Read below to see how you can join the cause. (You don’t want to donate to a nonworthy organization, of course)
Senator Yee, PhD:
Here’s the release from his conference this afternoon at La Casa de las Madres on Valencia Street:
Local Community Launches Relief Efforts for Haiti
Senator Yee donates to effort, urges local residents to help people of Haiti
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined several local organizations and members of the local Haitian community today to highlight relief efforts in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to urging local residents to help provide assistance, Yee also donated $1,000 to the relief effort.
“The enormity of this disaster is indescribable,” said Yee. “The people of Haiti, who were already extremely underprivileged, need the world’s help. I urge everyone in the Bay Area to give what they can, even if that is $5 to help save lives.”
The 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti earlier this week has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, missing, or hurt. The nation’s already weak infrastructure has been crippled.
“We have unfortunately seen many disasters around the world, but this may be the most catastrophic we have ever seen,” said Yee. “Considering the poor condition of Haiti prior to the earthquake, coupled with the complete collapse of what they had, this is truly a dire situation. As a child psychologist, my heart cries out for the children of Haiti, who have lost mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, and in some cases their entire family.”
Even prior to the earthquake, Haiti was one of the world’s poorest and least developed nations, and the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It had a gross domestic product (GDP) of only $7 billion in 2009 (San Francisco alone as a GDP of nearly $300 billion). Per capita GDP was $790 (San Francisco has a per capita GDP of $62,300).
Haiti’s 9.7 million people have the lowest literacy rate in the region (65.9%). Only half of Haiti’s children are unvaccinated. Prior to the earthquake, nearly half the causes of death were attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis and other diseases (World Health Organization). Approximately 30,000 people each year suffer from malaria, and tuberculosis is ten times higher than any other Latin American country.
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained through a successful slave rebellion.
Today, Yee recognized several organizations for their relief efforts and urged local residents to make contributions to the following:
California Nurses Association
NNU Haiti Disaster Relief Fund
2000 Franklin, Street
Oakland, CA 94612
American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
85 Second Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Direct Relief International
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578