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LDS Church Provides Relief Effort in Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The devastating earthquake in Haiti has shattered millions of lives, but the relief efforts and outpouring of support by organizations and individuals worldwide offer hope. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working diligently since the disaster to provide aid to the people of Haiti through its humanitarian aid program. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of relief supplies have arrived already, and more are being shipped.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing Christian faiths in the world, with over 13 million members world-wide. As committed Christians with strong traditional values, the Church actively participates in humanitarian efforts, from small-scale local projects in hospitals, schools and communities, to large-scale emergency relief efforts such as the recent Haiti earthquake.

In the Caribbean islands, there are more than 150,000 members of the LDS Church, in 369 congregations. Over 15,000 of these members live in Haiti, half of these calling Port-au-Prince home.

“Our hearts ache for the people of Haiti and our prayers are with them as we witness the unimaginable suffering they are experiencing,” said Bishop H. David Burton, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who oversees the Church’s humanitarian program. “We are grateful for the many generous donations that enable the Church to provide extensive relief in Haiti, as well as other parts of the world.”

Relief Supplies Provided by the Church
Five air shipments of aid provided by the Church have arrived and are being used in Haiti. They include food, medical supplies, communications equipment, tents, tarps, water filtration bottles, blankets, newborn kits, wheelchairs, first aid kits, portable toilets and other items. Those five flights include a total of nearly 375,000 pounds of relief supplies. Partners United Airlines, Islamic Relief USA, Airline Ambassadors and UPS have worked with the Church to provide transport for these shipments.

Additionally, four truckloads of relief supplies have arrived in Haiti with supplies the Church procured in the Dominican Republic. On the ground in Haiti, the Church is working with partners Food for the Poor and CARE to distribute supplies.

Local Church leaders closest to the situation provide the direction for what supplies are most needed for people in their areas. Future shipments will continue to bring those relief supplies.

“Normal daily activity has come to a stop in Haiti. Helping to restore normalcy in the midst of devastation will be our greatest goal. Our focus will be on helping people become self-reliant again,” said Elder Francisco J. Viñas, the LDS Church area president who oversees the Church in Haiti.

Medical Relief
A team of five medical personnel coordinated by the Church arrived on Friday, 15 January, from the Dominican Republic to assist the injured. Another team of 16 medical professionals from the United States arrived on 18 January and provided emergency care for those needing medical attention. A revolving core team of doctors from the Church remains in Haiti providing general health care, follow-up care for injuries, as well as for sickness and communicable disease common after disasters.

Church Meetinghouses as Shelters
All of the Church’s meetinghouses in Haiti have been left largely undamaged. Local Church leaders report that nine chapels in Haiti have been used to shelter as many as 5,000 people in local communities where the chapels are located. Several truckloads of food and other relief supplies have been shipped to the chapels, and doctors sent by the Church have provided treatment to injured and sick individuals who are taking shelter there.

Generosity of Members and Friends of the Church
In the first few days after the earthquake the LDS Church received donations in the millions of US dollars from concerned members of the community, specifically for aid in Haiti. Church members in the Caribbean Area have been invited to dedicate their February monthly fast offering to the Haiti relief effort. When fasting, members traditionally donate the money they save by not eating two meals to the church for providing financial help to those in need; those who can donate more are encouraged to do so.

An official statement from the Church on January 22, 2010 also addressed the emotional trauma the Haitian people are experiencing in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

“Money is not the only need in Haiti,” the statement explains. “People are frightened, bewildered, and wholly uncertain about their future. In addition to what people can do in helping with food, water and shelter, there needs to be a calming influence over that troubled nation. We invite people everywhere to supplicate God for a spirit of calm and peace among the people.”

Donations for relief efforts can be made at http://give.lds.org/emergencyresponse.

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Sea Box, Inc. Sends Relief Container to Haiti – Including ShelterPak for Converting Container to Housing

PHILADELPHIA and EAST RIVERTON, N.J., Feb. 1  /PRNewswire/ — Sea Box, Inc., an ISO-certified shipping container manufacturing and modification company (www.seabox.com) is sending a container filled with relief supplies – including their ShelterPak for converting the container box into habitable housing – to Haiti. The aid was prompted by a company engineer, Werner Guerrier, a Haitian native with a large extended family in Carrefour, Port au Prince, Haiti who lost his sister and nephew in the earthquake. 

In an effort to support their co-worker and other survivors of the earthquake, Sea Box employees have donated food, water and clothing and the owners of Sea Box have donated a 20 foot shipping container (and shipping) – complete with a ShelterPAK module already installed. 

Sea Box created the “ShelterPAK” six years ago in response to demand for easily installed basic housing units for disaster areas.  Designed to fit into a standard 20 foot shipping container, when installed, it turns a basic shipping container into a livable shelter.  

The Sea Box container with ShelterPAK is destined for Carrefour, Mr. Guerrier’s hometown where the food, water and clothing will be distributed to JEBCA D’HAITI, an organization of the church M.E.B.S.H. de Cote-Plage, directed by Pastor Rev. Samson Dorilas.  Sadly, 39 members of this church lost their lives, and many more lost their houses. JEBCA D’HAITI will be in charge of the distribution of all the items donated and intend to use the shelter as a medical treatment center.

“Sea Box has the ability to deliver 5,000 ShelterPAKs per week to Haiti where these kits can be easily inserted into the empty shipping containers currently sitting at the Port in Haiti. In the next six months aid to Haiti will be sent in an estimated 100,000 of the standard 20-foot cargo containers. Once unloaded, these same containers could serve as life-saving shelters with the installation of a ShelterPAK,” said Jim Brennan, Jr., President of Sea Box, Inc. “We at Sea Box thought the best way we could help Haiti – and our colleague – is to provide both supplies and the product and services we are best at – the efficient and economical use of containers. Our ShelterPAK makes the container itself useful once the supplies are distributed.”

