Ubon Ratchathani Can Help Haiti

Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue at Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince
Creative Commons License photo credit: simminch

We are really quite fortunate living here in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. We never have to experience anything too extreme when it comes to weather and natural disasters.

The photo above is of the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A sad sight and seeing the name makes me realize how safe we have it in Ubon. Our Montana Hotel is still standing.

We might have a few things to complain about here. Things like the traffic, the heat and humidity, the heavy rain or the lack of something we want from our past lives in other places. These things are all just inconveniences compare to what happens in other parts of the world.

We don’t have to live in fear of tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, bitter deathly cold, a war zone, or earthquakes. So you see we do have a lot to be grateful for where we live.

In Haiti, others have not been so fortunate. The after affects of an earthquake has killed and torn lives apart. When seeing the devastation and reading the sad stories it moves the heart to want to help in some way.

Maybe there is no way you can go there and pitch in with your time and energy to render aide but you can give of your money. Many charitable organizations are raising funds, such as Red Cross and Unicef. If you have a Twitter account there is a thread or two dedicated to helping Haiti.

If you are able and willing it would be a great humanitarian gesture to donate something to help those less fortunate.  If nothing else say a prayer in the manner that is your belief for the survivors, victims and those there helping.


  1. Michael Hare says:

    It certainly is an absolute tragedy in Haiti. A country so poor and to have this happen.

    I often think that we are blessed in Thailand. One thing is for sure, if an earthquake struck here most buildings would fall down. Maybe pillars would still remain but all those walls built with little bricks would fall down like a pack of cards. There never seems to be any reinforcing betwen the pillars.

    As a Kiwi we read about the Montana hotel in Port-au-Prince. A NZ lady working at the UN there just managed to get out of the collasped UN building, rushed back to the Montana hotel where her family was staying. She dug out her 2 year daughter alive but lost her husband and 2 other daughters aged 5 and 7.

    I wionder if Haiti will ever recover.

  2. Hopefully they will recover with a little help from their friends.

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