News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, The Haitian Diaspora in the US has begun mobilizing to assist their hurricane-ravaged island of Haiti even as U.N. secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Haiti Mourad Wahba called damages from Hurricane Matthew the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the 2010 earthquake.
The announcement comes as Haiti’s ambassador to D.C. met with Diaspora leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to mobilize relief efforts locally and as the USAID announced an additional $1 million in humanitarian assistance for Haiti for Hurricane Matthew relief.
In New Hampshire, Haitian Diaspora nationals will hold a “Day of Haiti” fundraiser on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its 495 Hall St. Manchester. Donations of money, food, and clothing will be accepted.
In Maryland, Dr. Rodney Charitable, a Haitian-born pastor in Rockville, is mobilizing his congregation to host a fundraiser for Haiti at the Havre de Grace Haitian Seventh-day Adventist Church, 112 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, Maryland.
The event is also set for Sat. Oct. 8, 2016, and organizers will have gospel talent and dramatists from the Washington metropolitan area. All of the proceeds to the Adventist Development Relief Agency(ADRA,) which is already on the ground in Haiti.
And in Miami, Lex Pierre-Louis, founder of Lex Promotions & Marketing Group, and his team have partnered up with the North Miami-based Haitian American Nurses Association to form the Haitian American Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort. The group’s initial goal in the days immediately following the storm is to gather together medical supplies and equipment in order to assist the ailing victims on the island, according to the Miami New Times.
Sandy Dorsainvil, coordinator of the Haitian American Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort, told the paper that six doctors and three nurses from the Haitian American Nurses Association have already been cleared to fly out to the island today as first responders to start aiding victims.
The Haitian Government has appealed for assistance to the international community as more than 300,000 people may need immediate assistance, according to the United Nations.
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