480Fw: Haiti Event
- Jul 12, 2010A number of you have asked how you can help in Haiti. Although I haven't heard the question for over a month, if you're still interested, you might wish to attend this Palo Alto event on July 21st.
Since I know nothing more about this, please direct any questions to Peter Drekmeier. His email is at the end of the message.
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From: Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
Subject: Haiti Event
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:02:56 -0700
Six months after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the plight
of the island nation is no longer a lead story, but the people are as
desperate as ever. Please come and hear from Kelly Kobza, a native
Palo Altan who recently returned from Haiti, for a briefing on the
current situation and how you can help out. Having spent three months
in Haiti on a self-led mission to serve the greater good, Kelly
returned to Palo Alto compelled and committed to do more for the cause.
Kelly will present a slideshow at World Centric (behind JJ&F Market)
in Palo Alto on Wednesday, July 21 at 7pm. Here are the details:
Serving the Greater Good: Haiti
A presentation by Kelly Kobza
Wednesday, July 21, 7pm
at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
Kelly writes: "As I was winding down during my last month in Haiti, I
began assessing the needs of the people, an overwhelming task, and
refining my focus. There are far too many problems: leadership is
vague to non-existent, infrastructure has collapsed and the
earthquakes have further crippled an already lame society. Haitian
people are beautiful, dignified and, yes, needy. There is a
sanitation problem the likes of which I personally have never seen.
Education is in dire straits and public health issues are
surmounting. Relief efforts are touching just the tip of the
iceberg. So where does one start? Well I intend to begin where I
can, at home. My hometown is Palo Alto, though I am going to live in
Haiti so that I can be there doing work I find meaningful and
sustainable. I intend to invite people from Palo Alto and the region
to come to Haiti, to give a slice of their time in whatever way they
possibly can. I know there are people, who once they see the
problems, will, as I did, begin to think about how they can
participate in solutions. I can plan small actions like visiting
orphanages, beach clean-ups, reforestation plantings, guest teaching
stints, workshops on a variety of topics, actually, any number of
activities. I'm willing, able and excited to host people who would
like to make a difference. I'm asking all friends and family to stop
and think, what can I do to serve the greater good?," in this case
with a focus on Haiti. I know there are those among us who are not
interested in traveling to Haiti, but who would like to help. I'm
asking that one and all consider how you might give, whether it is
expertise, volunteering to help from this end or simply providing
funds for our efforts."
Please join us on July 21.