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Links to Donate to Help Haiti


Will you please consider joining DadeCoSurf in making a contribution to one of the following organizations that can put your money to work immediately to provide food, water and medical care for earthquake victims?


SOIL - Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. We believe that the path to sustainability is through transformation, of both disempowered people and discarded materials, turning apathy and pollution into valuable resources. (


Doctors without Borders:

Partners in Health:

The International Committee of the Red Cross:



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CR Surf Travel Co. has donated $20 to the ICRC. If you can help, they need it..



We have pleasure in acknowledging receipt of USD 20.- as your donation towards the humanitarian activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in : Haiti.

The generosity of donors enables the ICRC to pursue its various activities worldwide and bring relief for the suffering of victims of armed conflicts.

You will soon receive a confirmation email with the details of your donation as received by our secure web server. Both documents can be used when applying for any tax deduction for which you might be eligible. As indicated on our web site, the ICRC is a Swiss international organization, so if you do not pay tax in Switzerland your donation to the ICRC will probably not be tax-deductible. Please check with your local tax authority if a donation to the ICRC is tax-deductible in your country/county. Don't hesitate to contact us for any further requests.

We thank you for your interest and support, which are greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Private sector fundraising
International Committee of the Red Cross

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From Wyatt - I know we have all been horrified by the images coming out of Haiti as a result of the terrible earthquake that hit yesterday. This morning Raquel and I made a donation to the Red Cross and I encourage everyone to do the same (see link below.) Moreover, for the next two weekends on Saturday morning from 9:30 AM to noon you can drop off clothing, towels, bedding, and personal hygiene supplies at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. So go into your closets and cabinets and find items to donate. One of our friends owns a freight forwarding company that does business in Haiti. She is coordinating the delivery of the supplies with other charities in South Florida. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated. Peacock Park - 9:30 AM to Noon 2820 McFarlane Road DIRECTIONS:,0,685296395... &fb=1&hq=peacock+park&hnear=coconut+grove+florida&gl=us&daddr=2820+McFarlane +Road,+Miami,+FL+33133-6009&geocode=5979315101643687371,25.725761,-80.240305 &ei=_-1NS4PAJoG-NrWX1IEN&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=directions-to&resnum=1&ved= 0CAwQngIwAA RED CROSS:


For those who cannot give monetarily, please take the time to donate your time, gently used clothing, non-perishable food, water, medical supplies etc. Every little bit helps.

South Florida:

  • BankUnited is collecting baby food in cans, bottled water and powdered milk at all of its branches.
  • MedExpress Urgent Care is accepting donations of medical supplies at its centers in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens, and Royal Palm Beach. Items include unopened band aids, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and other pain relievers, including those in children’s dosages.
  • Martino Tire locations throughout South Florida is accepting relief supplies and donations for Haiti. To make a donation please contact service sales manager, Charlie Rodriguez at 305-790-8303, or email him at

Broward County:

  • Three South Florida Foot Solutions stores, on behalf of Soles4Souls, are collecting gently used shoes for earthquake victims. Soles4Souls is an international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in desperate need. The store locations are: 2135 University Drive, Coral Springs; 8225 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; and 3789 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach.
  • Food for the Poor, a Coconut Creek-based ministry that serves the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America, is collecting donations at The organization also is collecting canned meat and fish; water; and condensed, evaporated and powdered milk at its warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek.
  • The Broward County Medical Association needs checks, medical supplies, food and water. Donations may be made in person at the association foundation, 5101 NW 21st Ave., Suite 440, Fort Lauderdale, or by calling 954-714-9772.
  • Sunrise Fire-Rescue is accepting donations of blankets, clothing and nonperishable food at Fire Station 39 at the Village Civic Center, 6800 Sunset Strip. Relief supplies will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The city will not accept checks or cash.
  • Miramar is collecting nonperishable food, water and medical supplies, including flashlights and batteries to aid the victims. Collection hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., beginning Saturday through Monday. Donation locations are: Fire Rescue Station 19, 6700 Miramar Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 70, 9001 Miramar Parkway; Miramar Police Department, 3064 N. Commerce Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 84, 14801 SW 27th Street; Fire Rescue Station 100, 2800, SW 184th Ave.
  • City of Hallandale Beach
    The City of Hallandale Beach along with Hallandale Magnet High School will be collecting canned goods, dry milk and clothing for the people of Haiti. Drop off at any of the three Fire Stations or at Hallandale High School, 720 NW 9th Ave.
  • Panthers Haiti Aid The Florida Panthers will be collecting money, clothing and non-perishable goods before and during their next home games, Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dade County:

