Associated Baptist Press reports
Baptist World Aid has pledged $20,000 in emergency funds for earthquake-stricken Haiti, the head of the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance said Jan. 13. A United Nations official said mid-morning Jan. 13 that the quake — which initial estimates put at 7.0 in magnitude and which struck the evening of Jan. 12 — likely had killed thousands of Haitians. BWAid director Paul Montacute said grants of $10,000 each were committed to the Baptist Convention of Haiti, a group of 110 churches and 82,000 members established in 1964, and the Haiti Baptist Mission, a network of 330 churches and schools founded in 1943. Montacute said BWAid will be launching an appeal for additional funds and expected to have more information later in the day. “We must make a generous response to this massive catastrophe,” Montacute said.
The Red Cross estimated that 3 million people were affected by the earthquake, roughly one in three Haitians. The Caribbean nation has been afflicted by extreme poverty and political instability for decades, and poor infrastructure and virtually non-existent building standards likely worsened the disaster’s impact.
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