Although, Haiti is looking at a long road to recovery due to the recent earthquakes there, the abundance of sun the country gets makes solar power a viable option to restoring their power infrastructure.
Many non profits as well as solar power companies are facing on binging solar-powered equipment capable of providing essential needs like drinkable water, cooking surfaces and mobile phones to the people of Haiti.
Sol Inc. – They have contributed close to 100 solar-powered streetlights that can be installed in less than an hour, stay lit all night and stand up to hurricane-force winds.
Sun Ovens International – They’ve delivered hundreds of solar-powered ovens to homeless camps which will be capable of making 1,200 meals in eight hours.
Worldwater & Solar Technologies – They have donated a solar-powered mobile water purification system which pumps out 30,000 gallons of clean water daily at a Red Cross aid station along with a 22 kW array that is running a boarding school for 350 kids.
Digicel – The organization has donated close to 1,000 solar mobile phones allowing lines of communication open during this crisis.
The “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon organized by George Clooney brought in the most money a telethon of this kind has ever raised, bringing in an astonishing $58 million for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
And the money keeps coming in from around the world, with donations being made via telephone, online and mobile; iTunes sales as well as large corporate donations, which are still being counted. Friday’s broadcast of “Hope for Haiti Now” featured hundreds of stars asking for donations on the air, manning the phones and giving amazing performances.
With musical performances from Bono, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, celebrity speakers included, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Muhammad Ali and Matt Damon. Anderson Cooper reported live from Haiti.
During the Hope For Haiti Telethon, Justin Timberlake performed “Hallelujah” with Matt Morris. You can check out the performance above and download it at iTunes.com/Haiti. All proceeds go to the relief effort.
The devastation continues in Haiti, with a magnitude 6.1 earthquake striking about 35 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince and lasting several seconds. People who were mostly camped outside for fear of such aftershocks, were terrified. Luckily, it seems that damages from this powerful aftershock are believed to be minimal.
However, the second large quake has caused problems for the aid and rehabilitation workers and rescue efforts.
The quake of January 12 caused approximately 200,000 deaths while another 250,000 people got injured and 150,000 have become homeless, however, rescue teams have been able to pull 100 survivors out of the debris.
This morning, Guatemala and parts of El Salvador felt the rumblings of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake and many are fearing further earthquakes or tremor aftershocks. With the epicenter approximately 60 miles offshore southwest of Guatemala City, there were no reports of deaths or injuries.
This earthquake was located approximately 1,950 miles west of the devastatin Haitian earthquake that rocked the Caribbean country earlier last week and has claimed over 200,000 lives. A lighter 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Dominican Republic occurred less than two hours from the Guatemala quake. Many smaller quakes have occurred in the Haiti region over the last several days.
A 7.3 earthquake struck Haiti just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital city. According to CNN, the earthquake knocked down buildings and inflicted “a catastrophe on the impoverished Caribbean nation.” NBC’s Brian Williams reports that it’s the largest earthquake ever to hit that region of the world.
Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in the capital of Port-au-Prince, told US colleagues before phone service failed that “there must be thousands of people dead,” according to a spokeswoman for the aid group, Sara Fajardo.
President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Haiti and that the United States stands ready to help the island nation.