  • Spanish Broadcasting System’s four Miami radio stations and its Mega TV Channel 22 are launching a 12-hour fundraising and donation drive on Friday to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. SBS will accept donations of water, canned food and other items for distribution by the Catholic Church of Notre Dame D’Haïti from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Miami’s Bird Bowling and Entertainment Center.
  • Students collecting aid for Haiti beginning Wednesday morning:
    Drop off location for water, food, clothing, blankets, etc.
    Slalom Community Church
    900 N.E. 132nd Street
    North Miami, FL
  • Miami Heat and the American Airlines Arena are accepting donations of bottled water, towels, clothing and non-perishable canned goods between Jan. 14 and Jan. 25 in the Container on Wheels storage containers at the American Airlines Arena’s Gate 3 on Northeast Eighth Street. Representatives for the Heat and the arena said that each person who makes a donation will receive a ticket voucher good for two tickets to select Heat games in February. Drop-offs will be accepted at the following times:
    • Jan. 14 to Jan. 17: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Jan. 18 to Jan 22: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • On the following days, donations will be collected at the corner of Port and Biscayne boulevards:
    • Jan. 19: 8 a.m. to end of game
    • Jan. 23: 6:30 p.m. to end of game
    • Jan. 25: 8 a.m. to end of game
  • City of North Miami The city of North Miami is partnering with Miami-Dade County and the National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) and other government and non-profit agencies on relief efforts for Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake. Click here for more information.
  • Homestead Job Corps Center
    Drop off candles, flashlights, lanterns, clothing, blankets, etc. to:
    Homestead Job Corps Center – Vocational Building
    12350 SW 285 St.
    Homestead, FL 33033 Or call Lorraine Edinger 305-257-4837 or Lesly Diaz 305-257-4807
  • Westminster Christian and Palmer Trinity Schools
    Drop off water at Westminster Christian High School:
    6855 SW 152 St.
    Palmetto Bay.
    Palmer Trinity
    7900 S.W. 176 St.
    Palmetto Bay.
  • Sustainable Four & PrimeTime Boat Rentals
    Sustainable Four and PrimeTime Boat Rentals are collecting items for Haiti relief at First Street & Alton Road from Wednesday, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and all weekend along. Please place donations in boxes or sturdy plastic bags. Please label the bag or boxes containing donations, if possible.
  • COWs – Container on WheelsTM Haiti Earthquake Donation Drive
    COWs-USA, LLC ( announced it will lead a donation drive to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In cooperation with A Plus Mini Storage, COWsTM will collect donations for immediate distribution to the Red Cross. Clothing, water, dry and canned goods will be accepted.
    • A Plus Mini Storage drop off locations:
    • -12981 SW 137 Avenue, Miami 33186
    • -12200 SW 117 Avenue, Miami 33186
    • -8395 SW 67 Avenue, Miami, 33143
    • -1640 NW 87 Avenue, Doral 33172
    • -9901 NW 58 Street, Doral 33178
    • -5301 W 20 Avenue, Hialeah 33012

West Palm Beach:

