Friday, January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti


How can you help in Haiti?
During January, My husband and I will contribute $1 to ELCA Disaster Response in Haiti for the first 200:
  • new followers on The Gypsy’s Guide 
  • new subscribers on The Gypsy’s Guide (via email or in a feed)
  • unique comments made on the Gypsy's Guide
Spread the word!  Anyone want to match it? Contact me!  Additionally, I make a very small commission off of each purchase at the Gypsy’s Store, and for the month of January, I will donate all of those moneys as well. So go shopping!

100% of contributions made to ELCA Disaster Response will be used for relief efforts in Haiti.

If you want to make contributions of your own, I’ve included links to both ELCA Disaster Response as well as the American Red Cross in the left-hand column.

Reading about Haiti
Much of what I know about Haiti, I’ve learned from reading the works of Haitian-American, Edwidge Danticat. An extraordinary storyteller, Danticat uses darkness and light like the warp and weft, creating a fabric of island life that is both substantial and real.
It struck Princesse that this is why she wanted to make pictures, to have something to leave behind even after she was gone, something that showed what she had observed in a way that no one else had and no one else would after her. The sky in all its glory had been there for eons even before she came into the world, and there it would stay with its crashing stars and moody clouds. The sand and its caresses, the conch and its melody would be there forever as well. All that would change would be the faces of the people who would see and touch those things, faces like hers, which was already not as it had been a few years before and which would mature and change in the years to come.
-- from Krik? Krak!
Danticat now lives in the United States, but her family lives in Haiti. Despite the fact that she is waiting for word from her family, she took time this week to recommend a few books about Haiti for people interested in learning more about the country.
I’ve included all of her suggested reading in The Gypsy’s Store, and I encourage you to check them out. I also included her own books -- Krik? Krak! and Breath, Eyes, Memory -- both of which are gorgeously written and powerful works.

Update: Jan 15 @ 6 pm
Welcome to all of you who come by way of the LA Times Travel blog: Help Haiti through your Travel Connections.  Thanks to @JenLeo for the mention!

And, I'm happy to say other bloggers have been inspired as well.  Make your way to Got Passport where if you make a comment they will make a donation to Partners in Health's Haiti efforts. 

Have you been to Haiti?  Tell us about your experiences there and your reflections on the situation there today.  Remember, we'll be donating $1 in your honor!

30 comments:

Karen-Louise said...

With hindsight it's clear that the structures in Haiti were poorly built, yet the island is located about a seismic fault line, thus a disaster waiting to happen. Why did the UN and other aid organizations not pin-point this and offer help before a major disaster occurred? My heart goes out to each and everyone in Haiti.

Karen-Louise

Erica said...

Such a great incentive! Thanks for doing this, Angela.

kelly said...

Thank you so much for using you blog to bring attention to this tragedy. And thank you for your generosity!

Nathan Bransford said...

Thank you for your generosity. Such an unbelievable tragedy, and they need everything they can get.

Anonymous said...

I went to Haiti in the early 1990s, to write about the aid organization Food for the Poor. Our local guide, Mrs. Pun, took us one day to Cite Soleil, one of the saddest slums in the world. We walked past cardboard lean-tos and along open sewers. We attracted a following – not just of flies, but of curious residents. They showed us no hostility (thanks to Mrs. Pun?) or even, it seemed, resentment. One boy, about 14, sidled up to me. He spoke good French. He wore a T-shirt and shorts. He asked if I could send him a French-English dictionary. The request was as impressive as it was unexpected.
- Thomas Swick

katydid13 said...

Great idea Angela!

Kate Wulff

jessiev said...

brava, angela!! the photos seem so crazy, i can't even imagine being there.

Peter West Carey said...

Wonderful idea, Angela! Here's my comment for a buck.

Julie Waldbauer said...

I'm commenting on how much you ROCK! Thanks for doing this Angela!

Wanderluster said...

Thanks for doing this very cool thing!

Mary Jo Manzanares said...

I've been to the other side of the island, so have some idea of how poor and challenged the island is. And that was before the earthquake.

Now, words fail me.

Jeanine said...

Excellent idea.. A tragedy interrupts our busy lives. The least we can do is pause for a moment to consider what is most precious in this life on this (trembling) earth. Thanks for doing much more, Angela.

Kate said...

Thank you for your initiative and your generosity. Great idea- I'm sure that every cent counts. Thank you again!

Carrie said...

Thanks so much for your generous offer on behalf of Haiti!

Vera Marie Badertscher said...

Thanks, Angela. Great idea. I've been trying to figure out what I can do to help. I may copy this idea.

Vera

Anonymous said...

I came here via the Wonders Never Cease blog, to comment for your fundraiser!

Jenn Hubbard

Sara said...

You're amazing. I love your blog and you have a heart of gold. I feel like we're related. Oh wait we are.

jenniferls said...

Awesome idea Angela! Thanks for doing this!

Leesie a/k/a SeasLife on Twitter said...

Bless your heart! I am stopping here to share this beautiful video that I came across earlier today: Annie, a young Haitian from Carrefour, belts out Worthy is the Lord, at the Precious Pearl Haiti crusade in Cité Soleil. 1/27/09 http://is.gd/6lznu
Wondering and praying she is still alive.

Lilibeth said...

Thank you for doing this, Angela. Your generosity is very inspiring.

Eric said...

I think it's a great thing you are doing. Very inspiring.

安靜 said...

Happy New Year~~!!!............................................................

SARAH said...

This is a really cool idea! I think it's awesome when people use things like blogs and other social media to help people help others!

Sean McLachlan said...

I was just watching the coverage here on Spanish television. It's amazing how many nations are sending help. The reporter mostly focused on the Spanish effort, of course, but also showed American, Israeli, and UN workers. I wish we could be this united all the time. And did you hear about the president of Senegal offering the Haitians land? Very cool!

Amy @ The Q Family said...

What a great way to help! You are a great inspiration for me. Thank you for doing this and hope we will be able to help Haiti as much as we can.

leslie said...

Great work, Angela! Another way our love of travel enriches lives worldwide. Your Ireland buddy

gotpassport said...

Thanks for leading the way with this creative idea.

Tom Swift said...

What a fantastic idea, Angela!

A fellow writer taking notes ...

Best regards,

Tom

Travelogged said...

What a great idea, Angela! That's a very creative way to raise money for Haiti, but I'm not surprised as I can tell how creative you are with these gorgeous blogs. Good luck!

Marilyn Terrell said...

I'm happy to comment for such a good cause. Hope you raise a lot of money and attract new readers.

Welcome back! If you haven't already, I hope you'll subscribe to my RSS feed so we can stay in touch. Ciao!

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