Posted by: carlajhart | July 16, 2010

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Creating Jobs, restoring lives

This month we mark the six month anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. We remember and reflect upon the losses suffered by the Haitian people.

At the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, they seek to honor the indomitable Haitian spirit with their mission of hope to help Haiti build back better.

The outpouring of support from people the world over allows them to provide funding that helps create jobs and empower the people of Haiti with the skills and economic opportunity they need to rise above a history of poverty and neglect.

Through generous donations, they are working to help Haiti create a successful and sustainable economy–one that is more vibrant, decentralized, inclusive, and competitive–an economy where all Haitians have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By investing in the people of Haiti and providing opportunity where there once was none, they can help Haiti build back better.

Here are just some of the ways in which your donations to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will create opportunity for Haitians to thrive.

  • Establishment of a brace and limb center to provide prosthetics and rehabilitative services to thousands of Haitians. These services will allow children to return to school and help adults return to work and support their families
  • Providing capital to help key microfinance institutions recover and continue to provide small loans to thousands of people so they can rebuild their businesses and livelihoods.
  • Support for opening export markets for Haiti’s once-thriving craft sector that will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue for Haitian artisan products and create over 3,000 jobs.
  • Assistance for Haiti’s garment industry, which provides jobs for thousands of Haitians, many of whom are women.

If you would like more information on the programs supported by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, please visit www.ClintonBushHaitiFund.org. Please remember, support for these programs is possible only through continued donations. You are an essential part of the mission of helping Haiti build back better, ending the country’s vicious cycle of aid-dependency and leaving a legacy of empowerment for all Haitians.

As they say in Haiti: Ampil Men Chay Pa Lou,” or “Many Hands Lighten the Load.” Every donation makes an enormous difference, and even if you have already given, please consider giving again.

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Posted by: carlajhart | July 1, 2010

Recycling Homes, Recycling Lives

One way of getting people into safe, secure homes fast is to use already existing structures that can be moved onto site quickly.  Give people the training necessary to put these homes together and you can help rebuild their economy.   

Shipping Container School

This is what’s happening with a company called Global Containers.  Retired shipping containers are recycled into low cost homes that can be fitted with windows, doors, and even second floors by training local crews the welding and building skills needed for the job.  This creates new housing and gives people jobs and skills they can use in the future.  

Read more about the innovative work being done to give affordable, structurally sound housing to people and give them skills and jobs at the same time.

One Laptop Per Child:  How are other organizations working to make life in Haiti better and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn and compete in the technical age?  Watch this video of how One Laptop Per Child is working tirelessly to address the issues of illiteracy among the world’s poorest children and how they are providing these children with personal low cost laptop computers.

Posted by: carlajhart | June 24, 2010

Interim housing for Haitians

HaitiSOFTHOUSE:  Housing is scarce for many Haitians right now and the hurricane season is upon them.  To help transition into more permanent housing, a team of New York architects designed a vinyl, octagonal structure they hope will help those left without housing after the January earthquake.  Each structure is 166 sq. ft., are designed to withstand hurricane force winds and earthquakes, can be mass produced for about $3,000 each, and last 5 years.  Read more about the HaitiSOFTHOUSE and how the United Nations is working to keep people out of precarious living conditions while they work toward permanent homes.

Posted by: carlajhart | June 24, 2010

Moving toward a better future in Haiti

International Donors’ Conference:  Leaders from around the world, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, convened in New York for the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future For Haiti.  Read how world leaders are working together to help this island nation, to combat child trafficking, provide professionals for social services, and hope.  A very hope filled article.  Read here.

 

 How the cell phone saved Haitians lives:  In the immediate aftermath of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the State Department worked with a group of engineers from the tech community to launch a free SMS relief information system to help the people in Haiti.  Read how this groundbreaking use of technology helped save thousands of lives!

Posted by: carlajhart | June 24, 2010

The Special Plight of Women and Girls

The special plight of women and children: As difficult as it is for all of the Haitians right now, for women and girls who have been left without a husband or father in the home, it is especially difficult.

Many of them have become targets of thugs and gangs, forced to give sexual favors for basic necessities such as food or water.  One organization that is focusing on making a better life for women in Haiti is International Rescue Committee.  Read their post on their efforts to protect women and girls who have been left widowed and orphaned and the successes that have been made.                                                                                                 

Keeping Women and Girls in Focus: The United States Department of State has been especially concerned about women and girls during the recovery efforts in Haiti.  How will women be able to protect themselves against violence and sexual assault?  The State Department has a brand new program which empowers women and girls with resources that will help them.  Read their article.

Posted by: carlajhart | June 23, 2010

The History of Haiti

Hait has a rich and colorful history which is important to understand when looking at the recovery efforts underway at this time.  Haiti is the first nation to stage a successful slave revolt in the Caribbean, paying a debt to France for their loss of property (slaves and land). 

They’re very proud of their heritage and have wored to become independent.  However, political unrest and internal corruption within several of the governments have left the country without resources to care for it’s own people. 

Wikipedia has a brief history of this very important, small country in the Caribbean.  Read here for more.

Posted by: carlajhart | June 23, 2010

Healing Hands For Haiti

I recently interviewed Brook Frost, an administrator with Timpanoogas Medical Center, in Provo, Utah about her humanitarian trip to Haiti.  Brook volunteered with Healing Hands For Haiti, a non-profit which works to provide and promote health in Haiti. 

The Healing Hands compound had a total of 6 buildings; a clinic, pharmacy, school, administrative building, and homes for volunteers to live in while there.  Part of the work at the compound was creating prosthetic limbs and teaching lay workers to teach disease prevention to people.  Their pharmacy was full of necessary medications, dressings, antibiotics, instruments and other necessary equipment for helping people.  Doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and other volunteers from across the nation were in Brooke’s team arriving in Port-au-Prince in March, 2010.  

All of the buildings except the administration building were destroyed and they lost everything in the pharmacy.  By the time this team arrived, there were no longer quake injuries to take care of but there were many people who came in with post-quake follow up.

One man came in with an External Fixator which needed to be removed.  External fixators align fractured bones when a regular cast will not work.  The fixator is screwed directly through the skin and into the bones and is held in place with an external rod.  It is generally kept in place for 6 weeks to 2 months but in this particular man, there was no record of when his was placed.  Because the screws are located on the outside of the body and go into the skin, muscle, and bone, life threatening infections can occur if these are not kept sterile and removed on time.

Thankfully, this man’s leg was not infected and the device was removed without complications.  This has been a common occurrence in Haiti since the earthquake.  Many people are still wearing casts and have no way to remove them without follow u;p medical care; most do not know when they were applied.  

Please read more about Healing Hands For Haiti and the work they are doing.

Posted by: carlajhart | May 19, 2010

Updates

Welcome to Haitian’s Today

This website’s purpose is to educate individuals about what the Haitians today are experiencing after the January 2010 earthquake and to give unbiased, well researched information and links to organizations that are working in Haiti now which need your help and donations.

Please feel free to browse the blog and leave your comments.  We are in the process of building this site and will be adding to it in an ongoing process.

They’re waiting for your help.

The correct definition of the people who have been left homeless by the January earthquake is Internally Displaced Person (IDP’s).  There are tens of thousands of IDP’s in Haiti at this time in need of shelter from the elements during the rainy season.  They are also in danger of diarrheal diseases due to lack of proper sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Thanks to Margaret Aguirre, Director of Global Communications of the International Medical Corps headquartered in Santa Monica, California, for giving the correct definition.  IMC may reached at www.imcworldwide.org

 
 

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