If you’re looking at our blog, or have read our newsletters chances are you and I have had a conversation on the phone or in person.
AND, if that is the case you probably inquired about my accent.
I am from Haiti.
I was born and raised in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, 100 miles north of the epicenter of the earthquake that hit in January. I learned of the news much like the rest of the country, online, on television, on the radio. I had many friends and family in the center of quake. And much like you, I’ve seen the pictures from volunteers, news organizations, even friends. They are devastating.
But, this event wasn’t entirely tragic.
The Quake has been a wake up call for many to volunteer and help out in whatever way they can. And not just in Haiti, but around the world. Everyone I know has helped out and done what they can, from donating money, to providing blankets, food, and supplies, for those on the ground. In general many of us seem to have a renewed sense of compassion for our fellow man.
For nearly a year I had been working on a project in Haiti centered around telecommunication. The quake and devastation hit, friends, and partners were lost, and we had to scrap the project.
But, from the wake of the initial idea and the course of events over the last 2 months, the project has been renewed – with a new purpose. I have teamed up with new friends and partners to develop an automated phone line that provides free information for those in Haiti.
Only about half of the Haitian population has access to telecommunications devices (phone line, cell phone, computer or VOIP).
This was always a challenge for those wishing to communicate in Haiti, but in the days since the quake has proven even more problematic. People need to find information and resources in order to survive. They need information immediately. They need it at no cost.
With this system those on the ground can locate basic services such as food, hospitals, shelters, distribution centers, and more…
If you have any friends or loved ones in Haiti, or simply wish to spread the word about this service, please do so.
To learn more about Rele Anmwe please visit the site www.releanmwe.org