Help for Haitian Hurricane victims in the Dominican Republic
From Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, 11 October 1998
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) and Haitian American Women Advocacy Network (HAWANET) is working in collaboration with Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA) to provide relief to hurricane victims in the Dominican Republic.
MUDHA is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by Dominican-born Haitian women to assist Haitian immigrants adapt to life in the Dominican Republic. Currently MUDHA is spearheading efforts to provide relief to dis placed Haitians residing in the Dominican Republic, the country most affected by Hurricane Georges.
Hardest hit was the Sabana Grande de Boya region, where it has been reported that as many as thirteen Bateys--housing community for 400,000 Haitians--have been completely destroyed, virtually leaving the entire community homeless. In addition to the rise of many diseases, an immediate threat is a raging diarrhea epidemic, the result of drinking polluted water.
While humanitarian aid has reached the larger sector of the Dominican population, none has been rationed out to Haitians. In fact, the Dominican government as well as international relief organization have yet to visit areas with dense Haitian population neither to fully access damages of meet their immediate needs. Many speculate that politics and the clashing history of these two countries may be responsible for this gross inconsistency.
To initiate relief efforts to this neglected population, HWHR, HAWANET & MUDHA are asking for the following donations:
FIRST AID SUPPLIES: alcohol, peroxide, band-aids, hydrocortisone cream, etc. CANNED & DRY FOOD: Beans, rice, fruits & vegetables, Baby cereal, powder milk, OVER- THE COUNTER- MEDICATION: Aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Mylanta, Imodium, PERSONAL HYGIENE GOODS: Toothpaste/toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, etc.
All donations should be sent to:
NOTE: Those who wish to make monetary tax deductible contributions should
make checks payable to MUDHA, Inc. For more information call HWHR at
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