Cargo containers have been used in other countries for emergency shelters. ShelterPAKs meet earthquake zone specifications and exceed the structural codes.  They are sturdy, safe and economical (estimated $4,000 per ShelterPAK, installed) on a permanent site.  They allow families to be back on their own land quickly and these families can also reconstruct their houses around the container making it a permanent emergency shelter at the core of their homes.

About Sea Box, Inc. (www.seabox.com)
Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia (East Riverton NJ), with offices in Charleston, SC, Qingdao, China and Fyshwick, Australia, Sea Box was established in 1983 by current President Jim Brennan Jr. The company specializes in new design, modification and manufacture of ISO quality-certified containers for commercial and military applications such as personnel shelters, power generating stations, large computer data centers, interim housing units, mobile latrine-toilet-shower shelters, Coast Guard approved berthing vans and portable laboratories.

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Chevron Makes Major Donation to Haiti Relief

PADF-OAS-HUFH relief efforts get a major financial boost

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Chevron has donated $450,000 to the Pan American Development Foundation’s Haiti disaster relief and recovery effort, a major contribution that will have a significant impact on the nonprofit’s in-country work. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

“Chevron is a shining example of corporate leadership during natural disasters and humanitarian crises,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s Executive Director “Chevron’s generous contribution to our work in Haiti ensures that we can benefit even more people in some of the mostly heavily damaged areas.”

PADF — an independent nonprofit that also acts as the natural disaster arm of Organization of American States (OAS) — is collaborating with Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and other organizations to provide immediate relief and to contribute to the country’s reconstruction.

“PADF has always taken a long-term approach to helping Haiti. We were there for them before and we are proud to be able to respond to the call for support again in providing immediate relief and assistance,” says Mauricio Nicholls, general manager, retail and commercial and industrial, Caribbean, Central America and Andean regions for Chevron Products Company.

Chevron is also matching its USA employee contributions to PADF-OAS-HUFH and encouraging employees around the globe to contribute to the earthquake relief efforts. Employees are donating online at www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Chevron’s contribution to PADF is part of a $1.2 million donation to several aid organizations working in Haiti.

In addition to Haiti, Chevron has been involved in PADF’s relief efforts in Guatemala, El Salvador, Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru and elsewhere. It is a founding member of PADF’s Disaster Management and Emergency Response Program, which was created to channel corporate contributions to relief efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Individual and corporate donations to the Haiti relief efforts are encouraged by calling toll-free (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Text HEAL to 50555 to donate $5. One-hundred percent of donations go to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

About Chevron
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About the OAS
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org

About HUFH
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that is lead by Jimmy Jean-Louis, the actor who plays the “Haitian” on NBC’s “Heroes.” www.hufh.org and www.HaitianHero.com

About PADF
PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org

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OneBeacon Community Donates $71,000 to Support Haitian Relief Efforts

CANTON, Mass., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In recognition of the continued need for aid in Haiti, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has announced a donation of $48,000 allocated to five nonprofit organizations assisting in the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts– the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Partners in Health and UNICEF.

The contribution consists of a $5,000 donation to each organization as well as a dollar-for-dollar match of the $23,000 donated by OneBeacon employees, its Hagerty Insurance partners and White Mountains Insurance Group staff. In total, the OneBeacon community will donate $71,000, with almost $30,000 going to the American Red Cross.

Carmen Duarte, a member of the OneBeacon Charitable Trust Committee said, “Addressing the devastating loss and continued suffering in Haiti is clearly a global collaboration. The OneBeacon community deeply admires the relentless efforts demonstrated by these five organizations. We are pleased to be in a position to assist them and Haiti during this most challenging recovery effort.”

The OneBeacon Charitable Trust is a tax-exempt private foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code managed by employees of OneBeacon Insurance Company. As one of the oldest property and casualty insurers in the United States, OneBeacon traces its roots to 1831 and the Potomac Fire Insurance Company. Today, OneBeacon’s specialty insurance businesses are national in scope while its personal lines business is concentrated in the Northeastern United States. OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda-domiciled holding company that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OB”.

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Peter Lik Donates Photograph Proceeds to Humanitarian Aid Organization Concern Worldwide

Master of Photography’s Limited Edition “Tree of Life” to Benefit Haiti Relief Efforts

 

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Highly acclaimed Master Photographer Peter Lik today announced his support of Concern Worldwide’s ongoing Haiti relief efforts.  All Peter Lik Galleries globally will donate a portion of February sales from Lik’s first 2010 major release, “Tree of Life” to Concern, an international humanitarian aid organization dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty in 28 of the world’s poorest countries.  The limited edition unveiling will take place simultaneously at Peter Lik Galleries worldwide on February 12, 2010.  The New York unveiling will be held at Peter Lik’s SoHo Gallery at 419 West Broadway in New York City from 7-10PM.  Those interested in attending can RSVP by emailing customerservice@peterlik.com

 

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on January 12, has affected as many as 3.5 million people.  Concern’s long-standing presence in Haiti (16 years) allowed it to immediately launch a full scale response in St. Martin and Martissant, distributing water, food and medicine to survivors.  The partnership between Peter Lik and Concern offers collectors an opportunity to acquire fine art while simultaneously helping the country in this time of great need. 

 

“We are proud to support Concern Worldwide in its ongoing efforts in Haiti,” said Peter Lik New York Directors Laura Smith and Allison Reilly. In his own words Lik describes The “Tree of Life” as “symbolizing the idea that all life on earth is interconnected and serves as a testament to the enduring human spirit. Concern’s work in international humanitarian aid epitomizes this philosophy.”  

