Humanitarian crisis in Haiti: Muslim community launches appeal to help

January 14, 2010
Montreal, Quebec, January 14th, 2010- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) urges all Canadians to donate generously to help the relief efforts in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation earlier this week.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck Haiti,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “We strongly urge everyone to donate generously to help the victims and help relieve the suffering of millions. There is critical need of food, clean water, shelter and emergency medical attention. Everyone must do their part to help, in whatever way possible. At the same time, we remind everyone to give thanks for their blessings and pray for all the victims.”
MCM is collecting donations and making arrangements to send a representative to Haiti on their behalf to help with the relief efforts. Cheques should be made out to JFM, with “MCM Haiti donation” mentioned in the memo.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday was the worst to hit the country in 200 years. The death toll is thus far estimated to be over 100,000, with an additional 3 million estimated to be injured or homeless.