Five Years After the Earthquake In Haiti – Our Work Continues

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Five Years After the Earthquake In Haiti:
Our Work Continues

Greetings!

This week marks the 5 year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. The 7.0 quake affected an estimated 3 million people, killing as many as 300,000 and leaving countless people homeless and thousands of children orphaned.

IFCO was proud to respond to this tragedy by sending a delegation of Latin American School of Medicine graduates to assist in Haiti to serve side by side with Cuban doctors to provide reinforcement to existing Cuban medical teams. The seven-member delegation spent a month in Haiti working to provide desperately needed medical assistance to over 500 patients a day lined up from early morning to late at night.

IFCO also mobilized members of its network to send an entire container filled with medical aid in order to facilitate the doctor’s work.

Quote from Dr. Melissa Barber, a member of the delegation that travelled to Haiti:

“Thinking back to the days of my sitting in that hot auditorium in Cuba for our ‘Disaster and Mitigation’ course, wondering why and how this class was of any use to me, I am now so grateful to my Cuban medical training and this course and realize that nothing was wasted. On the ground in Croix de Bouquets, I was amazed by how this course and the rest of my training in Cuba had completely prepared and equipped me for the task at hand to serve my fellow Haitian brothers and sisters in the midst of the post-earthquake crisis time.”
The Challenges in Haiti Continue…

Five years on, countless families are still living in tent consisting of corrugated tin, cardboard and tarps. Leading Haitian activists living in the US to ask where has the millions of dollars raised from relief gone?

Today, IFCO remains committed to supporting our family in Haiti. Part of our work this year will include assisting children orphaned by the earthquake and helping Haitian and Cuban doctors working to provide care in the most neglected corners of the country.

Your generous donation will help make this work happen!!

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IFCO is honored to partner with several dedicated Haitian organizations here in the US including:

  • Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees – works to respond to the human needs of Haitian refugees and immigrants in the US fleeing persecution. Through education, community organizing, leadership development and collective action, HWHR members empower themselves as they struggle for social and economic justice. Visit their website here.
  • Eritye Papa Desalin (Heirs of Father Dessalines) – a grassroots NY-based Haitian community media organization that seeks to educate the Haitian community about the work and legacy of Jean Jacques Dessalines, the founder of the Haitian nation. EPD also connects members of the Haitian community to social justice movements through alternative news broadcasting, dialogue, and activist initiatives. Contact them here for more information.
  • Kongo – a cultural arts organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Haitian Roots Music, culture and history and believes that the artist’s role is to bring people together to make positive change. Through musical activity, the group teaches youth the importance of achieving goals through collective efforts, and encourages community and social consciousness. Visit their website here.

Here is a powerful video produced by Kongo. It is entitled Nou Pase Ase (Enough is Enough) and chronicles the after effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The music video is directed by Sidney Mehu.

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