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Thank you in advance for your continued support and prayers and I hope this brief note finds you and yours in the best of health and spirits. The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are planning a December Haitian Relief Mission and the dates have been finalized as November 30, 2010 to December 7, 2010! We will again be working with Arch Bishop Joel Jeune, one of the most powerful men in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, and the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake.
As you know, the Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.
We will be working and living (in guest houses) on site, providing OBGYN care, possibly primary care (depending on staffing), health education and social support including mental health counseling. Our focus for OBGYN will be developing an ongoing clinic as there is a great need for prenatal services.
The following supplies are urgently needed for the Mission:
1. Portable Ultrasound Machine
2. Fetal Monitor
3. Laboratory Testing Equipment
a) Urinalysis kits
b) Glucometers with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs
4. Fetoscopes (50)
5. Medicines: antibioticsanti-diabetics, antihypertensives, hormonal, prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, anesthetics, Insulin,
6. Condoms, contraceptive hormones, IUD
7. Blood pressure cuffs (100)
8. Patient gowns (1,000)
9. Gynecololgy Equipment
a) Speculums (100), assorted sizes
10. Laboratory Equipment: urinalysis, Glucometer (with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs), Hemaglobin/hematocrit, hemocult slides
11. Birth Control Supplies and Medicines: condoms, BCP, IUD, etc.
12. Biopsy equiptment: cervical biopsy, breast biopsy, etc.
13. Colposcopy, cryotherapy, LEEP machine
Also, we are looking for providers who are interested in teaching as this was an urgent request from our hosts but this is dependent on us hiring translators. As such we are looking for Kreyol-speaking nurses and providers to assist us. Currently there is an RN from New York City who is willing to attend however she is in need of financial assistance. This particular RN worked with us on previous mission and her help was invaluable. If you or anyone in your organization can fund her trip costs that would be fantastic.
Other services are dependent on getting sufficient volunteers. So spread the word, this mission is open to all volunteers but our capacity is limited and preference will be given to early responders. If they have not participated on one of our previous missions then they should send their CV and the completed Volunteer Waiver forms as soon as possible. The forms are available upon request.
” The Man Who Turn$ Hit$ Into Million$”
On June 22, 2009 Abdul-Jalil sent a Tweet to Wyclef Jean informing him about the launch of Black Television News Channel, the only Afro-American 24/7 cable news network in late 2010 or early 2011and asked if he would like to attend the grand opening. Wyclef responded “I’m there!”. The tweet was as follows:
ajalil “@wyclef 2 launch Black Television News Channel(BTNC) only Afro-American 24/7 cable news network n 2010. Join us http://www.btnc.tv/”
After the Haiti earthquake, on January 13, 2010 Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation announced via Twitter to Wyclef that we would partner with Stepping Together, the Surgery Planet, and others to provide resources for vehicles, manpower, supplies, donations, information, education, etc.
The tweet was as follows:
ajalil “@ wyclef AMWFTrust.org partnering w/Stepping Together, Surgery Planet as resource 4 vehicle, manpower, supplies, donations, info, edu, etc
3:44 PM Jan 13th via TweetDeck”
Later on January 13, 2010 Abdul-Jalil sent a Tweet to Wyclef asking for followers to donate to Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Fund.
The tweet was as follows:
ajalil “Help Haiti survivors donate @wyclef online http://tinyurl.com/mmpyxr ..All $ go 2 Earthquake Relief Fund @yelehaiti http://bit.ly/7OOdBI
4:22 PM Jan 13th via TweetDeck”
After January 20, 2010, in less than a week, we joined more than 136,000 ONE members around the world that took action to call for $1 billion in debt relief for Haiti. It soon became time to go more in-depth—on the crisis, the rebuilding, and the long-term development solutions.
We participated in an interactive conference call on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 PM (EST) to talk about Haiti and what we can do. On the call was Rep. Maxine Waters, a debt relief champion and driving force for legislative solutions; former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist, a trained surgeon just returned from operating in a Haitian field hospital; Dr. Joia Mukherjee, medical director for Partners in Health, who is in Haiti right now; and David Meltzer, senior vice president for International Services for the American Red Cross, also just back from Haiti.
