Ricky Martin Lends a Helping Hand in Haiti

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Ricky Martin landed in Haiti yesterday to do some hands-on volunteering in the shaken country. Martin traveled with Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford to the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and was deeply effected by all that he saw.

"The only words that I can think of to describe what I have witnessed today is that it is a living nightmare. The images I have in my head now will be impossible to forget," the singer, 38, said somberly in a statement. Martin is working with Habitat for Humanity, an organization he has partnered up with in the past, to find out how they can help the thousands who have lost their homes.

"The children and families impacted by the disaster will need help for a long time to restore their lives in every sense of the word. Every family is a family in need. I ask that every one of you think about the future of these children. What they will need to survive after being fed and receiving medical attention is a decent and safe home," he continued.

"I think that the last thing anyone ever wants is for a child to be homeless." Martin said, "Above everything else, we need to protect the children and families victimized by the earthquakes in Haiti. Please donate to Habitat for Humanity and help us assure the safety of the children."

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