LGBT groups join Haiti earthquake relief effort
The San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund is among the myriad of organizations around the world that continue to raise money and support the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
The RWF, which has funded numerous projects to improve nutrition and develop access to safe drinking water in the impoverished Caribbean country since 2004, established its Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign with a $50,000 donation. The organization has also partnered with CARE, which has provided food, potable water, tarps, blankets, medicine and other items to those who survived the Jan. 12 earthquake.
"This is the time to help," Jeff Cotter, the fund’s executive director, said.
Indeed, Haitian government officials estimate the 7.0 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas last Tuesday killed up to an estimated 200,000 people and left millions more homeless.
Sources in the neighboring Dominican Republic told EDGE via Twitter and e-mail they felt the earthquake, but it did not cause any damage. Cha, a large gay club along Santo Domingo’s oceanfront, is among the myriad of Dominican businesses that have raised money and solicited donations of clothes, medicine and other goods to help the victims. And the country remains a staging area for international relief organizations responding to the disaster.