Everyone could RSVP with their phone number and ONE called you Tuesday at 8:00 PM—no phone number to remember!
WHO: You, lots of other ONE members, Rep. Maxine Waters, former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist, Dr. Joia Mukherjee from Partners in Health, David Meltzer from the Red Cross, and ONE’s President David Lane
WHAT: An interactive conference call on Haiti: Crisis, Rebuilding, and Debt Cancellation
WHEN: Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 PM (EST)
The massive response to our “Drop Haiti’s Debt” campaign is already having an impact, with movement from both the IMF and World Bank to find ways to cancel Haiti’s debts. Efforts in both the House of Representatives and Senate to tackle this issue are promising, as well. But we need to keep the pressure up, and learn more about how we can help the Haitian people during this time of crisis and beyond.
Space was limited, but many did RSVP for this special call at:
On the call, experts and observers shared their responses to the aftermath of last week’s earthquake. They also took questions, discuss the latest news on the “Drop Haiti’s Debt” campaign, and talked about the broader development picture and what more we can do to help the Haitian people rebuild and advance in the long-term.
It couldn’t have been easier to participate in the call—you didn’t even have to remember to dial in. RSVP and they called you on Tuesday night:
In the wake of devastation comes the opportunity to rebuild, develop and strengthen. We didn’t miss our opportunity to learn the facts, help plan the future, and hear first-hand accounts of what’s going on in Haiti. We moved on that opportunity to serve those in need most!
On July 17, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and the Honorable Johnny Ford, former Mayor for 24 years and member of the State House of Representatives of Tuskegee, Alabama who is the Founder, Secretary General of the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) regarding our working on behalf of the WCM and NCBM to
aid the people of Haiti.
The World Conference of Mayors has over 18,000 mayors abroad, establishing partnerships with mayoral associations, presidents and heads of state in Africa, Colombia, China, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Martinique and the Bahamas. The National Conference of Black Mayors assists more than 650 African American Mayors across the United States and the 48 million citizens that they collectively represent. The WCM has established the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund and been awarded Private Volunteer Organization (PVO) status and can now provide USAID assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, and here in the United States with their own HIV/AIDS Initiative. They also have an affiliation with the National Medical Association and partnered with the Mars Corporation to donate a shipment of Uncle Ben’s Rice to Haitian member mayors’ communities, which in turn fed over 300,000 people in Haiti.
On July 21, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and Arch Bishop Jeune, the most powerful man in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, not one of the many alleged corrupt politicians there, regarding his prayer for a miracle to aid the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake. Just three days later, Dr. Kenya Numan and her organization “Stepping Together” was with her crew on the ground in Haiti July 24, 2010 communicating with the Arch Bishop and at the Village by July 26, 2010!
The Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound
is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.
On August 12, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received a letter of “Thanks” from the Honorable Johnny Ford acknowledging an eternal debt of gratitude to the Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation and Stepping Together for the incredible and expedient work of arranging the Haitian relief effort with Dr. Kenya Numan to Grace Village with the Herculean effort to rearrange the logistics to reroute the mission to the Village for people in such great need! This was a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. You can view and/or download that letter here.
Dr. Kenya Numan gave her assessment of the Haitian Relief Effort to Grace Village as follows:
I want to let you know that I have returned from Haiti. While there I had a very good meeting at Grace International Ministries with Archbishop Jeune et al; this included a tour of their facilities. They are doing great work for the Haitian people and we would like to support them in an ongoing basis.
On August 25, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received the letter shown below of “Thanks” from Arch Bishop
Joel Jeune of Grace Village in Haiti for the Relief Mission they received from the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together on behalf of The World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM). This is a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. Let us get that membership list updated and dispatch the letter to them all to use as a tool for their own marketing, promotional and fundraising efforts.
