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Haiti Relief Collaboration
Vivant Art Collection
Haitian Professional of Philadelphia
It has been a difficult night. Many of us are in a state of shock or more fittingly in disbelief. As an business that prides itself in keeping the rich culture of Haiti alive in Philadelphia, myself and the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) send our deepest and most sincere condolences to our Haitian family in our area and around the world.
We have secured a private jumbo jet to transport supplies to Haiti which is leaving in the next 24 - 48hours. We are in need of DOCTORS, NURSES and DONATIONS to go to Haiti in order to provide medical care. Vivant & HPP is currently coordinating with The Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia, the Haitian Clergy of Philadelphia, Beyond Boarders, the Mayor's Office, Temple Haitian Student Association, University of Pennsylvania Haitian Student Association, Congressman Brady's office, Philadelphia Young Democrats, political officials and other Haitian organizations in the surrounding area to devise a plan to provide assistance to Haiti. Frequent updates will be made to the site www.hphilly.org and www.vivantartcollection.com/events/ so please check back often. In the meantime, if you wish to provide assistance we urge you to do the following:
· Make a monetary donation to Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia to the Haitian Relief Fund via
paypal. All funds will go towards purchasing of items that must be bought in Haiti to defray
shipping cost as well as medical supplies.
· Purchase or bring cots and tents that will be instrumental in providing temporary shelter to those
who have been displaced.
· Medical supplies such as band aids, alcohol, peroxide, etc.
· Water and non-perishable food items.
· Generators and Industrial supplies for building will be needed for rebuilding.
· Supplies for children such as diapers, baby clothes, wipes and bottles are of great need as well.
· Call elected officials in your area and ask them to partner with HPP.
Current Drop Off Sites
The Office of State Senator Leanna M.Washington
1555-A Wadsworth Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19150
Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust (UPDATED)
5601 Vine Street Unit 9
Philadelphia Pa 19139
Vivant Art Collections (Monetary donations & Medical Supplies Only)
60 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
FUNDRAISER AT VIVANT ART COLLECTION
IN CONJUNCTION WITH HPP, HCP, VIVANT
UNICEF & RED CROSS
MONDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2009
MLK Day of Service
12PM - 8PM
DONATE NOW at hpphilly.org
For further information on how to help, please call Yve-Car Momperousse, Board Chair at 973-280-2307 or Florcy Morisset, Community Development Chair at 310-612-4636. You can also send an email to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Contact: Please call Alain Joinville, Public Relations Chair at 215-287-7373 to coordinate interviews.
Vivant Art Collection
When wild pigs and dogs eat a human corpse, they leave the feet. The photo is too gruesome to print here. The torso and head are missing. The pelvic bone, thighs and legs have been licked clean of all skin and muscle, leaving just bones that, without size perspective, could easily be mistaken for well-devoured chicken wings. Except for the left foot, still intact, and the right foot, still wearing a sock. Local immigration lawyer Tom Griffin took the photograph of the dismembered corpse in 2004 on the road leading out of Cit� Soleil, the Haitian neighborhood sometimes called the "Calcutta of the Caribbean." New victims appeared on that road and many others in the Port-au-Prince slum almost every morning. You can't blame anyone for not wanting to go back there. But the very notion of helping someone avoid returning was enough for Canada to want to imprison a local 65-year-old grandmother for the rest of her life....
So far, HPP’s call for aid has attracted a surge of eager donors, volunteers and NBC 10 cameras. However, local activists fear that public complacency will set in once the enthusiasm wears off.
Jimaní became the back door route in and out of Haiti for thousands of people making their exodus, and thousands of others trying to get in. I was one of those trying to get in with a group from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.