Haiti: Two-year update

The American Red Cross has issued a two-year report on recovery efforts in Haiti.

From Red Cross President Gail McGovern:

Thanks to our generous donors, dedicated volunteers and strong partners, the American Red Cross has been shifting our focus from relief to recovery. We’re helping to rebuild what the earthquake destroyed in Haiti and working with local communities to make them safer and healthier. We have built homes, given people opportunities to earn money, provided access to clean water and sanitation systems, supported the delivery of health care, and taught communities how to prevent the spread of diseases and to be better prepared for future disasters.

View the full report

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“Modern Family” Earthquake Review

If you’ve been lucky enough to discover this year’s Best Comedy Emmy winner, you know laughter rumbles through the crowd for each episode of Modern Family. Last week’s earthquake episode was no exception – though the title subject can be no laughing matter if you’re caught unprepared.

So how earthquake ready was America’s favorite kooky clan when the ground started to shake?

Mitchell, Cam and Lily aced their earthquake exam by quickly ducking under a nearby table. Kudos to them for remembering to “drop, cover and hold on”.

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The Dunphy household was less prepared however, and Luke narrowly avoided earthquake injury when a cabinet Phil had neglected to anchor to the wall toppled over near him. In true know-it-all fashion, Alex earned some extra credit to salvage her family’s household response effort when she covered for her dad’s preparedness lapse. Her fib included some great post-earthquake safety reminders like checking gas lines and promptly cleaning up broken glass and other hazards.

As a reward for getting her father off the hook, Alex chose a trip to the Museum of Tolerance, which makes me wonder how she’d likely identify with the fundamental principles of the ICRC that include humanity and impartiality.  I think Alex may find her place in the Red Cross Youth movement.

KIPP students donate to Haiti relief

Three students from KIPP Charlotte – Peyton Figueroa, Alexus Arnold and Michaela Caldwell – presented a check for $500 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund on Friday, Sept. 24.

As part of the morning activities, Tiffany Flowers-Washington, co-founder of KIPP Charlotte, shook each student’s hand as they entered the school.  Flowers-Washington introduced Amanda Prothero, a staff member from the Red Cross, and Red Cross volunteers during morning announcements.  Figueroa, a member of the Pride of 2016 – the year he will graduate and go on to college – led the presentation while thanking Prothero and the Red Cross for their continuous efforts to help Haiti via the Haiti Relief Fund.

Figueroa, Arnold and Caldwell are members of the Ambassadors Club at KIPP Charlotte.  Members of this club are chosen to represent the school in the community based on their exceptional leadership skills.

“They are one of the poorest countries,” Figueroa said of Haiti. “I thought it would be nice to just do something for them.”

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KIPP Charlotte is an open-enrollment, college prep middle school serving 365 students in grades 5-8.  Students raise money for end-of-the-year field trips, through a program called “Denim Days”, a program implemented by Prothero when she worked at KIPP Charlotte as Director of Development. 

The program was created to give The Pride a break from their usual daily uniform and to encourage The Pride (the students) to become engaged in philanthropic activities.  This year the students at KIPP Charlotte raised around $1,600. Typically, all the money raised helps send students on an end of the year field trip to visit colleges in places like Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City.  This year, the students were adamant about giving part of the money to Haiti.

Prothero said, “The Pride made such a strong argument that they should use the money for Haiti not for the field trips.  They even held debates and wrote letters to the School Leader to make their point!”

For a current report on the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund’s efforts click here.