Before earthquake, I remember a beautiful Haiti
Fortunately, Concern CEO Tom Arnold and Concern Worldwide U.S. Operations Director Dominic MacSorley are on the ground in Haiti. Clearly, Concern has a dedicated team who are working around the clock doing all possible for the Haitian people.
If any good can come out of this situation, perhaps it is the fact that Haiti has been highlighted from a global standpoint where the need to recover is in the forefront. Though much damage and loss of life has tragically occurred, maybe worldwide exposure is what Haiti needs in order to rebuild, along with ongoing assistance from the U.S. and other nations, including humanitarian efforts by individuals who care.
Despite the tough economic times in the United States, Ireland and globally, people from all walks of life still want to help Haiti in ways big and small.
President Obama has demonstrated his leadership by entrusting former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead the relief effort for Haiti. That said, we have to do our part as well.
We’ve all seen the news reports on television and on the Internet bringing us graphic coverage of a country in ruins. This is a headline that cannot disappear.
Concern Worldwide desperately needs your financial support to continue providing aid to the people of Haiti. An emergency appeal has been launched in an effort to raise $7.5 million in order to fill a charter relief flight with vital supplies, such as of Plumpy’nut (an edible high protein peanut based paste), bladder tanks, plastic sheeting, jerry cans (fuel and water containers), and other vital life saving supplies.
While good intentions and prayers are important too and, no doubt, go a long way, the destruction in Haiti is of epic proportion, so please do what you can for those who are less fortunate. Even a small donation can help in big ways.
For example, $3.25 for a supply of Plumpy’nut would help keep a child alive. Or, if you’d like to donate your time to Concern Worldwide on a fundraising effort, event, or even in the U.S. headquarters in Manhattan, please call.
As Father Aengus often said, “The support of our regular donors and supporters are the bread and butter of our organization.” May his legacy and the work of Concern Worldwide continue.
Right now the people of Haiti truly need our assistance and the Irish charity Concern is on the front lines ready and willing to help. “Mèsi anpil”…Haitian Creole for “Thank you very much.”
Concern Worldwide U.S. is located at 104 East 40th Street in New York. Call 212-557-8000 or 1-800-59-CONCERN. Also visit www.concernusa.org/HaitiAppeal.