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October 11th 2106

Dear Friends,
On Tuesday October 4, 2016 Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti's southwestern peninsula and the northwestern coast wreaking havoc on the lives of millions. Your immediate and heartfelt offers of support have been truly humbling. To channel these offers and to provide a coordinated and transparent relief effort, we, elected officials and community leaders, have created the South Florida Haiti Relief Group led by the Office of Miami Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime.
Based upon preliminary assessments, the Group has decided to focus on three areas vital to recovery in the wake of a category 4 storm.  These areas are: health, education and small business recovery (primarily farmers and mom and pop operations).   
The Group has agreed that Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center will serve as fiscal agent to receive donations in a specially designated account for this relief effort.  Sant La is a community-based organization which is trusted for its transparency and accountability.  Hence your donation may be made payable to Sant La for South Florida Haiti Relief Group and mailed to 5000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33137.  For your convenience credit card donations may also be made via PayPal through Sant La's website,  The Mobile Giving option is Text HAITI to 52000.  
Please rest assured that your donation is tax-deductible and will be directed exclusively to relief efforts in Haiti.  Moreover, your donation will be distributed to the most accountable organizations working in the most devastated regions of Haiti.  Additionally, Sant La will provide a full accounting of funds collected and distributed.
I urge you to answer the call in support of Hurricane Matthew relief efforts for Haiti. On behalf of the Group, I thank you for your concerns, your prayers and your financial support.
With Warm Regards, 
Chairman Jean Monestime
For South Florida Haiti Relief Group



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'Catastrophic' earthquake slams Haiti

(Source : CNN) --< A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.

Several eyewitnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, where concrete-block homes line steep hillsides. There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect "serious loss of life," department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.>  Read More

HAERC is already responding to the disaster through close assessment and coordination of needs both on the ground across Haiti and in south Florida.  Senior leadership from HAERC will be traveling to Port au Prince in the morning with a high level delegation from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.  Working with our partners:  Miami Dade County, the City of Miami, hundreds of volunteers and US and Haitian based organizations and Channel 10, HAERC will continue to monitor the situation and provide situational updates.

Register on our site.  Send an email to with details on what your organization can offer and a contact name and number to respond and we will get back to you ASAP.

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Update News from HAERC meeting September 15, 2008


DJ Fabien made an unexpected trip this week to the Town of Cabaret in Haiti
with Calvin Hughes of Channel 10 and other Miamians. Members of HAERC in
attendance were able to view a video of the delivery of food and supplies by
helicopter to 16 local communities. The Miami group also met with the Prime
Minister who gave assurances of her efforts to expedite goods to the needy.
This distribution was a military effort, using the aircraft carrier
KearSarge and helicopters to access the communities that have no road
access. The video caught the devastation from the storm as well as the
immediate need for basic food and medical supplies. Channel 10 will have
ongoing info available on Haiti during the news programs everyday, reporting
on local conditions and local needs. Photos are available upon request.

Congressman Meeks held a press conference expressing his concerns for Haiti
and the importance of TPS status now more than ever.

United Nations is doing its own distribution, through USAID

There are no access roads to Gonaives. Military bridges required.

Tuesday September 16th The County Commissioners will pass a resolution
directing The County Mayor to develop a mechanism for Miami-Dade to provide
humanitarian aid to the countries of the Caribbean. The resolution will be
presented at 11:30 AM, followed by a press conference. Some of HAERC will
be in attendance to support the resolution. The County will collect
donations at police and fire stations. The City of Miami is collecting
donations at sport stadiums and fire and police stations. Emergency
Management will coordinate the pick of for the containers.

The most efficient way to get goods and funds to Haiti at the present time
is through the Consul General Ralph Latortue. He will work with the Prime
Minister, using manifestos to expedite deliveries and avoid customs delays.
The major problem is currently distribution. It is important to work through
the Office of Civil Protection in order to expedite the distribution of
supplies. It is also important to work with establish organizations NGO’s
who are currently active in these communities. There are different NGO’s
that service different parts of the Country.

This effort will need volunteers for deliver in Haiti. Members will be
called up to assist when the containers are filled. For additional info you
can call the office of the Consulat d’Haiti 305 859 2003.

At the present time there is a dire need for medical equipment including
hospital beds, surgery lamps and tables and generators. Another immediate
need is generator operated buzz saws. ($150-$300.) Donations can be made for
these specific items.

Discussion was held on the importance of disaster preparedness for future
storms. Favaca has disaster training in Haiti so that Haitians can be better
prepared to manage future crises.
Businesses and individuals who wish to make financial donations can do so
through The Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Operation Helping Hands and Food
for the Poor. Please request donations go to specific areas. Contributions
are also being taken for Cuba.

6 Cuban doctors will leave for Haiti on the 15th of September. These
doctors were assembled through HELP. American Airlines has provided
transportation for the doctors.

A Pastor from Cabaret gave a first hand report of the devastation to his
Church community. His church building was destroyed. An affiliated
orphanage was ravaged. 8 children died. 63 deaths to date, but many bodies
have not been uncovered in the wreckage. This Pastor’s church in not
affiliated with any major denomination and therefore is not getting
financial support from religious organizations. He came to Miami to seek
funds to save lives. His community is still badly flooded.

There is an immediate need to reach local Haitian radio stations to keep
people updated on the relief efforts. Discussion followed about making
certain that the Haitian radio stations inform its listeners how to send
donations. Updated info is also available through www.Reliefweb, a UN web
site that provides relief effort updates daily.

A conference call was made to Senator Nelson’s office to discuss a hospital
ship being provided. His staff was not aware of the project, but will try
to get info and provide an update to the committee. A staff member confirmed
The Senator’s support for TPS status for Haiti. A discussion followed about
the importance of a moratorium on deportations to Haiti.

Calvin Hughes from Channel 10 called in and provided an updated report. A
major concern for the future of Haiti is food riots since the basic food
needs are not being met. Citizens need vouchers to receive the food and
many people do not qualify.

In order to expedite shipments, remittance fees are being waived, but it is
important to work through the Office of Civil Protection, who reports to the
Prime Minister.

Hopefully by Tuesday HAERC web site will be operational. We intend to use
this web site as an informational vehicle. It will have not-for-profit
status and can take donations through Pay Pal. The Board of Directors will
hold a press conference to bring this to the attention of the local

One of our members, World Vision is offering to match donations 3/1. For
every dollar of donation, the organization will send 3 dollars to Haiti.
There is a dire need for hygiene kits and kitchen kits. The organization
will match 9 kits for every one kit contributed. World vision web site
provides the areas in Haiti that are serviced by the organization.

Another HAERC member, Colonial Bank contributed $1000 to Haitian relief.

A committee was organized to seek contribution from businesses in our
community. Anyone interested in joining this committee, please contact Marj
Weber, 305 573 9294. The following individuals have
volunteered to assist with this project –Sharie Blanton, Josephine Legro,
Hans Mardy, Marc Bayard, Carolyn Rose-Avila, and Marj Weber.
The next meeting of HAERC will be held next Monday, at 1PM in the 6th Floor
conference room of the Stephen P. Clark Bu



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