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Announcement :: International : Organizing : Social Welfare
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti Needs Assistance
17 Jan 2010
A group of US-based street medics is organizing an independent, mobile medic team to offer direct mutual aid to survivors of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. This group has the benefit of not being attached to a larger organization or government bureaucracy, which means they can mobilize in communities not currently being reached by relief efforts. Many of these same people were involved in the effective, community-based medical response to Hurricane Katrina, including the Common Ground Clinic.
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti are partnered with Herbs for Orphans (http://herbs4orphans.org/) in the hard-hit Delma 33 area of Port-Au-Prince, Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/) in the Central Plateau, and Common ground Health Clinic (http://www.commongroundclinic.org/) in New Orleans, Louisiana. They may care for sick and wounded, bury bodies, perform acupuncture and holistic medicine, construct shelters, distribute supplies, or perform other tasks as their diverse skills make possible and the situation dictates on the ground.

The first group leaves Tuesday.

WANT TO HELP?
Visit http://groups.google.com/group/mutual-aid-disaster-relief-in-haiti or email mutual-aid-disaster-relief-in-haiti [at] googlegroups [dot] com to join the email list and get minutes from the conference calls.

A dedicated translator who speaks fluent Haitian Creole is still needed.

DONATIONS: We need to raise $10,000 - $15,000 ASAP to pay for transportation and basic expenses of the ten-person team, which will include medical personnel and community organizers as well as a skilled construction worker/mason/mechanic, a cook, security, communication, and translation in an intact, self-sufficient team structure.

The team is funding much of the trip themselves, but any and all donations will help them afford medical & relief supplies and necessities (they must bring all their own food, water, etc). If you haven't yet donated to one of the many orgs doing good work in Haiti, please donate to this group. Please pass on this information to your comrades, relatives, and friends.

Donate here: http://www.herbs4orphans.org/pages/donate.html

NOTE: Herbs for Orphans is a 501c3 sponsoring this group, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti, so that donations are tax-deductible. They have not yet (as of Sun night) updated their website to reflect that the Paypal link goes towards Disaster Relief, but when you click the Paypal button you'll see "Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti" in the Paypal check. An address to send checks will be coming soon.
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Do your homework before giving aid
24 Jan 2010
This comment is not directed at any specific organization. However, I have noticed that some organizations that specifically target narrow slices of Haitian society with political agendas are suddenly exploiting the situation in Haiti by putting up calls for financial aid to help Haiti. Scratch the surface and check out what organizations have done with aid in the past, particularly those with a political bent.

For example, one organization that specializes in doing art projects and reforestation work (both noble goals) suddenly claims to be doing general aid work. Haitians need food, shelter, and medical aid at this moment. Be careful that the aid you give in response to the crisis goes to food, shelter, and medical aid.