We are now moving forward in a meaningful way to secure financial, subsistence, construction and medical aid and support for the next mission which will take place as soon as we can unite to raise the necessary items just mentioned. If we can tap into the resources of the USAIDS and the National Medical Association we can make great progress in securing bi-weekly missions to various needed areas around the World! Let us move forward!
We are committed and prepared to work with the WCM and NCBM organizations to raise funds, provide support and organize continued relief efforts for financial donations, to deliver much needed medical support and supplies; food; clothing; educational materials; construction support and building materials; much needed personal items; and legal assistance for displaced children from orphanages that were given transportation and temporary housing in the United States with other families, churches, and organizations until homes have been rebuilt to house them. Where most relief efforts are limited, if not stopped altogether by current travel restrictions in, within, and out of Haiti, The World Conference of Mayors has some political cache that it can exercise to further achieve our united goals globally. This could be the first step toward fulfilling several of our conversations of our organization providing relief support to your efforts globally.
Additionally, in relations to our working together on relief missions here in America and globally,
Abdul-Jalil is exploring the possibility of a telethon, perhaps with J. C. Watts Black Television News Channel (BTNC). To that end the WCM is prepared to provide it’s full support to your and our joint efforts to overcome the continual need for financial assistance to achieve our goals. These fundraising efforts include the proposed telethon as a measure to not only raise funds but to raise awareness for the causes as well. Now let us move forward with these joint and several fundraising efforts with a goal of working together on projects of mutual interest and support in a spirit of oneness.
Again, there is much work to do and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are committed and prepared to work with you and your organizations to raise funds and organize continued relief efforts to provide assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, the Caribbean and South/Central America.
Thank you all again for allowing us to helping your efforts in Haiti and I look forward to many more successful efforts globally!
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Haiti faced a natural disaster of unprecedented p
roportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.
I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.
President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.“
Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things:
Either you can use your cell phone to text ”Yele“ to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can click here to DONATE.
Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief.
Yéle Haiti is a foundation started by Grammy-Award winning musician, producer and social entrepreneur, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean in 2005 that is changing lives in this desperately poor but optimistic nation.
Through Yéle Haiti, Wyclef uses music, sports and the media to reinforce projects that are making a difference in education, health, environment and community development. In practical terms this translates to over 3,000 new jobs, close to 7,000 children being put in school, more than 8,000 people a month receiving food and approximately 2,000 young people a month learning about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Among the many who have responded to Wyclef’s invitation to help are thousands of individuals like you, celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, as well as NGOs, world leaders and corporations.
With little state support for education, Yéle Haiti has created a range of programs to improve the quality of education and ensure more children from poor and disadvantaged families can attend school.
• Primary School Scholarships: sponsoring the education of 4,500 children throughout Haiti.
• University Scholarships: sponsoring 12 top ranking students in Haitian universities.
• Boy’s Rehabilitation Center: giving imprisoned child gang members a second chance.
• Yéle Cuisine: employing women to cater meals for children in six schools without kitchens.
• School Feeding: dry food distribution to around 7,000 families of children in targeted schools.
With almost no public or school funding for organized sports, Yéle Haiti supports a soccer program for at-risk youth and a range of sports events for youth.
• L’Athletique d’Haiti: supporting a soccer and tutoring program for 650 youth from the slums.
• Sports Events: sponsoring tournaments, clinics and sports equipment for young players.
With high levels of illiteracy, Yéle Haiti uses music and entertainment to inform the public about development and social issues, while at the same time providing training to at-risk youth. Celebrities are enlisted to help raise the country’s international profile.
• Music Studio: providing jobs and vocational training in a new state-of-the-art facility being built in Cité Soleil.
• National Youth Orchestra: classical orchestral training and performance for at-risk youth.
• Art School: support for an art school in Jakmel, including commissioning students for design work abroad.
• Remember Haiti: scanning and making available rare historic books about Haiti’s founding.
• Spotlight Haiti: engaging celebrities to help raise Haiti’s international profile.
• Yéle Cinema: free outdoor projection of Creole-dubbed films in slums without electricity.
