Haiti Needs Us Now.

The breeziness of my last post aside, I hope that every one of you reading this has taken some time to reflect on what has happened in Haiti. It is devastating. We all woke up this morning to news and images of mass graves, amputations done with no medicine. We’re in a critical window of time where people are trapped under debris and buildings, still alive but barely hanging on. I hope you’ve all donated; I have.

Washington is a wonderfully connected and caring city. Everyone seems to be mobilizing. A few selections below that I’ll try to update; first, a prayer service at the city’s most beautiful place of worship. Just in, from the communications representative at the National Cathedral

Dear colleagues:

Washington National Cathedral offers a major prayer service for the people of Haiti this Sunday, January 17, at 6 pm. CNN plans to feature live coverage.

At the time of my writing, service participants include:
• The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, offering a sermon;
• Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane, offering the invocation;
• Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Barry C. Knestout, representing the Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington;
• Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, offering the welcome; and
• His Excellency Raymond Joseph, Haitian ambassador to the U.S.
The service will feature prayers from interfaith representatives and a Haitian folksong sung by countertenor Jean-Luc Princivil. More details will be forthcoming. Updates will also be posted on the Cathedral’s Web site, www.nationalcathedral.org.

We are grateful for your assistance in spreading the word. All are welcome, and the service will also be Webcast live from the Cathedral’s homepage.

Union Makes Strength

Additionally, L’Rai Arthur-Mensah, of The Essence of Style will host along with others a benefit after-work “happy hour” (that feels weird to write here) Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Recess Lounge (727 15th Street NW) from 5:30-9, located in the White House Corridor on 15th St. She writes:

ALL (100%) proceeds will go towards helping two non profits organizations. Recess has been gracious enough to make a monetary donation from the sale of each drink purchased during the evening. We will solicit funds and supplies in a free will donation (suggested amount $20). The money will be donated to both a large relief organization and a smaller grassroots organization to channel fund to the aid on both the macro and micro levels. Yele Haiti (www.yele.org) is a non-profit 501(3) founded by Wyclef Jean that provides relief efforts in Haiti. Partners In Health (www.pih.org), an organization working to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world and has a significant presence in Haiti at this time. Also, we will have guest speakers including representatives from diplomatic government entities, humanitarian agencies, scholars and family members of people in Haiti now.

And I’m getting word that Latin Concepts, the restaurant group responsible for an eclectic mix of restaurants and lounges in Washington, will be integrating fundraising into its sales mix all next week, at all of their restaurants:

Monday, January 18 through Friday January 22, 7-8 p.m. daily, 10% of ALL food and beverage purchases at Maté, Guarapo, Gazuza, Chi Cha, Ceviche, Kitchen and Gin & Tonic will be contributed to support Doctors Without Borders and their hard work to aid the Haitian community.

I hope everyone will do what they can.


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