Saturday, January 16, 2010

Help Haiti now. Please.

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, to the Haitian community here in Montreal, and to all of those who lost loved ones in Tuesday's earthquake.

Help Haiti Now

The UN World Food Programme is just one of the organizations that is on the ground in Haiti, aiding with the recovery effort and helping to feed the hungry.

If you've made a donation to Menu for Hope over the last few years, you've supported the WFP's efforts to end world hunger through initiatives like Purchase for Progress (P4P), which helps small farmers to improve their farming practices, become self-reliant, stabilize local economies, and contribute to the WFP's operation. Haiti needs immediate help, and lots of it, but it also needs an immense amount of long-term help, including programs such as P4P, programs that will help restore Haiti's thoroughly depleted agriculture and help bring about a new era of stability.

If you'd like to make a donation to the World Food Programme's work in Haiti, please follow this link. If you'd like more information about the World Food Programme, please click here.

And if you live in Montreal and you'd like to help out by attending a fundraiser, there'll be a Haiti Tweetup at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent) on Tuesday, January 19, from 5:30pm till 8:30pm, featuring a raffle and the prodigious talents of DJ Andy Williams. Admission is free, but guests are strongly encouraged to donate $10 or more. All proceeds will go towards the Red Cross's Haitian campaign.

Finally, the CBC has responded to the crisis with a helpful resource that lists still more ways to help.


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