January 16, 2010

Cappy And VHP Speak About Haiti

In an all-campus email sent a day after the disastrous earthquake hit Haiti, Cappy urges members of the Vassar community to contribute to relief organizations. She calls Vassar's connections to Haiti "numerous, deep and personal," mainly because of the Vassar Haiti Project.

Here are the relief organizations that she recommends:
-Partners in Health Haiti Earthquake Fund - PIH.org
-Unicef Haiti Earthquake Fund - unicefusa.org
-Red Cross International Response Fund - redcross.org - you must earmark specifically for Haiti, but texting “Haiti” to 90999 for $10 donations charged to your phone bill is direct
-Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean's organization) - yele.org or by texting "YELE" to 501501 for a $5 donation

Update: The Vassar Haiti Project has updated its website with a message about the earthquake. Our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers are with our friends and partners in Haiti. "The artists, artisans, and galleries we work with are all located in or near Port-au-Prince," the message states. "We fear that many of them have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and perhaps worse."

"We are planning to establish a fund that will help displaced artists, artisans and their families," the Project's blog states. There will also be "dry goods" donation boxes placed in dorms.

Photo via New York Times.
1.16.10 5:28am

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