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  Haiti Earthquake Relief Donations to Who? Food First recommends trusted,
good grassroots relief

Posted: 15 Jan 2010 05:03 AM PST

*Help for Haiti: Supporting grassroots organizations after a disaster is

*As we learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, not all aid is equal*.
Haiti’s January 12th earthquake has left thousands dead. Many more need
urgent medical attention.

To donate to grassroots rebuilding efforts, *Food First recommends* *Grassroots
International*, *Haiti Action* and for longer-term work, *Agricultural
Missions*. For urgent medical needs, *Partners in Health* and *Doctors
without Borders* are the largest in country health providers left standing
after the quake, and have impeccable records.

 Supporting grassroots organizations in a time of crisis is of paramount
importance. Once the crisis is over and immediate needs have been served,
the country will be even more vulnerable that it was to begin with. With the
most open economy in the Western Hemisphere, chronic political instability,
and some of the worst effects

 *Partners in Health*

Founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, this nonprofit health delivery program has
served Haiti’s poor since 1987. To donate for earthquake relief, go to

In an urgent email from Port-au-Prince, Louise Ivers, Partners in Health
clinical director in Haiti, appealed for assistance from her colleagues in
the Central Plateau: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS…
Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages.
Please help us.”


*Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)*

Doctors Without Borders was working in Haiti prior to the quake with a staff
of 800. Here is a report on January 13, 2009 with a link to their donation


*Haiti Action*

Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups,
educators, human rights activists, support committees for prisoners and
agricultural cooperatives – will attempt to funnel needed aid to those most
hit by the earthquake. Grassroots organizers are doing what they can with
the most limited of funds to make a difference. Please take this opportunity
to lend them your support.


*Grassroots International*

Long time Food First partner Grassroots International has a long history of
working with organizations on the ground in Haiti. Grassroots has committed
to the extent possible to, “provide cash to our partners to make local
purchases of the items they most need and to obtain food from farmers not
hit by the disaster.”


*Agricultural Missions*

Agricultural Missions is an 80 year old ecumenical organization with long
term partnerships at the grassroots level in Haiti, who stand at ready to
funnel resources to long term grassroots agricultural development. Donations
can be sent as checks made out to Agricultural Missions,Inc (AMI) with
‘Haiti recovery’ written in the memo line, to Agricultural Missions, 475
Riverside Drive, Rm 725, New York, NY 10115.

To donate go to:

Source: Food First

The *2010 Haiti earthquake* was a
catastrophic<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster> magnitude
7.0 Mw <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_magnitude_scale>
approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) from
Port-au-Prince <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port-au-Prince>, the capital of
Haiti <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti>, which struck at 16:53:09 local
time (21:53:09 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January
earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 kilometres (8.1 mi). The United
States Geological
a series of
aftershocks <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftershock>, fourteen of them
between magnitudes 5.0 and
Red Cross <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Red_Cross> estimates
that about three million people were affected by the
an estimated 45,000–50,000 deaths.

There was major damage to Port-au-Prince. Most major landmarks were
significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential
President <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Pr%C3%A9val> survived),
the National Assembly<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_of_Haiti>building,
the Port-au-Prince
Cathedral <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port-au-Prince_Cathedral>, and the
main jail.[7]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake#cite_note-catholic-6>
[8] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake#cite_note-smh-7>[9]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake#cite_note-wp-8>All
hospitals were destroyed or so badly damaged that they have been
Nations <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations> reported that
headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in
located in the capital, collapsed and that a large number of UN
personnel were unaccounted
Mission’s Chief, Hédi
Annabi <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A9di_Annabi>, was confirmed dead
on 13 January by President René
.[12] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake#cite_note-11>

*About Food First

Food First “is rooted in the early experiences and sensibilities of its
founders. Joseph Collins, beginning in his teens, saw poverty and hunger
first hand as he traveled around the Third World with the Catholic Maryknoll
Brothers and Fathers. Frances (Frankie) Moore Lappé grew up surrounded by
adults who believed that their actions could make their community a better
place to live; she went on to study at Earlham, the Quaker college.

 Keynote - Transforming the Food Crisis: From Food Rebellions to Food
Sovereignty by Eric Holt Gimenez <http://vimeo.com/2469731> from Community
Food Security Coalitio <http://vimeo.com/user959788> on Vimeo<http://vimeo.com>

“Both Joe and Frankie came of age during the 1960s, a time when many young
people were immersed in the civil rights movement and demonstrating against
the war in Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty brought Frankie to
Philadelphia, where she first realized that something more would be needed
to end hunger and poverty. This epiphany led to her search for an answer to
the question, Why is there poverty in the richest nation on earth?, and
eventually to her writing Diet for a Small Planet. This book struck a strong
chord with those who read it: it sold two million copies over its first 10
years, largely by word of mouth.

