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    A 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2010
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      A 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.


      ---------- Forwarded Message ----------
      From: Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier@...>
      To: Undisclosed-recipients:;
      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.

      Thank you.


      Peter Drekmeier
      (650) 223-3333
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