Geneseo students pray for victims of Haitian earthquake

Megan McCormick of the SUNY Geneseo Lamron writes - "Although the bitterly cold wind was less than ideal this past Saturday night, the College Green hosted the warm hearts of about 60 students who huddled together to show their support and pray for the victims of Haiti at a candlelight vigil sponsored by the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Heading the effort on behalf of IVCF, sophomore Samantha Lillpopp decided to take a proactive stance on the tragedy by raising awareness immediately upon returning for the semester by setting out a prayer wall in the College Union during the first week of classes. The messages from the prayer wall will be sent to the people of Haiti so they can "be read by the people who they're meant for," Lillpopp said. he tragedy in Haiti has egged away at everyone's consciousness, but Lillpopp took the hit pretty hard, because some of her family lives in Haiti. Furthermore, her father recently went on a mission's trip to Haiti in November. Luckily for Lillpopp, her friends are safe, but she feels for those who weren't as fortunate. "I immediately contacted Pastor Dave who is our advisor and asked him if we could put something together and this is what we came up with," Lillpopp said. "We are working with the campus administration and a bunch of other organizations together for a more long term project to keep the focus on Haiti even after the initial search for help wears off. We wanted to really keep it in people's minds during the first week of school." To read more click here.

Big Picture Blog keeping track of Haiti

This combination photograph shows portraits of Haitian children who are now living in a makeshift campsite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) #

This combination photograph shows portraits of Haitian children who are now living in a makeshift campsite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) #

From the Big Piture Blog on Boston.com - Yesterday marked three weeks since the massive January 12th earthquake in Haiti, and tent cities remain full, even as some businesses and factories are beginning to reopen in Port-au-Prince. Now that massive amounts of aid have arrived, distribution problems have cropped up and are being addressed. The World Food Program has begun a new system of delivering rice to 10,000 Haitians per day at each of 16 women-only distribution points around the city - restricted to women, since young men often muscle their way to the front of distribution lines, and the women are viewed as more likely to fairly divide up the food. Aid chiefs and donor nations are warning that Haiti will need at least a decade of painstaking reconstruction. click here to see more images.