[act-ma] Fwd: Haiti Hub - Whats happening Around Boston
gmoke at world.std.com
Tue Feb 16 13:56:59 PST 2010
>> From: Seth Hunter <sethismyfriend at gmail.com>
>> Date: February 16, 2010 1:39:23 AM EST
>> To: Rebecca Roseme Obounou <rroseme at mit.edu>
>> Cc: Sally Susnowitz <susnowit at mit.edu>, Diane Louise Hendrix <dhendrix at mit.edu
>> >, Sarah D Hendrick <hendrick at mit.edu>, "haiti2010 at media.mit.edu" <haiti2010 at media.mit.edu
>> >, "HaitiProjectClass at media.mit.edu"
>> <HaitiProjectClass at media.mit.edu>, "haitistaff at mit.edu" <haitistaff at mit.edu
>> >, "haiticoordination at mit.edu" <haiticoordination at mit.edu>,
>> Nathaniel W Nickerson <nnickers at mit.edu>, Camilla M Brinkman <camillab at mit.edu
>> Subject: Haiti Hub - Whats happening Around Boston
>> Hello Everyone,
>> There is a lot happening in Boston and at Institutions (Tufts,
>> Harvard, MIT, Sloan & others) - but not enough awareness between
>> groups. So, we are looking into putting together a comprehensive
>> database of projects and initiatives in development during the last
>> month since the Jan 12 earthquake in Haiti.
>> That will take a while to develop, so for now, I put together a
>> list of what I could gather from the five groups I have visited in
>> the boston area.
>> They are located here: http://fluid.media.mit.edu/courses/2010-haiti/index.php?n=Main.Resources
>> Password: haiti10
>> Please add links, organizations, notes at the bottom of the page by
>> clicking "edit". Use wiki formatting. Feel free to add details if
>> your organization is listed.
>> There are also reports from the Boston Crisis Camp, and DUSP
>> Brainstorm on the site.
>> Seth Hunter
>> Research Assistant & PhD Candidate, Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab
>> work: http://www.perspectum.com (updated 2010)
>> group: http://fluid.media.mit.edu
>> pics: http://flickr.com/photos/sethismyfriend/
>> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 3:45 PM, Rebecca Roseme Obounou <rroseme at mit.edu
>> > wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> Unfortunately I'm sick and cannot attend this evening's event. I
>> think I've emailed the activities of my nonprofit before to the MIT
>> email but I did not get a response. Below is the email with updates
>> that I recently sent. I look forward to getting the outcome of this
>> meeting and I'd love to talk to whomever is necessary to get
>> involved with the efforts of the institute and talk to whomever
>> necessary. Best regards,
>> Within the past few months, CHES (Christian Haitian Entrepreneurial
>> Society, Inc.) has been deeply touched by the outpouring of support
>> and love of everyone; we are so grateful. We especially thank you
>> for your prayers. Many Haitians have lost loved ones but many loved
>> ones were also spared. I personally lost 5 close cousins but
>> thankfully got news of 10 family members who are safe. There are
>> still some missing in my family but my story is much like many
>> Haitians and friends of Haiti. It has been so emotionally grueling
>> for all but I think we’ve all have drawn so many lessons from this
>> unfortunate event in history. CHES is prepared to act upon those
>> lessons learned and contribute to rebuilding a better and stronger
>> Haiti through its mission. Since our series of prayer conference
>> calls CHES has engaged in the many activities.
>> As usual, we have continued praying together as we always have
>> weekly. We believe prayer is key and we give God the first place in
>> all we do. We welcome all to join us in our open prayer conference
>> calls and ask that you always keep us in your prayers.
>> 9 AM EST
>> (712) 432-1630
>> Code: 540550#
>> We’ve been raising funds to help maintain the relief efforts
>> already in place in Haiti through our online fundraising
>> capabilities on our website (www.chesinternational.org) and other
>> online media. Thank you so much to those of you that have already
>> donated. We truly hope that you can turn your one time donation
>> into a continued donation.
>> We have been raising funds for Hopital Bon Samaritain (HBS) in
>> Limbe, (Northern)Haiti. They’ve received an influx of patients for
>> which they were not prepared. So far we’ve been able to donate $500
>> to them so far and we look forward to sending them more funds as we
>> raise them.
