January 14, 2010
To the Chatham Community,
I am sure you have been following the tragic destruction and loss of life after Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti. We have all been emotionally moved by the images and stories coming from the island, and now is the time for us to help. As with past natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian tsunami, the Chatham community has come together to assist in whatever way possible. Several initiatives are already underway on campus and will continue through Martin Luther King Day on Monday and beyond. Listed below is information on a few organizations in Pittsburgh and elsewhere that are assisting United Nations and United States relief efforts.
In a Washington Post op-ed this morning, former President Bill Clinton noted that this is “one of the great humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas” that could ultimately affect nearly a third of Haiti’s population. As we approach Monday’s holiday which honors the life and legacy of America’s greatest Civil Rights champion, we should remember the words of Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Please visit the sites below and help in whatever way you can, and thank you for your assistance.
Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti
Pittsburgh and Chatham have held a long-standing relationship with Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles. The Hospital was founded in 1956 by William Larimer Mellon Jr. on the site of a former banana plantation. He and his wife left Pittsburgh and dedicated their wealth and talent to serve the people of Haiti. Many Chatham trustees, faculty and students were involved with the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in the 1990s until dangerous conditions in the country prohibited further travel. Thanks to the Mellons’ generosity the hospital was built to higher construction standards than other buildings in the country and has survived the quake, and so it is now at the epicenter of treating the injured.
Please mark check for Earthquake Relief and send your check to:
Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer
6740 Reynolds St., 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Brother’s Brother Foundation
• Donations of toothpaste, non-liquid soap, toothbrushes, washcloths, and wet wipes/baby wipes are being collected for Brother’s Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh. (No clothes or medications will be accepted.) A list of donation guidelines can be found at http://www.brothersbrother.org/haitidonorguide.htm
• BBF is also collecting monetary donations. You can donate securely online from the online donation form using a credit card. Please mark check for “Haiti earthquake relief.”
Brother’s Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Contribute online to the Red Cross
For those interested in helping immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.
Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information