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Relief in Haiti

October 2010: Community Support for HCDP's Relief Work

After the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 this year, CCCA had taken the initiative by mobilizing its membership and the residents of the county in an effort to lend a hand to the victims, relatives and survivors of this disaster. Along came Jody Rael of Solaqua Power & Art/Sundog Solar who had decided at this point to move along with his earlier plan that he was working on with Carline Murphy of Haitian Community Development Project, to donate a container to be fitted with solar energy equipment, to be filled with donations of medical supplies, food, clothes, tents, sleeping bags, school supplies and personal hygiene products. To also give each Haitian living in the county an opportunity to send supplies directly to their relatives and families currently living in Haiti at no cost. More Information

January 2010: Earthquake Hits Haiti

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 is a day that marks Haiti and its people for generations to come. As it was reported in the Register Star, my 19 year old daughter, Marie Jamie "MJ" Murphy, was in Haiti to deliver Brita water filter replacements, to make a presentation on health and to set up a recycling bin for the students at Ecole Mixte Volonte de Dieu in Tabarre when the quake hit. More Information

Thank you for support in Hurricane Relief

HCDP thanks all of those who supported our Hurricane Relief efforts. We received a total of $355.00 in checks and cash, $80.00 of food, and some female clothing and linens in the value of $20.00.

HCDP made every possible effort to ensure that the donations were given to an effective organization. The food and the clothing were packed in 2 boxes and were brought to New York City in late September where Carline Murphy delivered them to the Haitian American United for Progress or HAUP. This organization is a not-for-profit organization that is authorized to received donations on behalf of the victims by the Haitian Consulate. Carline was assured that the Consulate regularly picks up donations and a signed note by the recipient on the Consulate issued press release and letterhead was given to me to acknowledge the donations. A list of the items donated were left with the boxes to identify their contents.

The cash donations were used this week to order food from the Caribbean Air Mail, Inc. or C.A.M in the amount of a Money Order from the First Niagara bank for $338.00. This amount covers the cost of food to one organization, two families, a school and the delivery charges. Also included is a $35.00 cash transfer with a fee of $5.00 made out to Fondation Ayizan Velekete to cover transportation cost to deliver the food to Gonaives, the most affected area. This foundation has been in existence for over ten years in Haiti and it is run by a Tufts graduate who is now teaching at one of Haiti's academic institution: Faculte Ethnologie d'Haiti.

Call for Hurricane Relief

To make a donation to the hurricane relief efforts in Haiti, donate to HCDP with the memo line "relief effort".
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Register-Star Article by John Mason

Haitian Community Seeks Help for Battered Homeland

COLUMBIA COUNTY — A group of local Haitian-Americans are working to send help to those affected by flooding in their native country.

Having been battered by Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike, parts of Haiti are a living hell. In the low-lying coastal city of Gonaives, the government has given up trying to count the dead, because the ones who do the counting have all lost their homes.

Goinaives is "the first place of Haitian independence," said Carline Murphy of Niverville, a native of Haiti. "They’re working to preserve historic artifacts in that town."

From a contact in Pennsylvania, Murphy learned that the water is “considered receded” because it’s “up to their hips. Before, it flooded the farms and the houses. The furniture is gone.”

Four out of five homes are damaged; every remaining home is a shelter. Rivers of mud were up to the rooftops. Many bodies are buried in mass graves without coffins. Murphy works with the Haitian Community Development Project. She said it’s a major problem to find food in parts of Haiti.

“If you have money, you can’t buy (food),” she said. “It’s not available for purchase.” However, Murphy found a Brooklyn organization that has warehouses in Haiti. “I called a company yesterday,” she said. “They have a price list: Oil, milk, whatever you need, they have it in their warehouse.”

The cost for delivery within the city is $6; to deliver to the provinces is $12.

"This is the way for immediate relief,” Murphy said. But it’s only available to some: “Unless you have an organization requesting to send food to you, you can’t find it on the market." She said she has collected a few food donations, but they’re in storage because she has nowhere to send them. The person who makes those deliveries said he wouldn’t be able to get through until November.

In the meantime, for immediate relief, Murphy said food would have to be ordered through the transfer service.

“For each family in the city, I can set aside $118,” she said. “I have a list I can send directly to them.”

At this point, Murphy is trying to fill the need out of her own pocket, she said. But she is hoping for donations.

“Once I receive the money, I can order the food myself,” she said.

“We may feel some level of sympathy as we are all humans, or we may empathize as some part of the U.S. itself has experienced similar devastation from Hurricane Gustav and Hanna and ask ‘what can we do?,’ considering our own needs and responsibilities,” Murphy said in a press release. “Although the situation may look overwhelming, a small contribution when it is made from several sources indeed makes a difference.

Haitian Community Development Project has been asked to be part of the relief effort to help the people of Haiti, mostly those from the town of Gonaives, and in turn it is asking you and others in the community to consider making a small contribution toward this effort."

Rock Masters Site on Haiti Relief

Haitians Receive Donated T-Shirts

Donated tee shirts and other items were sent to Haiti and distributed free of charge among local residents. In some other places, things are collected free but sold to the people.

Haitian Community Development Project
PO Box 35 Niverville, NY 12130 * (518)784-4395 *

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