On the first anniversary of the Haiti 2010 Earthquake, Aid Still Required is launching our Haiti initiative with #HealingHaiti, a Twitter campaign involving top musicians, athletes, and celebrities in Twitter outreach to their followers, numbering in the millions.
Campaign participants include Paul Pierce, Blake Griffith, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Lamar Odom, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Greg Oden, Pau Gasol, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Maroon 5, Tom Morello, Erykah Badu, Mia Farrow, Lauren Conrad, Maria Bello, Ed Begley, Jr, Stephen Collins, Madeleine Stowe, Paul Haggis, Spike Lee, Hans Zimmer
One year later estimates place rubble removal between 2 to 5 %. A cholera epidemic has broken out with over 3300 lives lost, in addition to the 230,000 lost in the quake. Between 1.3 and 1.5 million Haitians are living in tent camps, prior to the earthquake only 17 percent of Haitians had access to latrine and the situation has not improved. 100 rapes occurring daily. Clean water, sanitation, jobs are needed..empowerment of women is needed…..and education for the children, Haiti’s future, is needed!
Clearly, Aid is Still Required.
Our first two project partners and beneficiaries: St. Damien’s Hospital, the only free pediatric hospital in the capital city, which is also home to The Academy for Peace and Justice, Haiti’s only free middle/high school. Hospital also provides street schools, clean water, food. We Advance, providing medical care in neighborhoods Delmas and Cite de Soleil, the largest slum in the Western Hemisphere, for women who have suffered rape and gender -based violence.