The tragedy unfolding in Haiti following the earthquake on January 10 is stunning in its proportions and sobering in its implications. Aftershocks felt in Haiti ripple in effect as Brooklyn’s huge Haitian Diaspora community of over 100,000 people suffer from afar. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go out to all who have lost family members and friends or who still await word of their loved ones whereabouts in Haiti.
History teaches us that while the earthquake lasted only moments, its damage extends well into the future – and well beyond physical destruction and loss. Local organizations here in Brooklyn will be called upon to address the immediate and long-term needs of surviving children, seniors, and young adults who relocate to be with family members or friends. They will all need support, strength and commitment from all Brooklynites to help build and rebuild the destruction resulting from this natural disaster.
As an organization devoted to helping support Brooklyn's communities, nonprofits and its people, the Brooklyn Community Foundation is rapidly working to create a fund that will provide nonprofits with new resources to respond to the inevitable aftershock of this earthquake on our vibrant Haitian community.
We will send regular updates to keep you informed about our progress and hope that you will support us in this endeavor to support our dear neighbors here in Brooklyn.
As news reports continue to flood with calls for immediate relief, we encourage you to donate to the effective national and international rescue organizations that have mobilized to provide emergency response and relief, some of which we have listed below.
President, Brooklyn Community Foundation