February 1, 2010 at 11:55 am , by Amanda Wolfe
When we heard this story from our friends at CARE, who are a big part of the relief effort in Haiti, we had to share. Local boy and girl scouts who survived the earthquake have banded together to help CARE deliver supplies and comfort people in need.
Joanie Estin, right, is a member of Ste. Rose de Lima Scouts of Léogane. She lost her father, and her home, in the disaster. Her family has been living at a local school, but as soon as she could she joined up with her fellow troop members to pitch in.
“We try to advise the people on how to stay calm, and we help the international agencies with the distributions,” Joanie said to CARE. “For me, it’s a good deed. It helps me feel better.”
At a recent aid distribution, for instance, scouts served as security to help control the anxious crowd and emotional support as aid workers delivered soap, sanitary napkins, and other hygiene supplies to the women of Léogane.
Want to know how you can help? LHJ has partnered with CARE to help drive donations that will go toward both immediate emergency relief and a long-term redevelopment plan in Haiti. Visit their website to learn more and donate.