  • The Palm Beach County Medical Society is requesting medical supplies such as antibiotics, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and other pain relievers, bandages, gauze, needles, IV bags and vitamins. Please bring supplies to the medical society, 3540 Forest Hill Blvd., No. 101, West Palm Beach. For information, call 561-433-3940.
  • For the Children, headquartered in Lake Worth, is sending donations of water, batteries, first aid kits, sleeping bags, tents, shoes, toiletry items, and food to Haiti. Drop off sites are at 1012 South Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, or 1718 South Douglas St., Lake Worth.
  • The International Firefighters Assistance, founded by West Palm Beach Fire Department Lt. Nate Lasseur, is seeking relief supplies or donations. People can bring non-perishable food tems, bottled water and medical supplies to any West Pam Beach fire station. Donations can be made by Paypal to, or to IFA, 10693 Wiles Road, Suite 119, Coral Springs, FL 33076.
  • Boca Raton fire stations are collection points for donations of non-perishable food, water and medical supplies. Items donated will be transported to the Port of Palm Beach to be shipped to ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.
  • Delray MRI, located on the grounds of Delray Medical Center at 5270 Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach, is a drop off site for donations of relief supplies to Haitian victims.
  • The Palm Beach County school district has partnered with the Red Cross, Missionary Flights International and United Way to help Haitian earthquake victims. In addition to making cash donations to these organizations, district employees can donate snack fod, cereal, peanut buttter, blankets, towels, washclothes, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, first aid kits and antibiotics. Two drop off locations are WRMB, Moody Radio, 1511 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, and New Life Alliance Church, 1815 Forest Hill Blvd., Lake Clarke Shores.
  • Maranatha Church is a collection site for relief supplies. People can drop of non-perishable food, water, batteries, towels, blanks, clothes and other items at 2575 Lone Pine Road, Palm Beach Gardens.
  • The JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity is collecting clothing, non-perishable food, and other spplies for the emergency relief effort. Collection points are at the Lore and Eric F. Ross JCC, 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561-740-9000; JCC North, 4803 PGA Boulevard, Midtown, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-689-7700; the Rosenblatt Early Childhood Learning Center, 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 561-640-5603; Temple Beth Torah, 900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington, 561-676-4104.


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More links to help:

For information about family members in Haiti,

* In the U.S., Haiti Earthquake Task Force at 1-888-407-4747.
* Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.
* Americans in Haiti can call the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Task Force at:
509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322 or 509-2229-8672.
* Americans are urged to contact the Embassy via email at to request assistance.

Sending Help to Haiti

* Visit the State Department Website ( to see how you can send immediate help.
* Other relief organizations and websites with information on how to send help to the Haitian people:
South Florida Red Cross –;
* Aid info:
In Spanish: comunidad/74-ayudando-a-haiti.html


* Broward County - 954.797.3800;
* Miami-Dade (Central Dade Branch) - 305.644.1200
* Miami-Dade (North Dade Branch) - 305.681.1066
* Miami-Dade (South Dade Branch) - 305.248.2024
* Monroe County - 305.296.4033

Greater Miami Jewish Federation:
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Stanley C. Myers Building
4200 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
305.576.4000 (X 428)

Habitat for Humanity -

International Medical Corps -

International Red Cross -

Mercy Corps -

Save the Children -

World Vision -


First State Bank of the Florida Keys is organizing supplies and relief. For more information contact Donald Lanman at

* Follow @wyclef on Twitter to see how you can help via text message

* Contact to find out more about how you can help a team of doctors and paramedics working to get to Haiti.


*Supplies needed: First Aid/Medical supplies, bottled water, canned goods, clothing*

* In Palm Beach County, drop off supplies at St. Ignatius Catholic Church (9999 N. Military Trail, P.B.Gardens, FL 33410), at the outreach office. Contact Person: Sandy Kutcel (Director of Outreach) - (561) 627-7478

* In Dade County, drop off supplied at St. Timothy Catholic Church (5400 SW 102nd Ave, Miami, FL, 33164). Contact: Richard Jean (Principal of St. Timothy’s School) – (305) 274-8229 x255

* Guidelines for Donations: Center for International Disaster Information’s Guidelines and FAQ’s:

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Sasha Kramer March 7 at 10:27pm Reply
Dear friends,

I am sorry that I have been out of touch for the past several weeks. Every day is like a lifetime and at the end we just collapse into bed after a cold shower, and in the morning we sit up and look out at the camp spread before us and the whirlwind begins again. But most of us have managed to hold on to our sanity, tethering our minds to our work. As the weeks go by the city begins to look more familiar, the shattered buildings have become a part of my mindscape and there are moments when I barely notice them. People wind through the traffic jams and the streets are lined with vendors, people who have left the camps during the day to return to their old sites along the street, sitting in front of their crumbled homes selling fried food and soaps. Children run around the camps in packs and their laughter filters through my pillows.

