Haiti: What You Can Do To Help Women and Children

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Dear Friends,

Many thanks for all of your contributions to any and all organizations that are providing support to the people of Haiti. These are greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, in many camps essentials such as food and clothing are not yet widely available, especially for women and children.

As with most other natural disasters, the strongest and the fittest tend to dominate disaster supply chain and distribution. Women and young girls are the last to have access to the supplies chain and distribution points. So they do not receive the supplies that they most urgently need in addition to food and water. So it is in Haiti. Rape of young girls and women is also a growing problem.

Haitian women, young girls and youths are in need of:

- Feminine supplies, combs, feminine wipes, panties, bras and clothes and other support (especially for pregnant women and new mothers). - Personal/household supplies for birth delivery and after: (rubbing alcohol or disposable anti-germicidal substitutes) - Baby wipes, baby wraps, pampers, socks and caps and supplies for nursing mothers/newborn - Clothing and under garments for women and young girls - Bedding & blankets for babies and mothers. - Urgent need for the morning after pill (rape of girls and young women is becoming a problem, and frequently occurs in the aftermath of most disasters). - Any items that you think would be useful for women and girls. - In general any supplies (such as toothpaste, tooth brushes etc) that can be used for daily living for men, women, boys and girls are welcome.

Donations can be left in the accompanying box and or may be sent directly to:

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR HAITI Sergia Galvan and Mayra Tavarez Colectiva Mujeres Y Salud/CAFRA Calle Socomo Sanchez No 74, Gazcu, Santo Domingo DR Tel: 1-809-682-3128 or 1-809-315-0571

Other ways you can help are through donations to the Global Fund for Women Crisis Fund or by joining and sharing the Facebook Cause "Supporting Women and Girls in Haiti".

This is a specific drive for Emergency Supplies for Haitian women and girls that is being sponsored by the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA) and Colectiva Mujers Y Salud (Women’s Health Collective), Dominican Republic, and the CAFRA Youth League in Haiti. This assistance is being transferred primarily through the Myriam Merlet* International Solidarity Camp directly to women and women´s organizations.

*Myriam Merlet was a National Representative of CAFRA who was killed during the earthquake. US contacts: Mariama Williams/Stephanie Ebanks, 561-512-3756 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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