The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a deadly disaster which measured 7.0 in the Richter scale with the epicenter located approximately 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time on Tuesday, 12th January 2010. By 24th January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake and the death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,000.
Amma’s care reaches every corner of the world
The destruction caused by the catastrophe was beyond words, Amma observed and instructed MAM to send a shipment of medical provisions to Haiti. The supplies included assorted medications, surgical equipment, feeding and drainage tubes, assorted wound-care supplies, diagnostic supplies, syringes, needles, sheets and blankets, drapes, tents, sleeping bags, face masks, obstetric and infant-care supplies, wheelchairs, crutches, braces, splints, protein powders, saline solution and disinfectants.
The horrific earthquake had uprooted many lives and destroyed countless families, orphaning nearly one million children. Sensing the despair of the children in Haiti, Amma decided to start an orphanage to take care of them. Towards this end, the MAM had rented a four-storied house in Laboulle, a suburb in the hills outside of Port-au-Prince, and converted it into an orphanage. The project was undertaken by the Mata Amritanandamayi Center’s Health Care Charities, Inc., and the Amma Foundation of Canada. Orphanage in Haiti became the third such institution run by MAM, after Amrita Niketan in Kerala, India (estd.1989) and Amrita Watoto Boma in Nairobi (estd.2009).
Amma gives wings to the children of Haiti
A letter written by five young survivors of the earthquake, recipients of the ‘Embracing the world’ scholarships, wrote a letter to Amma in 2015, which explained their heartfelt gratitude towards her. They thanked Amma for allowing to study and pursue their dreams as the socio-political situation prevailing in Haiti was not conducive for individual growth. The children had emphasized the crucial role played by MAM’s intervention in helping them to dream big, and assured that Amma’s help will not go in vain.