United Information Officer Toussaint Congo-Doudou has reported that he has counted over 250 bodies in the morgue in Gonaives, the third largest City in Haiti. Several victims were seen at the roof tops of their houses and waiting to be rescued by local authorities. At this time, approximately 325,000 people in the Artbonite Region are reported homeless.
In the meantime in Washington DC, New York and in MIami, Haitian-Americans are garnering their resources to come to the rescue. In june this year, over two thousands people were reported killed in Mapou and other neighboring towns.
The Lambi fund has launched an initiative for an emergency relief effort for its development programs in Haiti. Donations can be send to Lambi Funds to P.O Box 18955 WAshington DC20036, Contact Karen Ashmore.
The Haitian Task Force Emergency Relief Fund is collecting non-perishable food commodities, fist -aid kits, and donations at different drop-off points in LIttle Haiti, MIami. THe drop-off points are: Saint-Paul Church at 6744 N.E 2 Avenue, Miami; Telephone contact Father FRitz Bazin 305-758-8546; George William Enterprise at 4586 N.E 2 Avenue, MIami, Fl. 33137. Contact George William at 305-576-7768; Haitian Women of MIami at 8320 N.E 2 Avenue, MIami, Fl. 33138. Contact Marleine Bastien at 305-756-8050. City of Miami at 444 SW 2 Avenue Conference Room 5th Floor. In Miami _Dade County, the Regional Libraries are drop-off points for also for those willing to donate commodities. A major airlift to bring medicine and food supplies to affected areas is being orgainized by the Task-Force. This list will be updated on a daily basis as more drop-off points become available. <b>
Cash Donations can be sent to: <b>
HAITIAN RELIEF FUND
C/O Bank OF AMERICA
7900 NE 2 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33138
Account Number: 005487380296 Bank of America
For more information on the relief effort to help victims of Tropical Storm Jeannne, in Haiti, Hurricane FRances in Florida (Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples) contact Jean R. Lafortune at 305-785-4248 or send check or money order to the Haitian Relief Fund Address above.
In New York, similar efforts to assist the victims are taking place via Konbit Gonaivien Relief Fund. This organization has open a relief fund with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. SEnd donation to following account number 032071605465. <B>
The drop-off points in New York are the following: <B>
1653 Pitkin Avenue - Brooklyn New York 11212
3524 Avenue H. - Brooklyn New York 11210
Radio Soley - Nostrand Avenue - Brooklyn New York
For the New York Relief Fund, contact Ivans Morisseau at 917-604-2390. Mr. Morisseau is collecting cash donations and commodities in New York Metropolitan Area.