On January 18th, AFSC's Greensboro office held a volunteer day to make disaster relief kits for Haiti. Thanks to the enormous turnout we had, it was a huge success! We were covered by many news outlets, some of which are linked below.
We made nearly twice as many kits as we expected for Haiti -- final count is 97 -- and also produced over 70 kits for local use. We think this is a great way to demonstrate the way that issues of poverty and economic justice cross borders, and affect us here in the Triad.
Listen to the special phone briefing and conversation on AFSC's investment with communities after disaster. Recorded after the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, it also discusses the years of work by AFSC in Indonesia in response of the Tsunami.
Mark your calendar for this special event. We look forward to seeing you. Please see http://www.matenwaclc.org/ to learn about the School, and for updates on the effects of the earthquake on the community.
June 2006, Community Social Advocates rally against negative immigration reform.
The Community Social Advocacy Program specifically targets Haitian and Latino communities but provides services to all who participate. The Program aims to broaden the base of immigrants' knowledge about their rights, collaborate with community leaders and organizations to promote the immigrant community's needs and rights, provide a public voice with regard to immigration reform, as well as provide necessary legal information and services.
The Community Social Advocates provide a variety of presentations and training for the community on topics including:
We're glad to report that AFSC’s assessment team has returned safely from Haiti where they spent time in Port-au-Prince viewing firsthand the immense devastation of the capital city. They report that the formal structures that keep a country running were very hard hit, especially because many government ministers and mid-level civil servants died in the quake. Many institutions that were the pillars of the community such as churches, medical facilities, and schools were badly damaged or were destroyed.
Geri Sicola, AFSC Associate General Secretary and Jorge Laffitte, director of the Latin America/Caribbean region have been in Haiti for several days and are continuing their assessment to find potential longer-term projects for AFSC.
Jorge Laffitte, AFSC director of the Latin America/Caribbean region, traveled to Haiti yesterday and sent a few observations via Skype. He is doing well, has begun his assessment to find potential longer-term projects for AFSC, and has visited with the AFSC-funded food distribution program.
“The situation in Port-au-Prince is calm, but transit in Port-au-Prince is chaotic. It may take more than an hour to move between short distances.
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