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Haitian Refugee Aid Trip: Anse-a-Pitre

Organized by: Nikala Asante

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61% to the goal!
February 29, 2016

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EVENT DATE Mar 13, 2016

THE STORY:

Haitian Refugee Aid Trip: Anse-a-Pitre

March 13 - March 31, 2016

The Cause:

Imagine a stretch of land up the side of a mountain where only cacti grow in abundance. Late night, the temperatures plummet to near freezing. By noon, the dry air is nearly one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. This is the bucharra. This is where thousands of Haitians, 40% of which are children, have been left to die.

Many have heard of the mass deportations of Haitians from Dominican Republic in 2015, but few have been exposed to the personal stories. In the small town of Anse-a-Pitre, where the residents already suffered from deforestation, food insecurity, clean water shortages, and a desert climate, thousands of Haitian heritage, many of whom were born in the Dominican Republic or have lived there most of their lives, were forcibly dumped with no homes, no money, no food, and no resources.

About This Trip:

My name is Nikala Asante and I am passionate about helping Haiti. I have been blessed to travel to Haiti five times over the past two and a half years to assist with the promotion of Human rights, reforestation, clean water, health, and education. As of spring 2014, I have also become one the lead organizers for the University of Houston annual medical service trip to Haiti. My most recent journey to Haiti ended just a short time ago, on December 25, 2015.

My passion stems from having been in need before in my own life and from recognizing our consumeristic connection in the U.S. to Haiti's exploitation.  I feel that as Americans, we have a responsibility to contribute to restoring balance.  Also, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe that in injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

In 2015, my 11 year old son and I traveled to Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti for a total of nearly four weeks for work around permaculture, reforestation, and water. We loved it and made lots of friends there. Since then, we have been informed by our dear friends that around 361 Haitian families have been forced out of Dominican Republic and are now refugees in Anse-a-Pitre.

These 361 families, 40% of their population children under 14 years old, are living in tents made of whatever materials are on hand such as cardboard and bedsheets. These materials provide no real shelter from the elements. Also, more children are prone to be cold at night because the blankets that they would use to cover their bodies are being used as roofs for their makeshift homes.

My friend Nixon Casseus, an Anse-a-Pitre community leader, recently organized a meeting with the refugees about their greatest needs. They stated that their biggest needs are plastic tarps to protect them from the elements and food for the children.

While these are relief measures that will provide temporary aid, the goal is to assist with immediate needs while researching what can be done to most effectively help long term. 

While our small trip will not solve every problem, it will make a significant impact and our documentation will open the door for larger work to take place.  Thank you in advance for your support!

This is what we can do once we reach the current goal:

Seeds/Saplings for community garden                         = $100

40 plastic tarps for temporary housing                        = $800

~ 1,500 lbs of non-perishables                                          = $1,000

~ 200 Family First Aid Kits = to be sponsored by Project C.U.R.E.

Safi Water Treatment for 3 months for 300 families + transporting the water treatment to Anse-a-Pitre                      = $1,100

Total = $3,000

If you have any questions, please contact Nikala Asante at kalaasante@gmail.com. Thank you.

Other Notes:

Project C.U.R.E. has tentatively pledged around 200 First Aid Kits for families to include (each):

Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. or Reg. strength, tablets)

Box of Adhesive Bandages

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

1% Hydrocortisone Cream

Toothbrushes (min. 4)

Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)

Elastic Bandage

Safety Pins

Comb

Facial Tissues (travel-sized)

Blunt Scissors

Tweezers

Bar Soap

Nail Clippers

$3,110

 

104% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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  • Roni Catalan

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Weisenborn

    $20

  • Omair

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Samuel Léger

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Omair and Family

    $200

  • Robert Muhammad 7

    $20

  • Personal Contribution

    $500

  • Wright III

    $100

  • Dr. Nelda Lewis

    $30

  • Nedzra J. Ward

    $50

  • Marc Newsome

    $40

  • Sabali

    $25

  • Rasheedah

    $100

  • Alika Hickman

    $25

  • Jessica Wilbanks

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Christine Good Energy

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Matchash-Kassa Hattix

    $25

  • David Funchess

    $40

  • Kolade

    $80

  • Celine

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Callum & Dax McMillan

    $45

  • Cosey

    $10

  • P.E.P

    $100

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Donor Comments

P.E.P

P.E.P

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Cosey

Cosey

DONATION: $10

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Callum & Dax McMillan

Callum & Dax McMillan

DONATION: $45

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

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Celine

Celine

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Kolade

Kolade

DONATION: $80

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David Funchess

David Funchess

DONATION: $40

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Matchash-Kassa Hattix

Matchash-Kassa Hattix

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Christine Good Energy

Christine Good Energy

DONATION: $50

Keep up the great work Sis! 3 years ago

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