 

Peter is especially proud to have this photograph benefit the recovery process in Haiti.  Lik, a native Australian, is considered to be the leading landscape photographer alive today, capturing audiences around the globe with his large-scale panoramic photographs. In his unending quest for the perfect shot, he travels the globe to places that few humans have seen, driven by a vigorous determination to capture the extraordinary beauty of nature.

 

“We are honored that Peter Lik has recognized our efforts in Haiti and extremely grateful for this extraordinary show of support,” said Siobhan Walsh, Executive Director, Concern Worldwide US. “The proceeds raised will help Concern meet the basic survival needs of Haiti’s earthquake victims, including the most vulnerable mothers and children, and will also help us launch long-term efforts to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure.”

 

Proceeds donated from sales of the “Tree of Life” will begin January 29th and extend through February 2010.  For more information on either organization please visit the Peter Lik website at www.peterlik.com or Concern Worldwide US at www.concernusa.org.  

 

About Peter Lik

 

Long celebrated for his vast panoramic landscape photographs, which capture the brilliant colors and spiritual terrain in nature, Peter Lik has received the highest award, given by his peers, the Master of Photography. He is driven by an extraordinary passion that few men possess. Peter opened his first gallery in his hometown in Cairns, Australia, and now has fourteen galleries in the US and Australia showcasing his Limited Edition photographs.

 

About Concern Worldwide

 

Concern Worldwide is committed to the elimination of extreme poverty and the reduction of suffering in the world’s poorest countries. The organization focuses on emergency relief and long-term development programs in the areas of health, HIV and AIDS, education and livelihoods.

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International Breast Milk Project Delivers Donor Breast Milk to Orphaned and Sick Babies in Haiti

Quick International Courier donates its services for fast delivery

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, International Breast Milk Project (IBMP) and Quick International Courier delivered close to 500 ounces of donor breast milk for premature, sick and orphaned infants aboard the USNS Comfort’s Medical Treatment Center stationed outside Haiti.

The ship is equipped with a neonatal intensive care unit and medical staff to provide emergency care to the youngest victims of the earthquake. They are uniquely positioned to handle a donation of breast milk because they maintain cold chain requirements and ensure proper handling and security of the donation.

Emphasizing the importance of human milk, Jay N. Gordon, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UCLA Medical School, said, “Nothing protects at-risk, premature or sick infants like mother’s milk does.  Breast milk’s natural antibodies prevent illnesses, treat illnesses and will save lives.”

The earthquake that devastated Haiti has left countless infants without their mothers and without breast milk. Amanda Nickerson, Executive Director, for International Breast Milk Project told MediaGlobal, “Unfortunately, without proper infrastructure in place, frozen donor milk is not going to be a viable option for so many infants in need, but we are happy to make a difference in the lives of the infants aboard the USNS Comfort.”

Quick International Courier, a global medical logistics specialist, donated their services to provide packaging, dry ice and the fastest and most secure cold chain transport services to Haiti.

“It is so rewarding to be able to help make a difference in the lives of orphaned and critically ill babies.  As a mother and a person concerned about the world and health, this project really speaks to my heart,” said Dominique Bischoff-Brown, COO of Quick International Courier.

This humanitarian project has been made possible with the active cooperation of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, who provided the donor milk, Toby and Maggie Moffett, of the Moffett Group in Washington, D.C., and the offices of Congressman Courtney, Congresswomen Betty McCollum, and Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and the dedicated staff of the USNS Comfort.

IBMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to ensure that infants worldwide have access to donor milk when they need it. Since its inception, IBMP has provided over 65,000 bottles (262,682 ounces, 7,768 liters or 2,052 gallons) of donor breast milk to infants around the world.

For more information, please contact Amanda Nickerson, Executive Director. Cell: 786.837.3082. Email: amanda@breastmilkproject.org.

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Coty Joins in Supporting Relief Effort Following Earthquake in Haiti

NEW YORK, Jan.  28 /PRNewswire/ — Coty Inc., a leader in the global beauty industry, announced today a collective donation of $100,000 to two humanitarian organizations involved in the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

The company is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization working closely with the Haitian Red Cross and other partners to provide immediate relief to those affected in Haiti.  Coty is also contributing $50,000 to Save the Children, an international organization working in Haiti since 1978, which has over 200 staff members in the country responding to the immediate needs of children and their families.

“Our hearts go out to the countless victims of the earthquake in Haiti and their families around the world,” said Bernd Beetz, Coty’s Chief Executive Officer.  “In addition to our corporate donation to both the American Red Cross and Save the Children, our 10,000 employees worldwide are continuing to support numerous Haiti relief efforts around the globe.  As a company, Coty is committed to further supporting recovery needs.”

About Coty Inc.
Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today, Coty Inc. is a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of nearly $4 billion. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, innovation and creativity, Coty Inc. has developed an unrivaled portfolio of notable brands and delivers its innovative products to consumers in 90 markets worldwide.

The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Baby Phat, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloe, Chopard, Davidoff, Home Skin Lab, Jennifer Lopez, Jette Joop, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, L.A.M.B. fragrance by Gwen Stefani, La Voce by Renee Fleming, Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nautica, Nikos, Phat Farm, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Wolfgang Joop.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes adidas, Astor, Beyonce Knowles, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Esprit, Exclamation, Faith Hill, GUESS, Halle Berry, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, La Cross, Miss Sixty, Miss Sporty, N.Y.C. New York Color, Pierre Cardin(1), Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Shania Twain, Stetson, Tim McGraw and Tonino Lamborghini.

