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Haitian Relief Efforts
The 13th District is home to one of the largest
concentration of Haitian Americans in the United States.As you know, a 7.0 magnitude as devastated
the nation of Haiti, created a terrible humanitarian disaster.
Last night I attended a meeting of the Haitian Congress to
Fortify Haiti, a group headed by Lionel-Jean Baptiste, an Evanston
alderman.The Haitian-American Community
discussed the best way to help, and it became clear at the meeting that the
best way to help is to contribute to organizations that have been working in
Haiti for some time and have staff and supply sources in place.
Below you will find links to non-governmental organizations
that are already on the ground in Haiti and have the ability to immediately
deploy additional relief resources.
Finally, if you are looking for information on anyone in
Haiti, the United States Department of State has set up a phone number for
Americans seeking information on family members in Haiti.That number is 1-888-407-4747.Due to heavy call volume, some callers may
receive a recording.
Last night I spoke with Haitian Consul General Lesly Condé
about the crisis.He and his staff are
prepared to help you with any information at www.haitianconsulate.org.
I extend my deepest condolences to those who have had loved
ones affected by the earthquake.With
hundreds of thousands feared dead and many more injured, time is of the essence
in supporting relief efforts.I urge you
to contribute to the worthy organizations listed above and thank you for your