If there's any place on earth that's been served up more than its fair share of trouble, it must be Haiti.
If you want an idea of what it was like before the quakes, this 2004 account by my favourite writer pulls no punches - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article1037225.ece
How to help:
a) donate to the Haiti fund at Medecins sans Frontieres (http://www.msf.org.au/donate.html); and/or
b) seek out and buy a bottle of excellent Haitian rum (Rhum Barbancourt). Goes great in a mojito.