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Statement on Supporting Haiti

Dear Arlington friends and neighbors,

The Arlington Human Rights Commission would like to support the people of Haiti who are currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis. On the heels of the assassination of the country’s president, a catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm Grace have both devastated the island, leaving residents to scramble for food, housing, and medical attention.

Please express support to your Haitian friends and neighbors, who may have family and friends affected by these disasters.

The AHRC encourages you to support the following organizations:

  • Phedjina Jean, an Arlington resident and Precinct 9 Town Meeting Member, is working to bring aid to her home village, Anse-a-Veau. She has organized a GoFundMe effort to raise funds, and is organizing a donation drive for supplies.

  • Mission E4, based in Hubbardston, is running an online fundraiser for disaster relief.

  • Mission of Hope International, with a U.S. base in Gardner, is running a fundraiser for earthquake relief.

  • Build Health International, based in Beverly, is also accepting donations for earthquake relief. Those who want to donate can check a box, so the money goes directly to the earthquake efforts.

  • Partners in Health works under the name Zammi Lasante in Haiti, to help mobilize clinical teams to Le Cayes, the earthquake’s epicenter.

  • The Boston Foundation has set up a specific fund for earthquake relief. It also created the Haiti Development Institute in 2010 to make grants to local nonprofits, hold events, and help organizations with training and other needs.

  • Health Equity International, based in Newton, is taking donations specifically for earthquake relief, including surgical and emergency services.

  • Medicines for Humanity, based in Rockland, has established a relief fund to provide supplies to small clinics and rural areas.

  • A GoFundMe has been created to accept financial donations for the Freedom Fighter’s Coalition and Violence in Boston, who have teamed up to collect essential supplies for earthquake victims and ship them to Haiti.

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