross
Avaaz
Médecins Sans Frontières
Haiti Earthquake Sanson-Rejouis Family Fund

11 comments:

Julie said...

oh, what a beautiful thing to do. such tragedy, so heartbreaking, so many stories i've heard this week...

Ravyk said...

you've bought tears to my eyes. I cannot imaging the sorrow she must being going through, losing her husband and possibly two of her children.

Tricia said...

Thank you for sharing. I think it is important for us to hear and share stories that remind us that it is real people experiencing such tragedy.

Sarah said...

I am pleased you did post this - it makes it even more real...

greenfumb said...

I was already affected by that story, being a NZer, but it makes it so much more real when you think about the people who actually know them. Can't imagine the pain of losing your children.

Don't think anyone would accuse you of using the story as fodder, we can tell you have more integrity than that.

Kelly said...

little Kofies body was found on tuesday so now her family can have some peace.

Arizona Mamma said...

How awful. As a mother, I am in almost constant worry over what can happen to my children. It's devastating things like this earthquake that make me remember how little control we all have.

Visiting you from the U.S. Arizona to be precise.

Jacqui said...

oh dear that is so terribly sad. I just can't imagine that sort of loss. It's been very hard seeing the children on the news, walking around looking for their families, just heart breaking and too many suffering people to help.

Kale for Sale said...

Not fodder at all but an opportunity to contribute our prayers, our hearts, our hope and money too if we can. Thank you. Please keep us posted as too when she finds her daughter.

Kelly said...

kale- A search and rescue team returned to Karibe on Tuesday, and have located Kofie, but were not able to recover her body yet due to the extreme instability of the building. Her family are waiting to hear what further attempts are possible to bring their precious girl home

Mia @ agoodhuman said...

How truly awful! It's hard to imagine losing most of your loved ones like that.