Los Angeles, C.A., January 23, 2010 - HUFH is organizing survivors of the the devastating earthquake in Haiti to assess the needs of their neighborhoods, in particular hard to access areas from Carrefour Hector to Chaloska, so that the right aid is delivered safely and efficiently.
Jimmy Jean-Louis, Actor and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, (“The Haitian” on NBC’s “Heroes”) says, “We are worried that aid will not reach the areas that cannot be accessed by large machinery, not only because of non existing roads but also because of security concerns. Some large relief organizations are reluctant to enter certain areas.”
HUFH an organization made up of Haitian locals, held community meetings and put in place seven teams of seven volunteers each. These teams have begun identifying the victims of their own neighborhoods, from Carrefour Hector to Chaloska. They are evaluating the immediate needs in terms of medical, food, hygiene, as well as the clearing of destroyed houses. The volunteers will wear t-shirts from HUFH therefor will be easily identifiable in the community as aid workers.
“Gaining the trust of the community and sending a message that we are working with them, allows us to deliver aid to the most vulnerable, those who cannot make it to distribution sites,” says Jonas Petit, HUFH’s Director in Haiti.
HUFH working in collaboration with PADF and Organization of American States (OAS) will provide the aid to be distributed into these communities.
Jimmy Jean-Louis urges people to donate, assured that the aid will reach victims in dire need.
Donations can be made by visiting www.hufh.org, www.haitianhero.com or calling the toll free number 1 877 572-4484.
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Haiti and Los Angeles that puts 100 percent of its donations directly into the cause of helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help.
HUFH now launches a special campaign to raise funds for the immediate relief and infrastructural rebuilding efforts that will be necessary in the coming months and years. Jimmy Jean-Louis maintains, "It's not enough to keep band-aiding this - my - poorest of counties every few years in the worst of times. We need to keep a long term focus on the plight of the Haitian people until our goals are accomplished.”
About the OAS
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org
PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries. PADF has worked in Haiti for almost 30 years.
PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.
Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org
Donations are encouraged by calling toll-free (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Text HEAL to 50555 to donate $5.One-hundred percent of donations go to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.