Coty and Puig Fashion and Beauty S.A. have a strategic partnership for the distribution of the perfume lines of Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, Prada, and Paco Rabanne in the United States and Canada.

For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit www.coty.com.

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Adriana Casey Photography Partners With the American Red Cross to Offer 'Portraits for Haiti'

100% of the proceeds from the day of portraits will assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Adriana Casey Photography has partnered with the American Red Cross to offer a day of portrait sessions with 100% of the proceeds going to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.  “Portraits for Haiti” will take place on Monday, February 1st from 9:30am to 6:30pm in New York City.  “The goal is to provide professional portraits in exchange for donations that will help the Haiti relief operation,” said Adriana Casey. “It is clear that what took minutes to destroy will take many years and the collective support of our world community to help mend.”

A variety of portrait types are available, from headshots to maternity to newborn and family portraits.  Each portrait session will take place in a private studio and will be 20 minutes in length. The suggested donation is $50, and a disc with fully edited high resolution images will be provided.  Images will also be uploaded to an online gallery and access to a professional lab for printing will be provided.

Underscoring its commitment to charity, Adriana Casey Photography is focused on giving back and getting involved. This day of portrait sessions is donated to help Haiti recover from the earthquake that has turned its country upside down. The belief of Adriana Casey Photography is that together, our world community can contribute in ways that will help Haiti repair itself.  Calumet Photographic has donated photographic equipment, and studio space has been provided by Select Office Suites.

The American Red Cross has reported that this is already the largest single-country relief operation in global Red Cross history. The number of emergency response teams in or en route to Haiti equals those that responded to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – an emergency that spanned 14 countries. Because of the generosity of donors, people in Haiti will receive more than immediate relief — they will receive resources, support and training from the Red Cross that will help them thrive for years to come.

About Adriana Casey Photography

ADRIANA CASEY PHOTOGRAPHY (www.adrianacaseyphotography.com) is a portrait and event photography studio based in Manhattan, New York.  Adriana Casey Photography is committed to offering high quality images and capturing special moments in people’s lives.  Adriana Casey Photography utilizes advanced photographic equipment to create unique and beautiful images. Adriana Casey Photography currently services the greater New York area, including New Jersey and Connecticut, and is available for travel.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.
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The Latest on Haiti Relief Efforts: Hear From Save the Children's Emergency Health and Nutrition Advisor in Haiti and Other NGO Representatives

***** MEDIA ADVISORY FOR AUDIO PRESS BRIEFING ON HAITI TODAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, AT 1 PM EST *****

WHO:  Save the Children, American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, and other members of InterAction, a coalition of more than 150 U.S. humanitarian organizations.

WHAT:  Save the Children and other U.S. humanitarian relief organizations will share details of their work in Haiti, including progress, challenges, and what needs to be done in the future. From Port-au-Prince, Save the Children’s Director of Emergency Health and Nutrition, Kathryn Bolles, will speak about protecting the health and nutrition of children.  The groups will also discuss food distribution, camp conditions, orphans and child protection, rescue and recovery, and lessons learned from past disasters.

WHEN:  Today – Thursday, January 28, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)

WHERE:  This is a call-in audio briefing.

 
Call in information:
U.S. Toll-Free:                           888-299-4099
Canadian Toll-Free:                       866-682-1172
International Toll:                       302-709-8337
Verbal Passcode (to be given to the
 operator):                               VC27526

 

 

Save the Children and other organizations within the InterAction alliance have raised $350 million from the American public to put toward relief efforts. Since the earthquake on January 12, Save the Children’s staff members in Haiti have been responding to the immediate needs of children and families.  The humanitarian organization has worked in Haiti since 1978 and has more than 250 staff in the country.
 
Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 29 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

CONTACT:  Tanya Weinberg of Save the Children, +1-202-640-6647,

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Major League Baseball Players Pledge $1 Million to Haiti Relief and Recovery Efforts

Players Trust launches long-term commitment with $100,000 grants to Esperanza International and Medicines for Humanity

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Major League baseball players today pledged their long-term support of relief and recovery efforts in Haiti by committing up to one million dollars from the Major League Baseball Players Trust.  Beginning with immediate $100,000 contributions each to Esperanza International and Medicines for Humanity, over the next five years the Players Trust will provide grants totaling up to one million dollars to support the efforts of non-profit organizations working to help Haiti recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake.

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“On behalf of all Major League baseball players, it’s an honor to pledge our long-term support to the people of Haiti,” said MLBPA Association Representative and Players Trust Trustee, Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees. “Haiti faces a long road to recovery and we want to do our part to support the humanitarian efforts of those non-profits committed to this cause.”

“For many years I have seen firsthand the commitment of the Players Trust to make a difference in the lives of the poor. Esperanza is honored to serve alongside Major League baseball players in this Herculean effort of assisting those in great need in Haiti,” stated David Valle, President, Esperanza International.

“For almost a decade, the Players Trust has been at our side helping to save the lives of vulnerable children,” said Tim Bilodeau, MFH Executive Director.  “This gift, for the relief and restoration of Haiti, demonstrates the on-going commitment of Major League baseball players to reach out where help is needed most.”

