MEDA offers long-term recovery support for Haiti

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					20   Canadian Mennonite February 22, 2010


                                                             Help for Haiti


 MEDA offers long-term                                                                          ensuring that credit is available to hun-
                                                                                                dreds of thousands of hard-working entre-

 recovery support for Haiti                                                                     preneurs trying to rebuild their businesses
                                                                                                and support their families.
                                                                                                    “We urge you to consider a gift that will
 By Ross W. Muir                                                                                make a lasting contribution to recovery
 Managing editor                                                                                efforts in Haiti,” says Sauder. “Your gift
                                                                                                . . . will have a real impact on survivors of

 I  n the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake
    that decimated much of the region
 around Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince,
                                                   women—with the tools they need to lift
                                                   themselves out of poverty.
                                                     Fonkoze’s head office in Port-au-Prince
                                                                                                this horrific event, and your generosity will
                                                                                                bear witness that the people of Haiti have
                                                                                                not been forsaken in their hour of need.”
 Jean Claude Cerin, the former Mennonite           was destroyed in the earthquake. It is still     To donate to MEDA’s Haiti recovery ef-
 Economic Development Associates                   trying to reach staff and clients through-   forts, visit medatrust.org/haiti. l
 (MEDA) country manager in Haiti, sent             out the country. But clearly there will be
 the following report to MEDA president            a massive need to rebuild and recapital- From a Mennonite Economic Development
 Allan Sauder:                                     ize Fonkoze, a task that will be crucial to Associates Release.
    “The disaster is very big indeed. The cur-
 rent situation is very critical. . . . Movement                                           
				
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Description: Seven friends with seven shovels: Seven Grade 10 students at Bev Facey Community High School in Sherwood Park, Alta., raised more than $500 for victims of Haiti's earthquake on Jan. 31 . The girls went door to door offering to clear snow in exchange for donations to the Red Cross. "We have a group that gets together for girls nights once a month. We used the same group to do something good for Haiti," Tara Bergen, left, said. Sister Kathleen, centre, added that people were "kind of surprised, but a lot of people were open to us and thanked us - We were received graciously. It was really rewarding. I didn't think we'd raise that much money." The Bergen sisters attend First Mennonite Church in Edmonton. Also pictured from left to right: Sydney Munsterman, Kennedy Anderson and Heather Fraser. Not pictured: Julia Pratt and Christian Peitch."We urge you to consider a gift that will make a lasting contribution to recovery efforts in Haiti," says [Allan Sauder]. "Your gift . . . will have a real impact on survivors of this horrific event, and your generosity will bear witness that the people of Haiti have not been forsaken in their hour of need."
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