HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT PRINT SALE.
On Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, a massive, 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the capital of Port-au-Prince. The damage to buildings is extensive. The confirmed death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake has risen above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone, while an estimated 1.5 million people have been left homeless.
One of the main challenges now for the medias, and anyone with influence, is to make sure to keep the catastrophy and rebuilding of Haiti frontpage news. Not just for a week or a month, but for as long as it takes, until the situation is healthy and stable. Just like as in the case of the war in Dafur and Hurricane Katrina, it is important to keep it part of the collective consciousness for as long as it takes to rebuild.
It is important to understand that each of us can contribute with a little effort or creativity. This is why I’ve decided to donate my portrait of Danish director, journalist, poet, and friend, Jørgen Leth in order to collect money for the aid organization Hope For Haiti Now. Mr. Leth, 72, has lived in Haiti for the last 20 years and has a profound relationship to the ill-fated country. His old house in Jacmel collapsed and was completely destroyed by the quake. He made it out alive by chance, but has lost everything. He is now in the Dominican Republic and it is with his blessing I am conducting this fine art sale.
The complete revenue will be donated to the organization Hope For Haiti Now.
No administrative costs or other program expenses are charged by Hope for Haiti Now. Donations made to Hope for Haiti Now will benefit these nonprofit organizations to provide Haiti earthquake relief: The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Stay With Haiti, Red Cross, UNICEF and Yéle Haiti Foundation.
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