Message: For the poorest region of the western hemisphere the earthquake that struck Haiti 48 hours ago has added another ruthless blow to a civilization that was already struggling for survival. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake has left a trail of unimaginable destruction. Millions of people have lost their homes, countless are injured or feared dead.
The White House has already vowed to support relief efforts, and as expected the American Red Cross and UNICEF were some of the charitable agencies first on the scene. But for Haiti to recover from a disaster of this magnitude, it will take the collective effort of multiple agencies, large and small.
As with any global disaster people all over the world are asking what they can do to help. Lea McCloud, President of Alternative Gifts International (AGI), said, “We have received many emails from our “on the ground” partner agencies in Haiti. They’ve provided first hand accounts of the aftermath, and made requests for monetary donations to purchase water, food, medical supplies and clothing. So if you want to help them, the best way to do that is by donating whatever you can give to our Project 39.”
With five projects serving Haiti listed in their current catalog, AGI has much history there. Lea stated, “Our goals, while working with our Haiti partners, are to help the people of Haiti find sustainable ways to become self reliant—which is what they want. This disaster has set us back in that goal, but it will continue to be our strategy.” Through February 28th 2010 any funds donated to AGI’s Project 39 – Meeting Global Needs, will be designated to emergency relief efforts in Haiti.
For more information about Alternative Gifts International, or to donate, please visit www.alternativegifts.org, or call 1-800-842-2243