On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.
The storm has had a devastating effect on local youth group leader and orphanage director Carlo Laroza. Carlo is a great example of how young people can be a force for positive change in disaster zones. Around finishing his education, he also runs an orphanage. But while the house held out, the orphanage’s school was destroyed.
Rebuilding the school is both EDV’s and Carlo’s first priority. Carlo stressed the importance of the school to us on a recent call. “Education is everything. With an education the kids can be doctors, lawyers, even president. For us education is the most important thing.”
The classrooms which were destroyed are also used by local women’s and youth groups to organise community events and share resources. You can help Carlo and his friends in the youth group rebuild by making a donation today. We need $6,000 to build classrooms which can withstand whatever Haiti throws at them.
On Wednesday, June 13th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 50%! This is a fantastic opportunity to make your donations go even further in support of youths affected by disaster.
By donating on Wednesday, you can be sure that when disaster strikes, we'll be there ensuring that young people affected by disaster are involved in their own recovery. Your donations ensure we have the resources we need to equip sport leaugues and work with youth groups to develop recovery programmes.
Any donation, whatever its size, will help us continue working with youths in disaster zones. If you can’t donate yourself, you can still help by letting others know about this fantastic matching opportunity. Please email friends and family or spread the word on Facebook.
You’ve already made so much great work possible in Haiti, and we hope that on Wednesday, you’ll be a part of helping survivors around the world in 2012.
It’s been almost five months since we left Haiti and the fantastic youth-led projects made possible.
Since leaging Haiti, we've been preparing to respond to future disasters by fundraising, business planning, and forging new partnerships so that we’ll be ready when the next disaster strikes.
While we’ve been busy building our capacity to respond to disasters worldwide in 2012, we know that there are youth-groups the world over working hard to better their communities. When disaster strikes in 2012, as it inevitably will, we’ll be there, ready to work with young people affected by disaster.
We’ll keep you informed of our future plans as they develop, and we hope that when we’re needed again, you’ll be there with us as you were in Haiti.
Thanks again for all you made possible in Haiti, and we look forward to working with you again in disaster zones around the world in 2012.
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