Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Help for Haiti- Accepting Donations of Any Kind

The people of Haiti are in desperate need.....they urgently need our assistance!

A Haitian boy waiting for comfort and healing
The Foundation for Peace (FFP) is actively helping in Jimani, while most international effort is focused in and around Port-au-Prince. FFP staff members Kristin, Luke, Julian, Isidro, Ruth and Leah have already been working in the overwhelmed hospital, manning a makeshift pharmacy and helping in any way they can.
We are also organizing to send water from our water purification system in Anse-a-pitre, Haiti to Jacmel, a hard hit area south of Port-au -Prince.

You can be part of the effort in two ways:

  1. Make a donation at: Donate Now
  2. Read on to find out how you can help in person

1. Join a mission team to serve in person

We are sending teams to Jimani to serve injured Haitian refugees who have been transported or walked to the border of the Dominican Republic (DR). The need is great and this location offers safety for our aid workers until the chaos is stabilized on the other side of the border. This is a logical crossing point, since it is a direct route to the DR from Port-au- Prince (see map).
Our teams (maximum of 20 each) will arrive on Sunday, stay overnight at our FFP House in Santo Domingo for team building and preparation before traveling to the border the following morning by bus. If you are under 18 years of age you must be accompanied by a parent. The team will be housed in the hospital or an adjacent guesthouse. We will then assist in whatever ways we can, primarily with patient care before returning back to Santo Domingo on Friday night for departures on Saturday. The cost of the trip will be round trip airfare to the DR (Santo Domingo airport-SDQ) and $90 per day including the day of arrival and departure. The FFP will use those funds to pay for the teams transportation, food, water, lodging and assistance for the Haitians.
The initial trips for February are open for sign-ups for the following dates. Go the sign up page by clicking here.
  1. February 7 - 13
  2. February 21 - 27
The trips listed for March will be opened for applications on February 8th after a review of the mission effort has been undertaken to see if we need to change our area of focus:
  1. February 28 - March 6
  2. March 14-20
You will be notified of the schedule for team preparation meetings (in person and by telephone) that will be mandatory and begin soon.
To better understand our work on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in recent years, click here. to watch a video of our past work.
If you want additional information, please contact Ken Culver at, Wendy Patchin at or call us at 973-813-6122.

2. Help collect items and load a shipping container

We are planning to load a 40 foot shipping container of goods to send to a Dominican port for transport to the border and into Haiti. We will be loading a 40 foot shipping container at:
Long Valley Presbyterian Church
39 Bartley Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853

The loading times will be:

  1. Friday, February 5th from 7- 9 p.m.
  2. Saturday, February 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The items needed for the container are:

  • Electrical generators
  • Bedding: sheets, pillows, twin bed mattresses and blankets
  • Food including dry goods including bags of beans, bags of rice (not minute rice), powdered milk, high protein flour and pasta, vegetable oil, canned tomato paste, canned sardines, canned tuna and baby food; all with an expiration date of more than a year
  • Healthcare supplies (cannot expire before September 2010): Bandages, gauze, tape, antibiotic cream/ointment, acteaminophen, ibuprofen, sanitary napkins, diapers, alcohol swabs, betadine, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, crutches, walkers and wheel chairs
  • Building materials: Wood (1/2 inch thick plywood, 1x12, 2x4, 2x6, 2x8 and 2x10), Electrical (wiring-12 gauge, light switches, light fixtures, switch boxes, switch box covers, and PCV pipe), louvered metal windows, doors (wood and metal), door handles and hinges
  • Medical clinic items: casting materials, furniture, crutches, slings, examination tables, IV poles, IV fluids (expiration after 2010)
  • New and used clothing: underwear, socks, summer clothing, shoes, flip-flops, and sandals . These items can only be used as packing for fragile items since they cannot be otherwise imported according to Dominican law)
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Used Clothing should be placed in bags, not boxes. All other small items should be placed in a box that is taped shut and a list of the contents are written on the outside of the box.

We want to thank you in advance for helping us meet the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters.

You can contribute on-line at by clicking here OR
Send a check as soon as possible that is payable to Foundation for Peace and mail to:
Foundation for Peace
P.O. Box 424
Ironia, NJ 07845
Please remember to hold all in your prayers. Thank you.
Please let me know if you'd like to donate.
*~ Have a Beautiful Day!~*

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