As the weeks drag into months I remain in awe of the ways in which people maintain their dignity, I am amazed by the discipline and kindness of hungry people. I think of how hunger can affect my own mood and wonder if I would be as compassionate and full of humor if I had not eaten for days. Despite the deepest resilience there is an anger brewing, a frustration with the fact that aid is not moving fast enough and as we move into the rainy season tens of thousands of people will be stranded without tents. Haiti has struggled with poverty for centuries but it was not a nation of homeless people. Haiti was a country held together by family and community and very few adults slept on the street. Before January 12 no one would have considered camping in Port au Prince, now over a million people sleep in the streets every night, forced to lay aside their fears as they drift off to sleep in a sea of neighbors and strangers.

For nearly 2 months Nick and I slept behind Matthew 25 house in the middle of a small tent city of some of our dearest friends, volunteers and doctors, adjacent to a camp with about 1400 people sleeping in it. Every night I left my purse next to my bed, and being myself I often left it out there in the morning when I went for coffee. In 2 months I never had a single thing stolen nor felt unsafe in any way. I even became accustomed to the evangelical woman with a megaphone who begins circulating around 4:30 am. I am used to the pace of life here, the easy smiles and the tough stares, the animated arguments and voiceless interchanges, but I will never cease to be impressed with the grace of the Haitian people, even in the face of inexplicable suffering.

Time passes and we have continued with our relief efforts though our strategy is shifting. We will continue to give food and water for the coming month, but we are also beginning to focus on sanitation solutions that could help prevent the spread of disease as the situation in Port au Prince shifts from emergency to recovery. Nick and I began attending the sanitation cluster meetings during our first week in Port au Prince, to get a better sense of the various actors. Just as people never slept in the street before the earthquake, there was no active interest in sanitation in Haiti prior to Jan 12. For centuries Port au Prince’s human wastes have been dumped into the ocean, rivers and fields without treatment. Before there was no question of where our wastes were going, and now the halls of DINEPA (the government direction of portable water and sanitation) are flooded with representatives of all of the world’s big organizations, everyone clamoring to get a handle on the sanitation crisis that has been unveiled by the earthquake.

Prior to the earthquake Haiti had by far the lowest sanitation coverage in the hemisphere and heavy child mortality due to water borne disease. In a city of more than 2 million people, hundreds of thousands never had access to a toilet and were forced to go to the bathroom in plastic bags or in nearby ravines. The sanitation crisis did not come from the earthquake, the earthquake only exacerbated it, as people spilled into the streets so too did their secrets, and when you don’t have a toilet, sanitation is a secret. Now the spotlight of international attention is directed on Haiti and it is impossible to ignore the increasingly dire sanitation crisis. Given that more than half a million people are displaced, there is a need for a minimum of 10,000 toilets to safely serve a population of that size. Two months after the crisis there are less than 3000 toilets in place in the camps and many of those that have been installed may be damaged in the coming rains.

In Petionville the two main squares are now home to over 13,000 people and only 15 portable toilets. Imagine if there are 866 people per toilet and 720 minutes in the day, that would mean that for everyone to use the toilet once a day there would be less than 1 minute per person. Also at the rate the toilets are being used, they need to be emptied every day and there are currently not enough desludging trucks in Port au Prince to service all of the toilets being installed. When the toilets are emptied they are taken to a new site set up by the government which is in the middle of the city dump. To get to the site you pass through piles of burning garbage the size of football fields. Hundreds of people come to the dump every day to scavenge for pieces of metal, and firewood. At the end of the steaming garbage there are 4 pits, dug shortly after the earthquake. The sludge from the toilets is dumped into or near the puts where it is mixed with all kinds of garbage and medical wastes. Now only 1 month after the holes were dug they are full and every day the amount of human wastes coming out of the camps is increasing.

Please read part 2 to see what SOIL is doing...


SOIL is a small organization and we do not have the capacity to make an impact in terms of number of toilets, but we are innovative and we are planning on being in Haiti for the long haul. So we have chosen to focus our efforts on piloting ecological technologies and helping as best we can to coordinate between other large agencies to increase the efficiency and cultural appropriateness of service delivery. This week we began a project in collaboration with OXFAM – GB to construct 50 urine diversion toilets, 100 arborloos and construct a pilot composting site for Port au Prince. We will be working on this project for the next 6 months while continuing to move forward with our sanitation work in the north. We hope that our pilot work and our dedicated networking will help to create sustainable sanitation systems in Haiti. We are committed to breaking the cycle of disease that happens when people come in contact with untreated human wastes by rebuilding the nutrient cycle. By recycling human wastes through composting, the pathogens die off and the nutrients can be reused to enhance agriculture and feed people, breaking the disease cycle and closing nutrient cycle.

