E.B. resident organizes large shipment to Haiti

E.B. resident organizes large shipment to Haiti
BY JANE MEGGITT Staff Writer

EAST BRUNSWICK — As she watched TV newscasts showing the bodies of Haitian earthquake victims alongside the rubble of Port-au-Prince, Lucy Aita knew she had to do something.

Aita had lost her fiancé, Paul Innella, 33, of East Brunswick, in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks, and she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by the sight of collapsed buildings.

Aita decided she had to help the victims of this latest disaster, and through an e-mail chain she began coordinating donations of food, water, medical supplies and clothing for the earthquake victims. This resulted in a truckload of items picked up Monday by the Mercy Center, Asbury Park, which will have them shipped to Haiti.

According to Aita, at least 200 people responded with donations. While she thought she might collect 40-50 boxes of items, the number was in excess of 100 boxes and 50 garbage bags full of materials. These included 700 bottles of water, 400 cans of food, 10,000 items of clothing, shoes, towels and sheets, and medical supplies such as alcohol, bandages and antiseptics. There were so many items that Aita’s garage could not hold them all, so her neighbor, Anita Varshney, who also aided the effort, stored many in her garage.

Among the organizations donating were the Sri Sathya Sai Baba centers in Edison and East Brunswick. Venkat Kannepalli, who coordinated the donations for the Edison chapter of the spiritual organization, said his group collected 75 boxes of items, which took nine people to load for delivery to Aita’s house. All of the goods were collected within 18 hours of receiving the e-mail, he said. The organizer for the East Brunswick chapter, Ramesh Gulrajani, said donors went to Hamilton to buy toiletries for men and women and put them in ziplock bags. He said volunteers Rewo Nawani and Mia Matovic helped coordinate the donations.

Aita’s boyfriend, Charles Macagnone, is the grand knight of the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, and his group collected 15 bags for the Haitian relief effort.

Soledad Marcelus of Asbury Park, whose family founded the Laurence Georgette Lizaire Foundation in memory of their grandmother, worked with the Mercy Center in the effort. Her grandmother, who died in 1997, was from Haiti and regularly sent supplies to her native country, according to Marcelus. After her death, her children and grandchildren formed the foundation to continue her legacy.

Marcelus said the group is working with Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst to have the donations shipped.

Setinel Reference

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Haiti Earthquake 2010 – Pictures, News & Resources

Haiti Earthquake 2010 – Pictures, News & Resources

Haiti Earthquake 2010 – Pictures, News & Resources

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(Menu) Haiti Earthquake Relief – How To Help – Donations & Donate:

SMS donations in the US only:

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
  • SMS text “GIVE10” to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief

Donation Info In Detail:

  • UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
  • Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at http://www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
  • Mercy Corps established a Haiti Earthquake Fund, PO Box 2669,Portland, OR 97208, mercycorps.org, 1-888-256-1900
  • The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting financial donations to assist with recovery efforts for the earthquake victims in Haiti. People may send their donations to Catholic Charities, 1505 NE 26th St. Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Attention Earthquake Victims.
  • The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) — the natural disaster relief arm of the OAS — was asking people who want to donate to visit its special relief website called PanAmericanRelief.org.

Other Donation Sites / Links:

(Menu) Checking On Relatives In Haiti:

  • For information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti, please call 888-407-4747. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444. You may email inquiries to: Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov. More about the crisis and how to help: state.gov/haitiquake.
  • For U.S. Citizens in Haiti Seeking Assistance or Reporting Their Status/Whereabouts: Call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. Email the Embassy at ACSPaP@state.gov.

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(Menu) Hospitals In Haiti:

  • Hopital du Canape Vert
    Route du Canape Vert, Port-au-Prince, Canape Vert, Haiti
    509-2245-0984
    509-2245-1052
    509-2245-3365
    509-2245-6705
  • Hopital Francais d’Haiti
    378, Rue du Centre, Port-au-Prince, Centre Ville, Haiti
    509-2222-5966
    509-2223-9979
  • Hopital Maternite Sapiens
    Avenue Christophe # 120
    509-2245-8349
  • Hopital de l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti
    Angle Rues Mgr Guilloux et St Honore, Port-au-Prince, Champs de Mars, Haiti
    509-2222-967
    509-2222-1614
  • Hopital Saint Francois de Sales
    Rue Chareron, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    5092225033
    5092220232
  • Hopital OFATMA
    Cite Militaire
    5092223846
  • Clinique de la Santé
    102, Ave Poupelard (Après Ruelle Chrétien)
    5092459906
    5092440935

(Menu) Earthquake In Haiti Detail Overview:

Magnitude: 7.0

Date-Time: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC / Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter

Location: 18.451°N, 72.445°W

Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Region: HAITI REGION

Distances: 15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti / 140 km (90 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti / 145 km (90 miles) WNW of Barahona, Dominican Republic / 1140 km (710 miles) SE of Miami, Florida

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth fixed by location program

Parameters: NST=103, Nph=103, Dmin=365.7 km, Rmss=1.14 sec, Gp= 94°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7

Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID: us2010rja6

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Pray For Our Brothers And Sisters In Haiti

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Haiti earthquake: staff missing as UN headquarters damaged

The headquarters of the UN mission in Haiti has been seriously damaged by a powerful earthquake that shook the capital Port-au-Prince.
Published: 3:56AM GMT 13 Jan 2010

Many staff are missing following the quake, the United Nations said.

