As the media has reported, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries, on January 12.
ACCESS has yet to receive an update on the status of Phanuel, the Haitian student we are sponsoring to attend Univerity of Notre Dame. As stated in the media, contact to Haiti has been extremely limited and in many cases completely unavailable. When an update is received, it will be posted on the Phanuel webpage, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.
This is the worst earthquake Haiti has experienced in 200 years. The full effects of the devastation are unclear at this time, but millions have been affected due to collapse of schools and hospitals. Those affected in Haiti require all forms of support.
Contributing to Relief Efforts
The primary focus of ACCESS remains education, and with your donation will be able to work with individuals and organizations in Haiti to provide assistance to the students and youth affected. This includes aid to a now devastated boys community home in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti is currently a country where around 75% of the population "lives on less than $2 per day, and 56% – four and a half million people – live on less than $1 per day". The people of Haiti need our support now, more than ever.
Canada and Haiti
Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada who is of Haitian decent, has stated:
"This natural disaster has hit a country with an extremely fragile infrastructure, where many buildings are already unstable, and where living conditions are often very difficult. I fear for its people.I would like all Haitians to know that they are not alone and that the people of Canada will respond to this emergency."
ACCESS would like to extend our wishes to all of those affected in Haiti and their loved ones.
Resources on the Earthquake in Haiti
If you have any questions regarding your donation, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources on the situation in Haiti are available below:
ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. is a youth-run organization aiming to provide needy children in the developing world with school uniforms and necessary school supplies, enabling them with the opportunity to obtain an education for a successful life. ACCESS also aims to educate North American youth about related world issues, and to inspire them to make a difference globally. For more information and resources, please visit www.accesscharity.ca.