With the rainy season just weeks away, organizations focusing on health in the camps have warned of large-scale risk for outbreak of diarrhea due to the high density of the camps, the lack of proper waste management services, and poor sanitation services. The pace of aid is slow and the level of dissatisfaction is understandably growing. Sometimes frustration washes through me and I remember what Rea always says to me “se’m pa janm dekouraje” which translates to “my sister never give up”. If Rea can stand strong and keep fighting, fiercely moving through the dust of the crumbled buildings, then surely we can all find the strength to keep moving forward.

The rain began to fall a few days ago and I could feel the city shudder. As the rubble runs down the main streets and the latrines fill we feel even more committed to our work. I drift off to sleep at night, willing my heart to slow after the madness of the day, before I sleep it returns to the rhythm that reminds me that there is nowhere in the world I would rather be. Many organizations filled with good hearted people will come and go, restricted by security rules and short term contracts, but SOIL will stay and we will do our best to be the glue that holds together all of the incredible souls, Haitian and international, who are working for reconstruction and a sustainable future.

To maintain our immediate relief and sustainable sanitation work we need your support. Everyone has been so generous and I know how difficult times are for all of us. We ask you to continue to supporting our work on any level that you are able. Your love and donations can make a difference.

With love from Port au Prince,

You can donate online at or send a check made out to SOIL to SOIL, 124 Church Rd., Sherburne, NY 13460.

Wish list:
1. Laptop computers (we now have a new office and new employees so we are in desperate need of working laptops that can hold charge and connect to the internet.
2. Digital cameras (as our team spreads out it becomes more and more important that everyone in the group can document their work through photos so that we can share it with you).
3. Tents (tents are impossible to get right now in Haiti but if you have a link for a way to get cheap waterproof tents you can send them to Miami and we will find a way to get them to Haiti)
4. USB keys (we need to get them for all of our employees and some of our grassroots partners so that we are able to share documents easily).
5. Rechargeable AA batteries and charger
6. Cordless drill (need several, one for Cap one for PAP)
7. Backpacks (need some good travellin’ backpacks as our team is going back and forth between Cap Haitien and Port au Prince)
8. Video camera (need a flip camera for Cap Haitien to document work in the north)
9. Little moleskin notebooks (oddly invaluable)
10. A Daihatsu truck for moving compost in Port au Prince. We need to raise $25,000 to get the poop-mobile… can you help?

We also welcome other material donations such as medicines, shoes and clothing, but given the tremendous logistical challenges of getting supplies shipped into the country, we ask that you organize a way to get the supplies to Haiti and we will be more than happy to help distribute them. We prefer, whenever possible to buy all of our aid supplies in Haiti through donations, thereby supporting the local economy, but there are some things, such as those on the list above, that cannot be found here. If you can send any of the items on this wish list please let me know so I can have a sense of what I need to keep looking for. Any material donations from the list should be mailed in the next week (if possible) to the following address:

Sasha Kramer
c/o Kefryn Reese
1429 SW 15th Street
Miami, FL 33405

On the good news front, our dear friend, founding member of SOIL and dedicated colleague Rea Dol was featured on the New York Times website this weekend. Please have a look and learn more about one of the most amazing women I have had the honor to meet in Haiti.

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Dear Friends,

It is the holiday season in Haiti, and despite the events of the last year, I find myself surprisingly thankful. Thankful to be in this country where hope miraculously trumps despair; thankful to be surrounded by courageous friends and colleagues who have been fighting tirelessly against seemingly insurmountable challenges; thankful for those of you around the world who have not forgotten Haiti. I am thankful and I am also heartbroken. Heartbroken to see new tents appearing in a country where 1.1 million people are still homeless, these tents to house those sick with cholera; heartbroken to see tap taps once again turned to ambulances; heartbroken when I catch a glimpse of fear behind someone’s smiling eyes. Haiti has taught me gratitude in the face of heartbreak. So I ask all of you to be thankful this holiday season and, if you are able, to share your gratitude by contributing to a cause that moves you.

Happy holidays from Haiti,

Sasha Kramer, Co-Founder and Executive Director

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