?The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has launched an initiative to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. Dubbed Haiti for the Long Haul, chief secretary of the THA Orville London said everyone must accept that the recovery process must be sustained over many years. A release from the THA stated: "Quite often, the intensity of the response to a disaster diminishes dramatically with the passage of time and therefore the THA is recommending that while the heart-rending sights from Haiti are still fresh, Tobago donors should commit to contributing support for an extended period."
Contributions can be made to the Tobago/Haiti Relief Fund at the four major banks. The release added that the Tobago Emergency Management Agency has been mandated to co-ordinate Tobago's response and to collaborate with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and other regional organisations to ensure that the contributions are utilised to maximum effect. Meanwhile, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is continuing its efforts to help Haiti.
Through the ADRA Caribbean and the ADRA International, a resource team has set up a water treatment plant on the grounds of the Haitian Adventist University. A statement from the Southern Caribbean Conference of SDA said more than 25,00 people were housed at the university. It said the Adventist Hospital of Haiti was still standing and was being used by medical personnel to attend to the sick. Some points of collection include the Carenage SDA, San Fernando Community Services Building, Southern Caribbean Conference of the SDA and the University of the Southern Caribbean in Maracas, St Joseph.
?Hands for Haiti
?Donations towards the Tobago/Haiti Relief Fund can be made to:
1. Republic Bank–020157982331
2. Scotiabank (Gulf City, Lowlands)– 120054000744
3. First Citizens–1817265
?US$5m more from Brazil
?In addition to Brazil's US$19.79 million pledge, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is considering sending a further US$5 million. The Embassy of Brazil in T&T said food, medicine and other humanitarian assistance had already been sent. Brazil is the leader of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti. Close to 900 soldiers are expected to go to Haiti to help with reconstruction. Some 21 Brazilians died in the earthquake.