Planeta Vivo, pintura de Ana Felix Garjan

Planeta Vivo, pintura de Ana Felix Garjan

sábado, 20 de março de 2010

Help Haiti Now

Help Haiti Now

January 25th, 2010

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.

As a global nation, we have all been profoundly horrified by the devasting earthquake and by the news and images that comes out of Haiti. Now is the time to stand together and act collectively. In a country where 80% of the population lives on less than $2 dollars a day, each of us can find ways of helping the Haitians tremendously. Already, the world community has gathered significant sums of money for aid, which amid some delay are helping immensely. Aid agencies say Haiti is quite simply one of the worst disasters they have ever handled.

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.

In an effort to raise money for Haiti, I am printing a limited, special edition of my portrait of Jørgen Leth, photographed in Jacmel, Haiti in 2002. The C-type Prints measures 20 x 24 inches (50 x 60 cm). Each print costs USD 250,00 including international shipping.

The complete revenue will be donated to the organization Hope For Haiti Now.
Donations to Hope For Haiti Now will support a wide range of relief activities in Haiti, from emergency food and clean water to medical supplies and basic health care. 100 percent of all donations to Hope For Haiti Now will go directly to relief organizations operating on the ground in Haiti.

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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