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Haiti relief moves many to give

January 25, 2010

As we did after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, your Community Foundation is assisting charitable people who want to support the needs of the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake. It’s so hard to figure out the best way to help, but we trust agencies that have experience in working in countries like Haiti.

Partners in Health is one such organization, with co-founder Paul Farmer also currently serving as deputy to Bill Clinton, United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti. In a recent commentary in the Miami Herald, he shared his thoughts about ways to help Haiti “build back better.”

He was already involved in that work with President Clinton, as part of efforts to rebuild from storms that battered Haiti in 2008. And then the earthquake happened.

He observed the calm of always-busy Port-au-Prince in the first days after the earthquake, a calm that he expects to continue “as long as people are offered dignity and respect and the necessities of daily survival: food, water, sanitation and shelter.”

Click here to see his full comments or go to the Partners In Health website to learn more.

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