Two days ago at 5 p.m. local time, a powerful magnitude-7 earthquake struck in Haiti. It was centred near the capital city Port-au-Prince and has caused massive destruction. The Canada Haiti Action Network urges Canadians and others around the world to contribute generously to emergency relief.
You can contribute to the Haitian Red Cross through its international partners in the International Red Cross. Contributions are tax deductible. The Canadian Red Cross is at http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=33900&tid=001: . We also encourage contributions to the following organizations:
Zanmi Lasante/ Partners in Health
The Zanmi Lasante medical center is located in the Central Plateau of Haiti and delivers health care through a network of clinics in that region of the country. It also trains Haitians as doctors and health professionals. The health center survived the earthquake and is moving to deliver aid to the disaster zone. Donations in the U.S. are tax deductible. To donate, go to: http://www.pih.org/home.html. By mail, send cheque with “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo line to: Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578
Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins sans frontières
Doctors Without Borders operates clinics in Port au Prince and surrounding neighbourhoods. It has expertise in disaster relief. Donations in Canada and the U.S. are tax deductible. Go to: http://www.msf.ca/news-media/news/2010/01/haiti-update/
Sawatzky Family Foundation-SOPUDEP School
SOPUDEP is a pioneering school in Petionville with an enrolment of 600 students from elementary to senior high school grades. The school was not in session when the disaster struck; we do not know if the building survived. The resources of the school and its teachers are being mobilized to assist the neighbouring population. The Sawatzky Family Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and issues tax deductible receipts. Go to: http://www.sopudep.org/donate . By mail: The Sawatzky Family Foundation, PO Box 626, 25 Peter Street, North Orillia, Ontario, Canada L3V 6K5.
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
In association with the Haiti Action Committee in San Francisco/Bay Area, this fund delivers resources directly to grassroots organizations in Haiti. It was founded following the 2004 coup d’etat that forced the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from office and imposed a two-year regime of human rights violations whose consequence continues today. Go to: http://www.haitiaction.net/About/HERF/HERF.html. By mail: Haiti Emergency Relief Fund/EBSCEast Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
For more information, including telephone contact, go to the website of the Canada Haiti Action Network http://canadahaitiaction.ca/.