“At the same time, Joe Collins was working at the Washington think tank
Institute for Policy Studies, writing the book Global Reach, about the
impact of multinational corporations in the Third World. He also coauthored
a report titled World Hunger: Causes and Remedies, which was written to
challenge the official UN world food assessment for the 1974 World Food
Conference in Rome.

“Joe and Frankie met at the first World Food Day in 1975, and shortly
thereafter they incorporated the Institute for Food and Development Policy
and began work on the book Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity
(published in 1977).”

Source: Sourcewatch <http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Food_First>

Permaculture First Responder - Permie Disaster Relief Training

Posted: 15 Jan 2010 04:33 AM PST

Participants will learn how to stabilize a situation in both the visible and
invisible structures within communities and come up with regenerative
designs to build from. Topics include Eco-base camp design, composting,
myco-remediation, renewable energy systems, group decision making
andfacilitation, basic first aid, conflict resolution, greywater systems,
water harvesting, localized economies and organic mini-farming.

 Experience a permaculture course in Big Sur California created by the RITES
Project. This course focuses on a “first responder” discourse of ecological
emergencies. Teachers of this course include: Benjamin Fahrer, Erick Ohlsen,
Mia Rose Maltz, Trathen Heckman and more.

Source: Permaculture First Responder, Urban Permaculture

*Permaculture Relief Corps Forming For Haiti Earthquake Response?
:The Remarkable History (and Possible Future) Of Permaculture Disaster

Yesterday the island of Hispanola was hit with a devastating 7.3 magnitude
earthquake near Port-Au-Prince the capital of Haiti . Many multiple story
buildings have completely collapsed including the major Hospital in the
region. Thousands may be killed or trapped in the rubble and aid is being
mobilized from around the world. With little to no backup power, sewage,
water, housing, or food aid systems in place, Haiti, which is currently the
poorest nation in the western hemisphere, is in a VERY DIRE SITUATION.
Without a doubt resources and expertise are moving en mass to Haiti, but
beyond this temporary relief, what will sustain this nation of 10 million
people when it’s left in an even poorer position than ever before? This is
where permaculture design comes in, with an adaptable and ever evolving tool
kit that can be of vital assistance in disaster relief and the long recovery
period to follow.

Source: PunkRockPermaculture<http://punkrockpermaculture.com/2010/01/13/haiti-earthquake-permaculture/>

Global Green Palestine with Wael Al Saad of Marda

Posted: 15 Jan 2010 12:38 AM PST

*Wael Al Saad,* joins Murad Alkhufash as partner of Marda Permaculture
In this interview he talks about his experience as Palestinian
permaculturalist and the vision and practice of a *Global Green Palestine*.
Lastly he gives a call-out for project supporters and volunteers. Wael and
Murad make a great leadership team for this West Bank Palestine permaculture

[image: Marda from above]

Marda are currently planning a *Permaculture Design Course for March of 2010
* which will include a *3 day immersion course in Arabic, regional culinary
courses, and historic tours of Marda region*.

  The Marda Permaculture Farm is a sustainable development NGO in the
village of Marda in the West Bank of Palestine. The Farm is also recognized
as a branch of the Global Village Institute, an international NGO based in
Summertown, Tennessee.

The Marda Permaculture Farm is a working farm and a demonstration site for
permaculture principles, techniques and strategies. Permaculture is an
ecological design system that draws heavily from indigenous, local wisdom as
well as cutting edge science to help individuals and communities maximize
local resources toward sustainable production, generation, and recycling of
food, water, energy, housing, and other resources.

We are looking forward to develop the farm to be a cell of a holistic green
bottom up green economic body, using economy as vehicle for change and as
social-ecological medium to connect Palestinians with each other and their

The Marda Farm was founded in the fall of 2006 by permaculturist Murad
Alkhufash, whose family has farmed the region for over ten generations. The
project seeks to promote ecological, cultural, and economic resiliency in
the region by developing a small scale permaculture site that serves as a
model and teaching center for local farmers and international permaculture
students. Farm staff will also facilitate permaculture design courses in
diverse communities across Palestine.

The Marda Permaculture Farm is supported by a rich network of international
and local sustainability visionaries and partners including Geoff Lawton,
Director of the Australia Permaculture Institute, Albert Bates, Director of
the Global Village Institute in the U.S., Starhawk, Jesse and Tanya Lemieux
of Pacific Permaculture in Vancouver, Canada, Julie Firth of Drylands
Permaculture Farm in Australia and many others.

Source: Marda Permaculture,
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