Helping HaitiJanuary 14, 2010
The devastation in the wake of the Haiti earthquake is obviously touching people around the globe, but it’s been particularly poignant here in earthquake country, where we are acutely aware of the destruction that the moving earth can bring. There are a number of national organizations funneling resources into Haiti, but I just wanted to plug a few local efforts for anyone looking to get involved in the relief effort. Feel free to add others in the comments.
California Nurses Association
The Oakland-based California Nurses Association is coordinating with National Nurses United and other nursing organizations to send desperately needed registered nurses to Haiti to provide medical care in the aftermath of the earthquake as part of the Registered Nurses Response Network. Over 4,500 7,000! nurses have volunteered to go nationally, but CNA still needs money for flights to get people there. You can make a tax-deductible donation here. They are also accepting in-kind donations of supplies; call for more details.
First Christian Church of Oakland (111 Fairmount Avenue at 29th Street)
FCC is creating much-needed hygiene kits, which they’ll be assembling during worship. If you’d like to contribute supplies, each kit will need the following:
- One hand towel measuring approximately 16″ x 28″ (no fingertip or bath towels)
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb
- One nail clipper (no metal files or
- emery boards)
- One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
- One toothbrush (in original packaging)
- Six Band-Aids
You can drop any donations off in the front foyer between 9 and 11 am on Sunday mornings. For more information, contact Sandhya Jha, Pastor, at the church.
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a Berkeley support and advocacy organization for refugees and immigrants, runs the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. They are collecting funds both for the immediate crisis and for the future rebuilding of the nation. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.
Finally, please remember to think of Haiti not just today and tomorrow, but in the coming weeks, months, and years, as well. Like the Gulf Coast, Haiti will be rebuilding for years to come, and it’s critical that this already extraordinarily vulnerable nation gets the support it needs to prevent tragedies like this one in the future. In the words of Tracy Kidder (from his excellent piece on Haiti for the New York Times this week), “while earthquakes are acts of nature, extreme vulnerability to earthquakes is manmade.” Help make sure Haitians have the resources to rebuild right this time!