“The United Nations can confirm that the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince has sustained serious damage along with other UN installations,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain le Roy said in a statement issued in New York.

“For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for,” he said.

He said officials in Haiti were still trying to gather information on the effects of the quake, which caused chaos across the capital of the impoverished country just before nightfall, collapsing buildings and cutting power in the city.

The UN stabilisation force, which numbers about 9,000 troops and police, was sent in to try to bring order to the country that has been wracked by violence for years.

In another part of the city, at least two Americans, one of them a young aid worker related to a retired senior US naval officer, were believed to be among those trapped in the rubble.

The executive director of Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, Emily Smack, said the mission house house had partially collapsed during the earthquake.

She identified the staffers as the mission’s acting director, Jillian Thorp, and a management consultant, Charles Dietsch, who has been working with the ministry. (Haiti Earthquake Reference)

Haiti Earthquake Pictures

Haiti Earthquake Pictures

Haiti earthquake feared to have killed many

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s worst quake in two centuries seriously damaged the HQ of the UN mission in Haiti and a “large number” of its personnel are reported missing.

The national palace and a hospital are among other buildings badly damaged, and rescuers are digging under rubble.

Haiti’s envoy to the US said it was a “catastrophe of major proportions”.

The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.

The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards.

A Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince, Joseph Guyler Delva, said he had seen “dozens of dead and injured people” in the rubble of fallen buildings.

Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in Port-au-Prince, told colleagues in the US “there must be thousands of people dead”.

The aid worker had managed to phone his colleagues before communication links went down.

The BBC’s Nick Davies in neighbouring Jamaica says the ground apparently shook for more than a minute in Haiti.

Local people, he said, were using anything they could get their hands on – including farm equipment – to help release those trapped in the quake.

Our correspondent adds that, as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is likely to need international aid in order to cope with the quake’s impact.

‘Three million affected’

In a statement issued in New York, the UN said that its local HQ in Haiti had “sustained serious damage along with other UN installations”.

“A large number of personnel remain unaccounted for,” it added.

The UN stabilisation mission plays a vital role in ensuring security in Haiti.

Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, told CNN: “I think it is really a catastrophe of major proportions.”

He said he had just spoken to a government colleague in Port-au-Prince:

“He had to stop his car just about half an hour ago, and take to the streets, start walking, but he said houses were crumbling on the right side of the street and the left side of the street. He does not know whether he would reach his home, not knowing what he would find, because he had a bridge to cross to get there.”

Mike Blanpied of the US Geological Survey said that, based on the location and size of the quake, about three million people will have been severely shaken by its impact.

“This quake occurred under land as opposed to off-shore, so a lot of people were directly exposed to the shaking coming off that earthquake fault, which was quite shallow,” he told the BBC.

He added that as the quake had occurred near a highly populated urban area, the aftershocks could cause additional damage to already shaken buildings.

US President Barack Obama said in a statement that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the people of Haiti and America stood ready to assist them.

‘Rubble and wire’

An Associated Press cameraman saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, a hilly suburb of the capital, and Henry Bahn, a visiting official from the US Department of Agriculture, said he had seen houses which had tumbled into a ravine.

“Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken,” said Mr Bahn, who described the sky as “just grey with dust”.

He said he had been walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.

“I just held on and bounced across the wall,” he said.

“I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance.”

He said rocks were strewn all over the place, and the ravine where several homes had fallen in was “just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire”.

BBC News website readers in the Dominican Republic, which borders Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, said they had also felt the quake.

“My family is on the 8th floor of a tower in downtown Santo Domingo,” wrote Max Levine.

“We felt a swaying of the building for 5-10 seconds. All the lamps were swinging. There was a 20-second pause and then another similar sway. We rushed out of the building with many others to the street.”

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, a tsunami watch was put out for Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, but this was later lifted. (Earthquake In Haiti Reference)

USP Says Blood Drive A Success

USP Says Blood Drive A Success
Saturday, October 24, 2009

A large number of students and staff turned out for the University of the South Pacific’s blood drive at the Laucala Campus in Suva.

Organisers said they were surprised at the “strong” attendance. Sister Salaseini Boletawa of the USP medical centre said about 60 people turned up during the first four hours.

“The response from the university staff and students has been great and we expect about 20 to 30 more people to donate blood in the remaining hour,” she said.

The blood drive was held from midday till 5pm yesterday at the medical centre.

The medical centre also took advantage of the blood drive, and used video documentaries to educate donors on communicable, non-communicable and sexually transmitted diseases, and the preventative measures that could be taken.

The drive was joint effort between USP, the Fiji National Blood Service and the USP youth wing of Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji.

Fiji Times Reference