Esperanza has been working in Haiti since 2005 and is leading a coordinated rapid response effort of over 150 local organizations, providing food packs, water, bedding and hygiene kits to thousands of families.  They have established two medical clinics with two more online with over 80 doctors and nurses.  In keeping with its mission to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education and health, Esperanza plans to help Haiti’s economic development efforts by growing their established microfinance program and providing housing and educational opportunities to the children.  The Players Trust has collaborated with Esperanza since 2006, growing a microfinance program serving 35,000 women and families in the Dominican Republic.  For more information, please visit http://esperanza.org/us/

Medicines for Humanity (MFH) has worked to improve maternal and child health in Haiti for over eight years.  MFH is currently supplying its Haitian healthcare partners with medicines and medical supplies so critically needed in the aftermath of this disaster. MFH is also supporting the work of a volunteer medical team that is seeing almost 300 patients each day.  MFH will be actively involved in the efforts to rebuild maternal and child health services in Haiti.  MFH has been a partner of the Players Trust since 2002 in providing lifesaving medicines and health services to people in the Dominican Republic. For more information, please visit http://www.medicinesforhumanity.org/

On Friday, January 22, the MLBPA announced that it was joining the NFL Players Association, National Basketball Players Association and National Hockey League Players’ Association in the creation of the “ONE TEAM 4 HAITI” campaign to support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s focus on the country’s earthquake relief and recovery efforts.  The campaign launched with a text message fund-raising effort supporting the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In the U.S., supporters can text the word “TEAM” to 20222 to donate $10. Canadian supporters can text the word “TEAM” to 20222 to donate $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by the texting campaign will go directly to relief efforts.

The “ONE TEAM 4 HAITI” campaign will also promote relief efforts in Haiti by airing public service announcements featuring professional athletes from all four major sports.  St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman, Albert Pujols, 2009 National League MVP, and San Francisco Giants pitcher, Tim Lincecum, 2009 National League Cy Young Award winner, have recorded the PSA on behalf of the MLBPA.

Today’s pledge matches the largest financial contribution ever made by the Players Trust, the charitable foundation of all Major League baseball players.  In 2005, in a demonstration of their commitment to rebuilding the Gulf region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Major League Baseball Players Trust presented a gift of one million dollars to launch the Volunteers of America Rental Housing Development Fund.  That contribution, along with contributions from other organizations, was used to develop affordable rental housing in the Gulf Coast region.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust

The members of the Major League Baseball Players Association created the Players Trust, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation,  to provide resources of caring to those in need by volunteering in causes close to their hearts and encouraging others to do the same. The foundation became the first of its kind in professional sports established and administered by the players.  For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com and visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust

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Lesbian and Gay Haiti Fund Tops the List of Donors to American Red Cross

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Within days of the creation of the American Red Cross LGBT Haiti Relief Fund, a Red Cross representative stated the fund has already raised more money than many of the huge corporate donors. This was accomplished by significant outreach efforts to the LGBT community via donors and activists along with a massive email campaign to the members of three LGBT cruise companies, Olivia, Atlantis and RSVP. Within a week, the community has raised over $150,000 for the fund.

Donations of cruises, an upgrade auction and matching funds all were contributed by the cruise companies as pledges came pouring in with record dollars in a matter of a few hours. “We are reaching out to all LGBT organizations and individuals to become part of this relief fund effort and get the word out everywhere,” said Judy Dlugacz, President and founder of Olivia Companies, a lesbian-oriented vacation company. “If we all work together we can provide enormous support to the Haiti relief efforts.”

“Over the last week we have seen a wonderful broadening of this initiative within our community,” stated Claire Lucas, an international development expert and a well known community activist and political fundraiser who worked with the American Red Cross to set up the fund. This effort began with the LGBT cruise companies and has quickly expanded to include other organizations and individuals. “Just this morning, three very diverse LGBT groups approached us to join the initiative; The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission based in New York, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center/Pride Center representing Southern Florida and a donor-directed community fund at the Alaska Community Foundation.”

“We are inspired to see so many groups coming together to help earthquake survivors in Haiti,” says Nan Buzard, Sr. Director of International Response and Programs for the American Red Cross. “The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community has done an outstanding job of raising funds to support the American Red Cross’s relief work in Haiti.”

Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, stated, “The LGBT community has a long tradition of mobilizing quickly to respond to crisis. We are proud that so many business leaders in our community have come forward to assist the people of Haiti in this time of great need.”

Lucas added, “While we have received over 1,300 donations totaling over $150,000 as of today, the actual donations have only just begun and we predict there will be a colossal response to this historic endeavor.”

Mark Bromley, of The Council for Global Equality, a non-profit organization that encourages a stronger voice on LGBT human rights concerns said, “We are urging all members of the LGBT community and their friends to donate to the American Red Cross LGBT Haiti Relief Fund to help the people of Haiti. Our community sends its deepest compassion and support to the people of Haiti and we will speak as one voice to show that support.”

To contribute to the fund, visit: http://american.redcross.org/LGBT-pub

For interviews and more information about the American Red Cross LGBT Haiti Relief please contact Andrea Burnett andrea@andreaburnett.com or 650.207.0917.

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Hanger Orthopedic Group to Donate $250,000 in Funding and Orthopedic Devices to Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) and its philanthropic organization The Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation announced today that it will provide $250,000 in funding and orthopedic devices to assist with the medical needs of those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. 

A direct cash donation of $25,000 and a contribution of $225,000 in orthopedic devices, including neck and back braces, limb immobilizers, fracture boots, wrist splints, and cervical collars, will be donated to two charitable organizations currently providing care in Haiti — Physicians for Peace and Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere). 

“We feel deeply for the people affected by this profound tragedy and we hope our contribution will help ease some of the suffering,” Hanger President and CEO Tom Kirk said.  “As the largest provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care, we see firsthand everyday the hope that can be instilled by restoring mobility and functionality to those with severe orthopedic injuries.  We will continue to work with Physicians for Peace and Project HOPE, as well as other non-profits, to define the clinical need and the logistics to provide care and services in Haiti.”

