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Help Haiti

It’s been 7 long days since the horrendous earthquake hit Haiti, and help is still desperately needed.   There are many ways to give, but please beware of scams.   

Here are some links to ogranizations currently on the ground in Haiti:

American Red Cross:  Food and shelter are provided for emergency victims by this longstanding institution.

Brother’s Brother:   Soap, washcloths, and toothbrushes are among the items you can give to this Pittsburgh organization that is forwarding donations to Haiti.

Direct Relief International: This organization provides medical attention to those in emergencies.

Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders): Haitian obstetrics and trauma hospitals will benefit from your donation.

Mercy Corps: With your donation food, water, and shelter will be given to Haitian earthquake victims.

Partner in Health: You may donate time, materials, or money to this organziation that works to allieviate health problems in the poorest places in the world.

UNICEF: UNICEF will provide emergency relief for children, as it had done for many other emergencies throughout the world.

After you give, please take some time to get educated on Haiti’s rich history and culture.

Click on the cover photos to find the library records.

book jacketHaiti: a Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture, by  Charles Arthur.

Give yourself a solid background on everything Haiti.

book jacketNotes from the Last Testament: the Struggle for Haiti, By Michale Deibert.

Part memoir, part national history, the author Deibert specifically examines the overthrow of Haitian President Aristide.

book jacketOpen Gate: an Anthology of Haitian Creole Poetry, edited by  Paul Laraque & Jack Hirshman

Nature, violence, love, poverty, and more: all of Haitian life is explored in this poetry book.

book jacketVodou Nation: Haitian Art, Music, and Cultural Nationalism, by Michael Largey

This book explores the lives of Haitian musicians who used their art form to convey pride in their culture.

book jacketAvengers of the New World: the Story of the Haitian Revolution, by Laurent Dubois

Learn about how the slaves of Haiti fought and won their own freedom.

Product DetailsHaiti Cherie: Creole Favorites (Musical Recording), by TiCorn

Introduce yourself to traditional Haitian folk music.


If you can’t make it into the library to pick up materials, you can still learn about Haiti in our library databases, accessible from anywhere with your library card:

African American Experience: Search for “Haiti” and find articles about the history of Haiti, as well as Haitian Americans.

History Resource Center, World Edition:  Search  for “Haiti” and find hundreds of results, including articles, pictures, and primary sources.

Holly, CLP-Main

One Response

  1. […] efforts is truly inspiring.  Recently, our colleage Holly over in the Teen Department blogged for CLP Teensburgh about ways to help, and provided a short list of further readings on Haiti.  I highly recommend […]

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