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To Haiti, with love: help from Connecticut for earthquake survivors

An outpouring of generosity continues to flow from Connecticut hearts--and wallets--in an effort to support the on-going recovery endeavors in Haiti.

In a press release issued on January 14th, in the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated much of the poor island nation of Haiti, a challenge to help was issued to all of us. “The devastating earthquake in Haiti has spurred one of the largest relief efforts in history and Governor Rell said today that Connecticut stands ready to help in any way possible.” http://www.ct.gov/governorrell/cwp/view.asp?A=3872&Q=453982  

One focus of the tragedy was the destruction of numerous schools in Haiti. The losses were widespread. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/world/americas/14schools.html?th&emc=th  In a statement made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the call was issued for support from the global educational community. “Education is at the core of Haiti’s recovery and is the key to Haiti’s development. We are determined to mobilize support for temporary emergency educational facilities and for reconstruction”, said Irina Bokova of UNESCO. http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=47205&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

The governor of Connecticut harkened to this call and assembled an effort to raise funds. School children across the state responded to the summons Governor Rell made in conjunction with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS). “Funds raised will be targeted to help rebuild schools, provide educational supplies as well as medicine and health care for children.” http://www.ct.gov/governorrell/cwp/view.asp?A=3872&Q=454224  

Schools state-wide recently conducted fundraising for Haitian relief, which netted thousands of dollars. In keeping with the sentiment that “every penny counts” contributions were made, both small and large, from numerous students and their parents. For example, students at one elementary school in Farmington raised over $2,000.00. http://www.courant.com/community/farmington/hc-east-farms-haiti-0130.artjan29,0,8202.story  

Other ways individuals can help here at home are by participating in events such as the upcoming Rotary dinner to benefit two relief organizations. These are the Haitian Health Foundation, established by New London Rotarian and orthodontist Dr. Jeremiah Lowney in 1982, and is based in Norwich, Connecticut; and Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, which located about 40 miles outside of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and is supported by Essex resident Jennifer Grant (whose mother and stepfather started the hospital). The Middlesex County Community Foundation is promoting this dinner, which is to be held on Tuesday, February 23rd, in Deep River. For more information, to make a donation, or to purchase one of the $20.00 tickets, please contact Jeff Mehler at (860) 767-9700. http://www.americantowns.com/ct/middletown/news/rotary-reaches-out-to-haiti-dinner-and-music-252261?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_content=articles&utm_campaign=usernewsletter

Nearly everywhere we look, the people of Connecticut are generously giving to the Haitian relief cause. Give what you can—on this Valentine’s Day, it’ll be good for your heart.

According to Governor Rell’s office, a list of the reputable relief organizations include:
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org  
AmeriCares: www.americares.org  
Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org  
Connecticut Haitian American Organization, Inc.: www.ctforhaiti.org
The Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
Pan American Relief; www.PanAmericanRelief.org
Partners in Health: www.pih.org
Doctors Without Borders: www.doctorswithoutborders.org
OxFam International: www.oxfam.org
Mercy Corps: www.mercycorps.org
Bethesda Evangelical Mission: http://www.bemhaiti.org/
Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich, Inc.: www.haitianministries.org or call 860-848-2237 ext. 206
Hospice St. Joseph for the Diocese of Norwich, Inc.: http://www.hospicesaintjoseph.org/ or call (860) 848-2237 x.302
Spread His Love Ministry (Hartford): www.spreadhislove.org
Hope for Haiti: http://www.hopeforhaiti.com/
 

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