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Washington For Haiti Benefit!

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Pike Pub
1415 1st Avenue
Seattle 98101
United States
Phone: 206.622.6044

Join us in the Washington For Haiti Benefit!

What: A Benefit to support the work of one of Haiti's most well-established economic development organizations as they play a key role in emergency relief and long term reconstruction efforts.

Who: Hear from speakers representing Fonkoze and other organizations working on the ground in Haiti, as well as live music from Sunday Evening Whiskey Club

Cost: We are suggesting a $20 donation at the door, with all proceeds going directly to Fonkoze.

Fonkoze is an acronym for the Haitian Creole phrase “Fondasyon Kole Zepòl” meaning “Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation.” The organization is dedicated to building the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti by providing the rural poor with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. With over 700 staff working out of two dozen offices around the country, Fonkoze is one of just a few organizations with the capacity to directly manage donations on the ground in Haiti. As an economic development nonprofit, Fonkoze will provide the means for Haitians to access financial support from loved ones overseas, an essential source of cash during the relief and reconstruction efforts.

Seattle Greendrinks, SeaMo, Re-Vision Labs, Global Washington, and Seattle Works have joined together to co-host "Washington for Haiti" in recognition of the urgent need for support. Some may ask why it is necessary to hold an event, rather than just encouraging direct donations. We agree that direct donations are critically important, but we feel compelled to provide an opportunity for the Seattle community to gather and learn from experts and witnesses, since the more we know about the tragedy, the more likely we are to commit to supporting the long term changes needed to ensure that a disaster of this magnitude never happens again.

We are sobered by the fact that this was not a natural disaster but a human disaster. In 2001 we experienced a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Western Washington. Although some infrastructure and buildings required extensive repairs, not a single life was lost. Compare that to the tens of thousands of lives lost in the 7.0 magnitude quake in Haiti, and the implications are clear: poverty exacerbates the impacts of natural disasters.

Location

Pike Pub
1415 1st Avenue
Seattle 98101
United States
Phone: 206.622.6044