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The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual is saddened by the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti, in particular the women and children. We know that during times of natural disaster the safety of women and children are often jeopardized.
We have been in contact with our Sister organizations that work specifically on behalf of women and children in Haiti and know that they desperately need your assistance. We have also received calls from individuals that want to help in some way.
Below is a list of options to provide assistance. Please note that although there will be many calls to donate to large well-known organizations that offer aide in times of crisis; SCESA believes that it is especially important to support organizations that work specifically in their community. Further, the most effective use of money might be in organizations with a more focused mission and smaller overhead.
Therefore, in the spirit of helping to ensure the safety of women and children in Haiti, whether you give time, money, food, clothing or other resources, we ask you to donate to Haitian Women's organizations.
Here are a few Haitian organizations from the community that are doing great work directly with Haiti:
- Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women are organizing an immediate delivery of first aid relief. MUDHA is traveling to the Dominican/Haitian border, looking at how to reach affected areas.
To make a financial tax-deductible donation to Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women, so that they may take supplies to Haiti, please mail donations to:
418 West 145th Street
New York NY 10031
You can find out more at www.pastorsforpeace.org or by calling IFCO at 212.926.5757.
2. Dwa Fanm
Dwa Fanm means "Women's Rights" in Haitian Creole. Dwa Fanm is committed to empowering every woman and girl with the freedom to define and control their own lives. Through advocacy and grassroots programs, Dwa Fanm works to end all forms of violence, discrimination and injustice in the U.S. and in Haiti.
PLEASE VISIT www.dwafanm.org for more on what you can do.
- Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM)/Haitian Women of Miami
The Haiti Relief Task Force composed of over 15 local and national organizations has been revived to bring desperate relief to millions of our brothers and sisters who are suffering at this time. Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc./Haitian Women of Miami said: "It is heartwrenching to see so many men, women, and little babies lying on the streets with broken limbs, screaming and yet, no help is coming. These are God's children, they need our support now. It is a matter of life or death!"
Open your hearts. Sign to volunteer. Send a donation today to:
Haiti Relief Fund
c/o Eustache Fleurant
Bank of America
9499 N.E. 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33138.
On line donation can be made to FANM, Inc.: www.fanm.org for information please call Fania Innocent at (305)756-8050. Checks made to "Haiti Relief Fund" can also be sent to FANM, Inc. at 181 N.E. 82 Street, Miami, Florida 33138.
- The Lambi Fund
Its goal is to help strengthen civil society as a necessary foundation of democracy and development. The fund channels financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Lambi fund of Haiti is not a first responder, but a second responder. Lambi Fund will be there to help Haiti rebuild long after the relief service providers leave.
To donate to Lambi Fund of Haiti go to http://www.lambifund.org or contact:
Lambi Fund of Haiti
PO Box 18955
Washington DC 20036
***For more organizations and listing of how you can help, please visit http://www.akilaworksongs.com/helphaiti
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