Friends of the Earth Office Destroyed by Earthquake

Teams from Doctors Without Borders are working to provide surgery and basic care to as many patients as possible, but needs continue to outstrip available resources.© Doctors Without Borders

The Haiti offices of Friends of the Earth, a worldwide grassroots organization dedicated to addressing important environmental issues and social concerns around the world, were destroyed by the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti this past week. Haiti Survie, the Haitian chapter of the organization—a chapter that primarily focuses on reforestation, sustainable agriculture, global changes and waste management throughout the Caribbean—now finds itself dependent upon the goodwill of foreign community members and friends to help them rebuild their Haitian headquarters and assist with relief efforts that they are now incapable of carrying out themselves.

While it has been confirmed that Aldrin Calixte, the director of Haiti Survie, was unharmed by the disaster, he reports that many of his colleagues are still missing. For that reason, Friends of the Earth U.S. is calling on friends and supporters to contribute to the relief effort in any way they can. Those interested in making a direct donation to Friends of the Earth can do so through their website. Erich Pica, the president of Friends of the Earth, has also sent out an e-mail encouraging members to make contributions to other care and health organizations with offices in Haiti, such as Doctors without Borders, Partners in Health and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

SOURCES: Friends of the Earth Haiti ; Doctors Without Borders; Partners In Health; The International Committee of the Red Cross.