>> We are looking to raise funds for Universite Chretien du Nord
>> d’Haiti (UCNH). Below is the message I received just this morning
>> from the director of the university that speaks for itself:
>> "Becca, It's been pretty overwhelming here, plus we've been passing
>> a virus around. UCNH is opening its doors on faith to take students
>> from Port who want to come here, although we know they will need
>> scholarship help, and we have NO money. Also, many of our students
>> have lost all their support, some of them their homes or their
>> workplaces. Over 50 of the Continuing Ed and Masters students in
>> theology will have great difficulty paying the second semester and
>> may not be able to return at all because they lost almost
>> everything, and in many cases, everything. If we add our full-time
>> undergrad students to the list of those affected, we will probably
>> exceed 100. The requests from students from universities that were
>> destroyed are coming in, over 60 so far. Three teachers from St.
>> Trinity School have asked to come here...music teachers...and I
>> want them! How will we pay them when students can't pay? So I pray,
>> pray, pray the CHES will be able to raise awareness and interest in
>> helping students in Haiti. Especially the young Diaspora...perhaps
>> they can imagine what it must feel like to have all your dreams
>> destroyed, and feel a bit of compassion for those here...I pray so.
>> I pray people will open their hearts and their checkbooks. I pray
>> they will get involved in long-term rebuilding. We want to have art
>> and music therapy options. I'm contacting people to see if we could
>> have someone come train students here to work with children who
>> have been traumatized by the quake. We are hosting people. Several
>> of the families on campus have taken in family members or friends
>> from Port. We have eight living with us. As I said in my other
>> message, lots of our students suffered great loss, and many lost
>> family members. We have lost a niece...missing...we pray for a
>> miracle still. We have friends who lost 4, some 7, others all their
>> children, one lost wife and children...what can I say? God have
>> mercy on the broken hearts of Haiti Pray with us. Love you...and
>> thank you!" – Laurel Casseus, UNCH
>> We have been also raising money for the CHES branch in Northern
>> Haiti to distribute aid to the displaced victims from Port-au-
>> Prince that have migrated to the North of the country. After
>> following many reports and speaking to those in the country. CHES
>> saw that there were many areas in the country that were still
>> underserved, such as the North, despite all the reported aid going
>> to the country. There were multiple reports and primary accounts of
>> poor distribution methods of the donations millions have been
>> making. The members of CHES in Northern Haiti requested that we
>> send essential items and they would distribute them to the needy.
>> For this reason, CHES decided to run a basics drive throughout New
>> England. We knew that we could successfully coordinate a drive but
>> most importantly coordinate the distribution on the ground. Many
>> people have been looking for such an organization and for this
>> reason our drive has been wildly successful. We have collection
>> sites at Harvard University, Northeastern University, Pheonix
>> University, The Liberty Hotel and many more. This past weekend, we
>> had a first collection at Northeastern University where we loaded
>> over one hundred boxes. We were joined by volunteers including two
>> young earthquake survivors, Peralte and Iraldine Preval (siblings),
>> who came to help us despite never suffering such cold weather.
>> Peralte didn't even own a good coat. Thankfully we found him one in
>> the collected items. We have found cost efficient ways to
>> coordinate this large undertaking but the reality is that there
>> still some costs and we need your help in raising more funds or
>> helping us save funds by helping us reduce our spending.
>> Donations are tax exempt and can still be filed for 2009 taxes
>> through March of this year. CHES is very pleased to announce that
>> Foley & Hoag law firm is working with CHES probono through its
>> 501(c)3, tax exempt, application process.
>> CHES is pleased to announce that it will be part of another Bentley
>> University Social Media Course. We will be working with Bentley
>> students to address bettering CHES’ online presence.
>> Saturday, February 27, CHES will be participating in a business
>> plan competition, Pitch for Change, at Harvard University’s Social
>> Enterprise Conference hosted by the Business School and the Kennedy
>> School of Government.
>> Join us to pray for Haiti
>> Sunday, February, 21, 2010
>> 4 PM EST
>> Location TBA
>> (Please email to express interest of attending
>> or check our facebook group page)
>> You can Help us Help Haiti!
>> Make a financial donation and make a long-term commitment to our
>> Volunteer some time to help in our massive drive.
>> Spread the word!!! Please pass this email along. We’re on
>> facebook. Join our group, invite your friends, fan us. Tell someone!
>> God bless you and thank you for your continued interest and support
>> of CHES
>> Rebecca Obounou
>> President and Founder
>> CHES (Christian Haitian Entrepreneurial Society, Inc.)
>> (617) 299-0564
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