Help for Haiti -- Update On V-Day's Haiti Rescue Fund
On Tuesday, January 12, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti, causing devastating destruction and flattening Haiti's nerve center, Port Au Prince. Since the initial quake, more than 50 aftershocks have rattled the area.
As of January 28, the Haitian government confirmed a death toll of 170,000, with thousands more unaccounted for or reported to be under rubble.
An estimated 250,000 people have been injured, and as many as one million Haitians are currently homeless.
Tens of thousands of children are believed to have been orphaned in the quake, leaving a generation of parentless boys and girls to be cared for amongst the chaos.
Basic amenities like medical care, food, water, and electricity are out of reach for countless Haitians.
V-Day has responded immediately to the catastrophe by establishing the V-Day Haiti Rescue Fund. V-activists from around the world have already dug deep and donated funds which are being put into action:
ADDRESSING SEXUAL VIOLENCE - SAFE TENTS
According to Michele Lebrun Pavana, speaking for Mrs. Marjory Michel, Minister of Feminine Condition, the earthquake has put women at heightened risk for sexual assault, as many women have been left to live in the streets with no shelter. Rapes have been reported and the situation on the ground is ripe for traffickers.
For this reason, V-Day is partnering with ShelterBox, an NGO which delivers immediate relief to victims of natural and other disasters, to help support the efforts of the Ministry of Feminine Condition in Port au Prince to provide safe shelter for women and their families.
We have allocated $40,000 towards ShelterBoxes for women impacted by the earthquake, providing shelter and other essentials for 400 survivors of the earthquake.
Each ShelterBox is a large, rugged, green plastic container that holds a 10-person tent and a range of other equipment like:
- Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets
- Waterproof ponchos and bin bags
- A multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint
- Cooking pans, utensils, bowls and mugs
- Collapsible water containers and water purification tablets
- A basic tool kit – hammer, axe, saw, pliers, hoe head, trenching shovel, rope etc
- A small, children's pack containing drawing books, crayons, pens etc.
We thank our friends at ShelterBox for the amazing work they are doing and the critical support they are providing survivors on the ground!
OTHER IMMEDIATE NEEDS
V-Day is also providing AFASDA (Association Femmes Soleil d'Haiti ), run by V-Day activists Elvire Eugene, with a $20,000 emergency grant to help serve survivors with medicine, food, clothing and other essentials. AFASDA is meeting a critical need by serving displaced residents of Port au Prince.
V-DAY SORORITY SAFE HOUSE
We are also happy to announce that the V-Day Sorority Safe House in Port au Prince was not destroyed in the earthquake. We are currently reviewing the structural integrity of the house with the hopes that we can open its doors to serve as an emergency shelter for families as soon as it is safe to return to the building.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN HAITI
We urge you to continue to support this effort. V-Day is committed to helping in Haiti for the long haul. We will need your support!
Donate at this link:
To donate by check, please mail to:
303 Park Ave South, Suite # 1184
New York, NY 10010-3657
**Please make checks out to "V-Day" and write "Haiti" in the memo line.
Stay tuned for information about a New York City event to benefit Haiti relief efforts on March 8th, International Women's Day!