As others stood up for the people of the Philippines during last year's typhoons, it is now our moment to stand up for the people of Haiti in their crucial time of need following the January 12 earthquake that has left tens of thousands dead and seriously injured. Please find suggestions below on how you can help.
Centre d'appui aux Philippines – Centre for Philippine Concerns (Montréal)
Philippine Solidarity Network – Canada
Secretary General, International League of Peoples' Struggle
These are the suggestions on where you can donate from the Canada Haiti Action Network. CHAN is a coalition of local grassroots groups (active groups include Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax) committed to exposing and bringing an end to Canada's active imperialist role in Haiti. To learn more about CHAN, visit http://www.CanadaHaitiAction.ca
(When mailing a cheque, write “Haiti earthquake” and provide your mailing address to receive a tax receipt.)
The Haitian Red Cross
You can contribute to the Haitian Red Cross through its international partners in the International Red Cross. Contributions are tax deductible. The Canadian Red Cross is at: http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=33900&tid=001.
They also encourage contributions to the following organizations:
Zanmi Lasante/ Partners in Health
The Zanmi Lasante medical center is located in the Central Plateau of Haiti and delivers health care through a network of clinics in that region of the country. It also trains Haitians as doctors and health professionals. Update: PIH is now managing Haiti’s university hospital in Port-au-Prince and has established more than a dozen satellite clinics in the earthquake zones. PIH is a co-signer to a statement calling for maximum respect for the human rights of Haitian people. (see here).
To donate, go to: http://www.pih.org/home.html Donations in the U.S. are tax deductible. IN CANADA: For tax deductions in Canada, Partners in Health is partnered with Free The Children. When donating on its website, select “Earthquake Relief” in the appropriate box, then in the “Leave a note” box, write “Partners in Health.” These are the instructions from both organizations. You must write “Partners in Health” to be sure that your donation will be directed to it.
By mail in Canada: Free the Children; 233 Carlton Street; Toronto, Ontario M5A 2L2
By mail in USA: Partners In Health; P.O. Box 845578; Boston, MA 02284-5578
Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins sans frontières
Doctors Without Borders operates clinics in Port au Prince and surrounding neighbourhoods. It has expertise in disaster relief. Donations in Canada and the U.S. are tax deductible. Go to:
Sawatzky Family Foundation-SOPUDEP School
SOPUDEP is a pioneering school in Petionville with an enrolment of 600 students from elementary to senior high school grades. The school has survived the earthquake and we understand there were no casualties inside. Staff are transforming it into a disaster medical center and will urgently need funds. The Sawatzky Family Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and issues tax deductible receipts. Go to: http://www.sopudep.org/donate.
By mail: The Sawatzky Family Foundation; PO Box 626, 25 Peter Street North; Orillia, Ontario, Canada L3V 6K5
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
In association with the Haiti Action Committee in San Francisco/Bay Area, this fund delivers resources directly to grassroots organizations in Haiti. It was founded 04 following the 2004 coup d’etat that forced the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from office and imposed a two-year regime of human rights violations whose consequence continues today.
By mail: Haiti Emergency Relief Fund/EBSC; East Bay Sanctuary Covenant; 2362 Bancroft Way; Berkeley, CA 94704
Cuban Medical Brigades
Donations to Cuban Medical Brigades, which were already active in Haiti before the earthquake, and which train Haitian doctors to work in Haiti, can be made through:
Make cheques out to “The Mackenzie-Papineau Memorial Fund” and mail to: Attention: S. Skup; 56 Riverwood Terrace; Bolton, ON L7E 1S4
Centre d'appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns (CAP-CPC)
26 ans de solidarité / 26 years of solidarity
6420 Victoria Avenue, Suite #9,
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Tel: +1 514 342-2111
Membre – Philippine Solidarity Network – Canada / Réseau canadien de solidarité avec les Philippines
Membre – International League of Peoples' Struggle / La ligue international de luttes des peuples (ILPS) http://ilps-canada.typepad.com
Associate member / Membre associé – International Migrants' Alliance / Alliance internationale des migrants (IMA) http://imacanada.blogspot.com/