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January 21, 2010 
 
 
NON-PROFITS LEAD HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS

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The Haitian ambassador to the US joined Washington non-profit and business leaders yesterday to discuss responses to the earthquake that has reportedly led to up to 200,000 deaths.
 
Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph

We snapped Ambassador Raymond Joseph explaining Haiti's history of helping the US. "By defeating the troops of Napoleon, we helped you get the Louisiana territory. . . .That's 13 states, folks. I say that's Haiti's gift to America." He went on to say that today, Haiti is in dire need of America's help. The ambassador also expressed the need for long term aid: "I don't want you to be tired after two, three weeks of CNN and then just lose interest in the crisis." He concluded by giving the audience his cell number: "I promise to answer all calls . . . in due time." To hear the ambassador directly, check out our video.

 
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American Red Cross of the National Capital Area CEO Linda Mathes

Organizations need not rush to put together contributions because aid will be needed over the long haul, says Red Cross of the National Capital Area CEO Linda Mathes. "What took minutes to destroy will take years to rebuild." Linda said she did not have a figure for how much had been donated in the DC area, but more than $100 million has been raised across the country. Linda credited social media for the massive response. She says she's been working round-the-clock since the earthquake: "There have just been no calm, quiet moments to sit back and reflect." But she tells us she's learned to stay focused— sleep or no sleep. "I can at no point crumble."

Major Steve Morris, Area Commander of the Salvation Army of the National Capital Area

The Salvation Army, serving in Haiti since 1950, flew its first post-quake flight into the country last Thursday and has flown in every day since then, says Major Steve Morris, area commander of the local Salvation Army chapter. He just got word that the airport in Port-au-Prince will no longer be available to NGOs until Feb. 4. Yesterday, Salvation Army secured a 747 that will leave this weekend with a payload of 400,000 pounds. In times of emergency, he says it's no longer a question of getting the best deal, but the most important deal. Within the next 30-60 days, it will put together a team of counseling professionals to help Haitians dealing with trauma. Steve says he may be heading to Haiti in the next week to help with the counseling.

Washington DC Police Foundation exec director Lois Frankel and American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists exec director Peter Rosenstein

Washington DC Police Foundation exec director Lois Frankel and American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists exec director Peter Rosenstein. Peter tells us there have been 70 amputations a day in Haiti, and he's looking to mobilize some of his 3,000 members in the prosthetics profession. AAOP also gave an upfront donation of $5,000 to the Red Cross. Lois tells us the crisis hit home for her because she lived in Haiti for a year after college, working in a tree nursery and helping with economic research. Over the weekend, she and her nine-year-old daughter joined friends for a bake sale benefiting earthquake relief. They raised $867 outside the Bethesda Giant. Girl Scouts, look out!


LAST NIGHT'S HEART FOR HAITI
 
Washington Councilmember Harry Thomas, Office Movers’ CEO John Kane, and Washington DC Economic Partnership's CEO Steve Moore at a Heart for Haiti
Proof that Linda really doesn’t have a spare minute: We spotted her again last night at the Hyatt Regency for A Heart for Haiti, a fundraising event benefiting the Red Cross' Haiti disaster relief fund. She's joined here by Washington Councilmember Harry Thomas, Office Movers’ CEO John Kane, and Washington DC Economic Partnership's CEO Steve Moore. The event was one of the largest rapid response fundraising efforts in Washington. More than $50,000 was raised last night alone.

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