With less than two percent tree cover left nationwide, Yéle Haiti is responding with a new community-based tree planting, environmental education and social marketing initiative along with ongoing support for an environmental education initiative.
• Yéle Vert: community-based agroforestry, environmental education and social marketing that is in development in Gonaives.
• Ecole Verte: environmental education camping trips and tree planting for youth.
With little support available for vulnerable families, Yéle Haiti distributes food to those in need throughout the slums of Port-au-Prince and mobilizes emergency relief in response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
• Food Distribution: assisting the World Food Programme in distributing rice, beans and oil to families in the slums of Port-au-Prince.
• Emergency Relief: mobilizing relief following natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
• Yéle Student Outreach: college and university students rallying in support of Haiti.
• Help Haiti: Canadian students giving 25¢ each to sponsor scholarships for Haitian students.
(CNN) — In 2005, Haitian-born and Brooklyn-raised musician Wyclef Jean created the grassroots charity organization Yéle Haiti. The former member of the Grammy-winning group The Fugees coined the term Yéle in a song and imbued it with the meaning, ”a cry for freedom.“
The purpose of the organization has been, from its inception, to restore pride and hope to the Haitian people through projects that will allow citizens to ultimately help themselves, such as the creation of scholarships, support for the arts, food distribution and emergency relief.
”I see old women with large bags of rice on their heads and men on street corners selling sugarcane and mangos, all just trying to survive with a strong sense of pride,“ Jean said in a statement on the group’s Web site. ”Walking past a church in my village, I hear the congregation singing an appeal to God to hear their cries and grant deliverance to Haiti. Through experiences like this, I sense where my mother and my father got their strength. Now the whole country needs to reach deep into the spirit and strength that is part of our heritage.
“The objective of Yéle Haiti is to restore pride and a reason to hope, and for the whole country to regain the deep spirit and force that is part of our heritage.”
Within two hours of Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake, Jean and Yéle mobilized on social networking sites to raise funds for disaster relief. Jean is encouraging people to text “Yéle” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund, or to visit http://www.yele.org/.
“I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now,” Jean said in a statement Tuesday night.
In its first year, the organization, which Jean created in collaboration with his cousin, music producer Jerry Duplessis, provided scholarships to more than 3,600 children.
In 2007 Jean testified before the House of Representatives urging the U.S. government to earmark more funds for education in Haiti and to encourage the U.S. private sector to enter the Haitian market in order to create jobs for the Haitian people. Jean also stressed the important of the arts in Haiti.
The group has used local musicians to deliver food into slum neighborhoods where no other organizations are able to go. They have held annual hip-hop competitions where underprivileged youth are invited to write raps on social issues. A project called Yéle Cinema shows free Creole-dubbed films in slum neighborhoods, interspersed with short messages about social and development themes.
Jean hasn’t been shy about using his celebrity status to advance the aims of Yéle Haiti. Following the devastation of several consecutive tropical storms in September 2008, Jean brought actor Matt Damon to the island. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have traveled with Jean several times, most notably in 2006 when Jolie was pregnant with their first child. Last March the musician brought United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Clinton to tour the region.
“I was honored to show my support when they asked me to join them on this important humanitarian trip which also gave them the opportunity to experience the beauty underneath the devastation my country and its people have had to face. It’s crucial for me to do all I can to raise awareness and help Haiti get through this tough time,” Jean said in a statement.
While in Haiti the group visited a Yéle sponsored feeding program and met with President René Preval and senior government officials.
In May 2008, Jean and Yéle Haiti partnered with the United Nations World Food Program and the Pan American Development Foundation to create “Together for Haiti,” a program that specifically provides resources for targeted food distribution, employment creation, micro-enterprise grants and farm training.
“The food crisis we’ve seen develop in Haiti over the last 60 days is more serious than any emergency I’ve seen over my years of work with the country,” Jean said in a statement. “Even where food is available, the citizens of Haiti do not have the resources to buy it — and we must take immediate action. I’m confident that through the commitment of these three powerful organizations, ‘Together for Haiti’ will rise to meet this urgent challenge and provide direct relief to the people.”