In addition to the funding and device donations, many of Hanger’s 1,100+ prosthetists and orthotists have expressed interest in providing care and clinical expertise in Haiti.

 To learn more about the aforementioned non-profit organizations receiving donations from Hanger for the people of Haiti, please visit Physicians for Peace www.physiciansforpeace.org and Project HOPE www.projecthope.org.  

 About Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.:

Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s premier provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care services. Hanger is the market leader in the United States, owning and operating 669 patient care centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia, with over 3,700 employees including 1,095 practitioners (as of September 30, 2009). Hanger is organized into four units. The two key operating units are patient care, which consists of nationwide orthotic and prosthetic practice centers, and distribution, which consists of distribution centers managing the supply chain of orthotic and prosthetic componentry to Hanger and third party patient care centers. The third is Linkia, which is the first and only provider network management company for the orthotics and prosthetics industry. The fourth unit, Innovative Neurotronics, introduces emerging neuromuscular technologies developed through independent research in a collaborative effort with industry suppliers worldwide. For more information on Innovative Neurotronics, Inc. or the WalkAide®, visit www.ininc.us. For more information on Hanger, visit www.hanger.com.

This document may contain forward-looking statements relating to the Company’s revenues, contracts and operations. The United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for certain forward-looking statements. Statements relating to future revenues, contracts and operations in this document reflect the current views of management. However, various risks, uncertainties and contingencies could cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements, including the Company’s ability to enter into and derive benefits from managed care contracts, the demand for the Company’s orthotic and prosthetic services and products and the other factors identified in the Company’s periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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'All for Haiti': America TeVe Starts a Humanitarian Bridge to Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti

America TeVe’s family urges South Florida to Join This Community Effort for People Affected

 MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — America TeVe announces that this Friday, January 22 beginning at 4 p.m. on “Arrebatados” and during our live programming, “Noticias 41,” “Aqui Todos Ganan,” “El Show de Fernando Hidalgo,” “A Mano Limpia,” and “Pellizcame que estoy Sonando” we will unite for the special coverage of “All for Haiti” in an effort to collect essential items for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

 During our special coverage of “All for Haiti” we will urge the South Florida community to come to America TeVe and drop off any  donations that could help victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.  America TeVe’s talent:  Maria Laria, Juan Manuel Cao, Yossie Galindo, Nelson Bustamante, Fernando Hidalgo, Oscar Haza, Carlos Otero, Felix Guillermo, and Alejandra Molina, among others, will be present for this special assignment, whose goal will be to obtain donations brought to our facilities located at 13001 NW 107th Avenue, Hialeah Gardens. Over 100,000 dead, a devastated population, pain, need and desperation have been the outcome of this disaster. America TeVe is requesting urgent help from the community to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Those willing to help with the cause, please bring the following to our facilities located in Hialeah Gardens: water, canned food, tents, infant supplies, flashlights, clothing, medicine, basic necessity items for children and adults, and monetary contributions. Join America TeVe in this humanitarian effort … “All for Haiti”!

“It’s hard to imagine the devastation caused by this earthquake. America TeVe will do everything in our power to help those who have been so affected by this disaster,” said Omar Romay, president and CEO of America TeVe. “We remain committed to working together and in providing aid to rebuild Haiti.”

 Several nonprofit organizations in South Florida along with America TeVe clients and sponsors will be present during this special coverage of “All for Haiti.” They, along with our talent will encourage the community to extend a helping hand to the people of Haiti.

 From Haiti, America TeVe will have direct contact with Marilou Roy, from Port au Prince, who has offered help to hundreds of Haitians, who have been left homeless.  Roy, with the help of her family, has taken responsibility for many of the victims by giving them food and a place to sleep in her home.

 We will work with Roy, one of our sources in Haiti, and Signal 90.5 FM radio station through our site www.americateve.com.  We will also be in contact with 90.5 FM, a radio station in Haiti, through which the Haitian community will have direct contact with our channel and by joining forces with Haiti’s radio station, our channel will have direct contact with the victims.

This Friday, January 22, beginning at 4 p.m., join us on America TeVe “All for Haiti”. America TeVe Channel 41 can be seen in Miami, Broward Comcast, Pompano, Davie, Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale, Miramar, Pembroke Pines; Channel 15 in Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Miami Metro, Opa Locka, Miami Classic, South Broward, Miramar, South Dade, Aventura, West Miami, Coral Gables; Comcast Channel 12 in Century Village, Pembroke Pines, Grand Palms; Comcast Channel 2 in Redland; Comcast Channel 18 in South Miami, Miami Beach; Atlantic Broadband Channel 17, Channel 41 on Dish Network on Direct TV Channel 41, Channel 860 and Dish Network in Puerto Rico.

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Ultimate Chef America by Brookdale Offers Opportunity to Help Victims of Haiti

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Ultimate Chef America by Brookdale invites everyone to join together to support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross in Haiti. Donating is simple at www.brookdaleliving.com.  

 ”The Brookdale family is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Haiti, and concerned for the plight of the citizens of that island nation. We are supporting relief efforts through the Ultimate Chef America Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund,” said Bill Sheriff, chief executive officer of Brookdale. “We encourage your thoughts and prayers for everyone in Haiti, and their extended family and friends.”

As a thank you for a contribution, any person who makes a donation of $10 or more will be mailed a “Music of Ultimate Chef America” CD. To ensure receipt of the CD, please be sure to check “yes” on the donation page when asked if you consent to the American Red Cross sharing your name, address and donation amount with Ultimate Chef America.

 Ultimate Chef America is a dynamic culinary competition among chefs across the United States for the chance to win the Ultimate Chef America title. The tour kicks off Thursday, Jan. 28 in Phoenix.

