Canadian relief in Haiti
I was listening to the radio this morning about the Earthquake in Haiti. From what I understood there were a list of countries, US, UK, France, and I think three or four others sending disaster assistance to Haiti, Canada was not on the list as we are "furthering our investigation in the necessities of the situation." Does any one have more information on what we're doing?
Passing this along.
...............................................................................Canadian Haiti Action Committee and Toronto Haiti Action Committee are
preparing a list of ways you can donate or raise money to donate for immediate
assistance to people there. Meanwhile...................
THAC has channeled money through Partners in Health
Haiti has a famous “model” clinic practicing ‘a preferential option for
the poor in health care’ associated with Paul Farmer.
Click on the above site and it will walk you through and your charitable
receipt is applicable to Canada.
We support a community school where people will be needing money for food,
water and medical care.
SOPUDEP School: Donate via Canada Helps http://www.canadahelps.org/
The Sawatzky Family Foundation has been granted charitable status allowing us
to issue tax receipts. if you would like to donate to SOPUDEP School you may
pay through the PayPal Donate link or the Canada Helps Donate Link, or you can
send a check or money order to:
The Sawatzky Family Foundation,
PO Box 626, 25 Peter Street North,
Orillia, ON. Canada,
Phone: (705) 345-5593
Fax: (705) 323-9251
Another very good organization, which has been generating solidarity with the
peoples of Haiti, Honduras and opponents of oil and mineral extraction
companies in Central America, is
Rights Action http://www.rightsaction.org/ I’ve
included their appeal below
Haiti Earthquake Report-Appeal #1
7.0 EARTHQUAKE DEVASTATES HAITI
On January 12, 2010, an “apocalyptic” earthquake, 7.0 on the
Richter scale, devastated Haiti, the epi-center 10 miles southwest of
the capital city, Port-au-Prince, a city of close to 3,000,000 people.
With the highest levels of poverty and exploitation in the Americas,
Haiti has long been one of the most devastated countries in the
Americas, beset regularly by political and natural crisis and
disasters. After the initial earthquake, 27 aftershocks followed, up
to 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Major buildings have collapsed – hotels (the Christopher, the
Montana), the National Palace, UN buildings, the Cathedral, etc; let
alone the uncountable numbers of shacks that a majority of the
population live in.
Fires rage in Port-au-Prince. Screams for help echo through the city
and affected regions. People are digging through the rubble with their
BELOW: 2 news reports.
WHAT WE WILL DO WITH FUNDS
In 2004 and 2005, Rights Action raised and distributed emergency
funds to various community based groups in Haiti in response to the
dual crisis of the military coup against the government of President
Aristide and then a series of hurricanes and tropical storms that
devastated Haiti through 2004 and into 2005.
Initial funds will be used directly and simply for food and water,
health and shelter relief. Later, we will raise funds for community
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS FOR "HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF"
Make check payable to "Rights Action" and mail to:
UNITED STATES: Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887
CANADA: 552 - 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8
CREDIT-CARD DONATIONS: http://rightsaction.org/contributions.htm
Please redistribute this information
For more information: Grahame Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENT - TORONTO
Finally earthquakes kill very few people; mostly they are killed by falling
buildings. Building collapse is caused by poor construction, made possible by
absent or inadequate building standards, corruption and governments unconcerned
about the welfare of the building’s occupants. The quake’s death toll is
usually compounded by inadequate emergency preparedness. Both are political
January 28 at OISE there will be a report back on the current political and
Human Rights situation in Haiti. More news soon................
They need socialism, and to boot the Yanks and their elitist friends the hell out of the country once and for all.
Help Haiti: The Unforgiven Country Cries Out
"The relentlessly maintained, deliberately inflicted political and economic ruin of Haiti has a direct bearing on the amount of death and devastation that the country is suffering today after the earthquake...
Yes, there will now be a great outpouring of immediate aid, as there always is after any spectacular disaster.
But unless there is a sea-change n American [ and Canadian] policy, unless there finally comes an end to the curse that has been laid on Haiti - not by God or by the Devil, but by the hard hearts of elites following blindly in the cruel traditions of their predecessors--then this flurry of caring and attention will soon give way again to callous disregard, brutal repression and inhumane exploitation..."