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A leading Caribbean cruise line has pledged to provide $1 million in humanitarian aid to Haiti, as it continued to ferry holidaymakers to the earthquake-hit island.
Royal Caribbean International’s CEO, Adam Goldstein, told CNN it would be wrong to abandon the hundreds of Haitians employed by the company, despite media reports suggesting some of its passengers had voiced concerns on blog forums about vacationing on the island while so many suffer nearby.
Despite the huge international effort, vital supplies of food and medicine have been slow to reach the estimated three million people affected by last week’s 7.0-magnitude quake
Goldstein told CNN that its Labadee resort in northern Haiti, which includes a new pier and private beach, is almost 100 miles from the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, but that it would be available to receive aid being dropped by its vessels.
On Friday, a statement from the company said its vessel “Independence of the Seas” had already visited the island, delivering rice, dried beans, powdered milk, water and canned goods.
Despite the best efforts of Royal Caribbean to aid the humanitarian effort, would you feel comfortable about relaxing on a private beach in Haiti in such circumstances?
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As tens of thousands of Haitians continue to deal with the heartbreak and devastation caused by last week’s powerful earthquake, there are still stories of hope and joy.
There have been a number of cases in Port-au-Prince where people have been discovered alive after being buried under rubble more than five days ago.
Amongst the remarkable stories of courage and luck, there are also dozens of people who are being reunited with friends and family after days of searching.
Many people have also opened up their wallets to make donations to the relief effort – Hollywood has been particularly forthright.
At Sunday's Golden Globe, many wore ribbons in support of the devastated Caribbean Island. George Clooney and other A-listers are participating in high-profile telethons as well to garner support.
But actor Jimmy Jean-Louis has a much closer connection to the tragedy.
The Haitian born actor who is best known for his role in the hit television series “Heroes” was reunited with his mother and father who were feared dead because of the disaster.
Even though his parents were alright, Jean-Louis hasn't been untouched by the earthquake - he has lost family members and his childhood home was completely destroyed.
Before the quake, Jean-Louis worked tirelessly to help Haitians beat poverty through education with his charity that he founded.
The Hollywood Unites for Haiti charity was initially set up to help Haitians suffering from poverty, but today the charity has devoted all of its resources to helping victims from the tragic quake.
Here's your chance to ask Jean-Louis any question.
Do you want to know about his role on "Heroes" or do you want to know what the situation is like in Haiti? Perhaps you want to know what his charity plans on doing or what the best way to help is.
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In a special series of reports from Haiti, we'll be following people who are traveling to Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of last week's deadly earthquake to try and lend a helping hand.
In the first part of the series, we'll be following Richard Villar who is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon with Medical Emergency Relief International (MERLIN) from the UK. He is part of a team that is traveling to Haiti to help in the relief effort and we'll show you what he sees and experiences.