 In key markets across the country, the Dining Services professionals of Brookdale Senior Living, one of the largest owners and operators of senior living communities, will compete during a two-hour cooking competition focusing on healthy cooking for seniors.

More information about Ultimate Chef America can be found at http://www.ultimatechefamerica.com and http://www.facebook.com/ultimatechefbrookdale

 

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A Call for Orthopaedic Hardware for Haiti

CLIMAX, N.C., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Knowledge Ventures has put out a plea to all orthopaedic professionals to assist in the effort to get much needed orthopaedic hardware to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. It has arranged in partnership with ORTHOWORLD Inc. to open a public thread at www.orthoworld.com in order to connect the world to the effort.

 ”In terms of orthopaedic treatment, the worst is not over in Haiti. People are literally dying on the lawn of the hospital,” says John Engelhardt, Managing Member of Knowledge Ventures. “While there are teams of orthopaedic surgeons down there, there is desperate need for plates and screws, nails and ex fix, as well as drills and saws. We are calling on all orthopaedic professionals to identify any sources of hardware, and have arranged a public thread so that anyone can contact the appropriate agencies to get it delivered.”

 To donate money or hardware, go to www.sign-post.org or visit www.orthoworld.com.

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Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Begins Distribution to Haiti of Trauma Implants and Instruments

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Medical device maker Smith & Nephew’s (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Orthopaedics business is making available this week more than $2 million in implants and surgical instruments for use by orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti.

 The donation, set to arrive within days, is a wide range of orthopedic surgical resources used to treat bone fractures.

These resources are being distributed in Haiti by Hope Force International (HFI). Orthopedic surgeons who are trained to use these instruments and who are travelling to Haiti to assist in the relief effort are instructed to contact HFI (hopeforce.org) in the United States at (615) 371-1271 or info@hopeforce.org.

The primary base of surgical operations and implant distribution for HFI is King’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, although more distribution points may be established in order to more widely deliver the donated implants across the country.

“We have received dozens of calls from orthopedic surgeons who want to know how to help,” says Joseph M. DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. “We are attempting to simplify a challenging healthcare process in the aftermath of the earthquake. Centralizing our implants and instruments with HFI will give any US-based or international surgeon who is trained to use them the simplest, quickest way to apply their skills in a Haitian operating room.”

“This donation reflects our commitment to serve patients on a global basis,” says DeVivo. “We have the means to help, and are doing everything we can to connect our technology with the people and organizations who can use it to heal those most in need.”

 About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management.  Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people’s lives.  The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust.  The Company operates in 32 countries around the world.  Annual sales in 2008 were $3.8 billion.

 Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  In particular, statements regarding planned growth in our business and in our trading margins discussed under “Outlook” are forward-looking statements as are discussions of our product pipeline.  These statements, as well as the phrases “aim”, “plan”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “well-placed”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “target”, “consider” and similar expressions, are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors (including, but not limited to, the outcome of litigation and regulatory approvals) that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Smith & Nephew, or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Please refer to the documents that Smith & Nephew has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including Smith & Nephew’s most recent annual report on Form 20F, for a discussion of certain of these factors.

 All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date hereof.  All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew or any person acting on behalf of Smith & Nephew are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing.  Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Smith & Nephew’s expectation with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory Aims to Increase Giving and Saving Lives in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Haiti Earthquake Magazine today announced the release of the Haiti Top 10 Nonprofit Directory and the Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory of organizations supporting the people of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. The Top 10 and Top 100 web-based directories provide three vital pieces of information about each nonprofit: (a) summary information about the organization’s response to the Haiti earthquake to date and its history of operations in Haiti, (b) donation information including phone, address and web site, and SMS giving information, and (c) detailed news updates about ongoing efforts of each nonprofit in Haiti.

Haiti Top 10 Directory and Haiti Top 100 Directory.

Nonprofits in the Top 10 and Top 100 directories were selected by Haiti Earthquake Magazine based on their credibility, reputation and demonstrated track record of aid effectiveness. The nonprofits included in the Haiti Top 10 Directory of organizations responding to the Haiti earthquake include (in alphabetical order) (1) CARE, (2) the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, (3) Doctors Without Borders, (4) Oxfam, (5) the Red Cross, (6) Save the Children, (7) UNICEF, (8) the UN Foundation (on behalf of the United Nations), (9) the World Food Programme, and (10) Yele Haiti. To encourage your readers to read updated information about these nonprofits, increase their giving and save lives, please insert the following link on your site: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top10. To include the Haiti Top 100 Directory, please insert this link on your site: http://www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top100

 Increasing Giving and Saving Lives By Providing Accurate and Breaking News about Nonprofits Active in Haiti

The Top 100 internet-based directory is intended to provide citizens with comprehensive, fact-based and up-to-the minute information about each nonprofit. “The sheer magnitude of the humanitarian tragedy and the immense diversity of nonprofits active in Haiti make it a daunting task for individuals to choose a nonprofit to make a donation to,” said Catherine Zhang, publisher of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. Catherine Zhang added: “The magnitude of the challenge in Haiti requires scalability in order to save lives – I am a finance person and I know that money is a big part of this equation. We therefore want to expand the number of people giving to the people of Haiti – and increase the amount donated by each person. I believe that a combination of accurate, fact-based and breaking news about the heroic humanitarian work performed by the nonprofits that are active in Haiti will cut through the confusion, increase donations and contribute to saving lives.”

 Haiti Earthquake Magazine is continuously updating the Haiti Top 100 Directory and welcomes updates from nonprofits on their latest activities in Haiti.

 About Haiti Earthquake Magazine (www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com):

The mission of Haiti Earthquake Magazine is to contribute to saving lives and solving the humanitarian crisis arising from the Haiti earthquake by serving as the one-stop information source for the Haiti earthquake. We do this by providing breaking news coverage and connecting you with opportunities to make a real difference through donations to and volunteering with the world’s most effective organizations involved in the Haiti earthquake. Haiti Earthquake Magazine invites you to make a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti by staying informed daily and donating money — and volunteering if your time and resources allow you to do so. PR Newswire is a Gold Sponsor of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. This press release has been distributed free of charge by PR Newswire.

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Avon Commits $1 Million to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that it has committed $1 million to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake in that country.  The company said that the money will be donated through the Avon Foundation for Women, and will be distributed to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, two organizations that are deeply involved in efforts to aid victims of the January 12 earthquake.

 The company said that the Foundation plans to distribute the $1 million as follows:

  • $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, the humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters; the agency is working closely with Haitian Red Cross to assist those affected by this disaster.
  • $500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization that has already assisted more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti and has committed to continuing to provide critically-needed medical services.

 Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused to our neighbors in Haiti by the recent earthquake. Disaster relief has long been a critical component of Avon’s philanthropy.  I believe it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to lend our support to the relief efforts aiding the people of Haiti.”

 In addition, the company said that its North America business is planning to launch other  initiatives to further assist the victims of the earthquake, including donations from product sales.

 Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6 million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon’s product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

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PADF-OAS to Focus on 2 Heavily Damaged Areas in Haiti

Non-Profit assigned part of downtown Port-au-Prince, Southeast Province

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A heavily damaged area of downtown Port-au-Prince and communities in the Southeast province have been assigned to the Pan American Development Foundation and its partners for immediate relief, the non-profit organization announced. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

 Haitian civil defense authorities designated these areas because of PADF’s long development experience in these communities and the urgent need for the organization’s extensive background in disaster management.

 PADF’s assigned zones are: Port-au-Prince’s downtown section of Bel Air, a heavily residential area known for its beautiful cathedral; and the Southeast province, which includes the seaside cities of Jacmel, Cayes-Jacmel and Marigot.

 ”The Southeast province was hit as hard as Port-au-Prince but has yet to receive attention by the international media,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s Executive Director. “With such a large mandate, PADF is urging individuals and companies to support our earthquake relief efforts by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. It’s vital to people’s survival.”

 Prior to the devastating 7.0 earthquake, these Southeast province communities (which are about a three-hour drive from Port-au-Prince) were severely damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms 18 months ago. PADF will provide relief supplies to these affected communities via the border city of Pedernales in the Dominican Republic.

 Relief to Bel Air will come through PADF’s office in the capital, which receives its supplies from a land route that connects with the border city of Jimani in the Dominican Republic.

 PADF – which is collaborating with the Organization of American States (OAS), the non-profit Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and other groups – has eight offices in Haiti, with its country headquarters in Port-au-Prince. PADF has worked in the country for nearly 30 years on economic development, protecting human rights and responding to natural disasters.

 Meanwhile, actor and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, Jimmy Jean-Louis (”The Haitian” on NBC’s “Heroes”) arrived in Port-au-Prince late Saturday to reconnect with his family and to raise awareness of the crisis. What he found stunned him.

 ”It looked like a war had happened,” says Jean-Louis, who was shocked by the magnitude of destruction and the desperate need of the people.

 Jean-Louis is a spokesperson for the PADF-OAS-HUFH campaign to raise money for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. They may do so by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org to make a donation.

 About HUFH

Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that puts 100 percent of its donations directly into the cause of helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help.

www.hufh.org and www.HaitianHero.com

 About the OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org

 About PADF

 PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

 

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

 Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org

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Ushahidi Urging Haitians and Humanitarian Workers to Text Information to 4636 Free of Charge

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Citizen-reporting platform Ushahidi has gained international renown this week for its innovative contribution to information-gathering in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti. Now, Ushahidi, in partnership with U.S. Department of State and others, has introduced an SMS shortcode for subscribers on the DigiCell network in Haiti to send text messages free of charge. The shortcode makes it even faster and easier for eyewitnesses to report developments on the ground.

 Digicel subscribers in Haiti can text 4636 with location and description of emergencies and missing persons. Ushahidi’s Haiti platform is live at: http://haiti.ushahidi.com.

 Please note that the SMS shortcode is dependent on local telecom infrastructure — if the infrastructure fails, the local SMS service will not work. However, there are several ways that incidents may be reported:

 By sending a local text message to 4636 or internationally at

 +447624802524

By sending e-mail to Haiti@ushahidi.com

On Twitter with hash tag #haiti or #haitiquake

Online at http://haiti.ushahidi.com/reports/submit

 BACKGROUND:

Minutes after the earthquake was felt in Haiti, a global team of staff and volunteers deployed Ushahidi, an incident reporting and mapping tool widely known for tracking post-election violence in Kenya, conflict in Gaza, and national elections in India. As the primary platform for reporting incidents in Haiti, Ushahidi serves as a vital tool to aid decision-making, direct resources and understand the situation in real time.

 The Ushahidi team is collaborating with many organizations working in Haiti and beyond: the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, the International Network of Crisis Mappers and the major telecommunications operators in Haiti, among others. A team of developers, humanitarians, academics, and international development practitioners have been working to ensure the site is stable and that incoming reports are accurately categorized and geo-located.

 The system is currently tracking information in the several categories and subcategories including: emergencies, threats, responder activities, news about individuals, and the location of resources.

 To see media reports on Ushahidi’s work on this crisis, visit http://www.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=Haiti+Ushahidi

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