Young Artists for Haiti perform Wavin’ Flag

Cover of K'naan's Album Troubadour

Recently in Canada singers from varying genres gathered together to form a mega group named Young Artists for Haiti to do a rendition of singer K’naan’s inspiring anthem Waving Flag. Wavin’ Flag is a hit single from K’naan’s latest album Troubadour. Featured singers included artists such as pop icon Avril Lavigne, rap sensation Drake and jazz prodigy Nikki Yanofsky who is now world famous after singing the Canadian national anthem at the opening of the Vancouver Olympics earlier this year.

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The production for the song was clearly meticulously developed and extremely well done courtesy of Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin. The singer’s voices are well suited to their allotted lyrics and sing in their own unique style which gives a very natural flow to complete this heartfelt inspiring song.

All proceeds from songs by Young Artists for Haiti (which can be purchased on iTunes) will go toward benefit relief efforts for the children and families who are in dire need of basic living necessities after the earthquake that killed and orphaned so many on January 12, 2010.

Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project Sends Earthquake Relief Supplies to Haiti

Roads blocked by debris add to the difficulty of earthquake victims in Jacmel and many additional parts of Haiti of obtaining much needed relief supplies.

On February 22, the Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project sent a barge filled with earthquake relief supplies bound for the Port of Jacmel on the south coast of Haiti.  With the help of local residents and volunteers, 100,000 total cubic tons of supplies donated to the Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project’s warehouse in Elmwood, Louisiana were sorted and packed, filling the Haiti-bound barge to its full capacity with food, medical supplies, household items and tents for earthquake victims.

The Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project—a consortium of 41 New Orleans nonprofit organizations—is working to build an emergency village for earthquake victims in Haiti, which will include sufficient housing, reliable infrastructure and accessible public services.  The nonprofit effort has received a particularly high level of support from New Orleans residents, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and those involved in the rebuilding effort following Katrina who have found a particularly unique identification with the situation in Haiti—though the effects in Haiti resulting from the January 12 earthquake are multitudes greater in severity.  Those who have experienced the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina know as well as anybody that no disaster recovery effort on such a scale can be completed overnight, but will require the long-term continued support and hard work of collaboration of dedicated individuals and committed organizations.

Donations toward the earthquake relief effort in Haiti of The Louisiana-Haiti Sustainable Village Project can be made online through the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation website.

Doctors Without Borders Provides Free Urgent Medical Care

An infant in Haiti recieves medical care following the recent earthquake.

Founded in 1971 by a French group of doctors and journalists, Doctors Without Borders is a leading nonprofit organization in providing urgent medical care internationally at no cost to patients in need.  Doctors Without Borders works to provide relief where shortages of medical care exist due to natural disasters, widespread plague, military conflict or exclusion from access to health care services.

Doctors Without Borders is currently leading efforts to provide medical care following the devastation of the recent earthquake in Haiti, which left upwards of 300,000 injured including many in need of long-term care.  A nation previously lacking in available advanced health care due to its impoverished economic state, Haiti now faces a situation in which damage to infrastructure has even further limited what little medical services are available.  Doctors Without Borders, which has addressed the situation by providing an extensive amount of services for operative and post-operative care, is due shortly to open four new post-operative facilities with a total of 1,000 patient beds.  Doctors Without Borders is additionally providing mental health care as part of its relief effort in Haiti.

Doctors Without Borders is now also focusing its efforts to provide medical care in Chile following the severe damage to infrastructure which resulted from the 8.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck with catastrophic force near the city of Concepción and caused considerable damage in the capital of Santiago.

Doctors Without Borders accepts one-time and monthly donations through, the Doctors Without borders website, towards their efforts to provide medical care for those whom medical services would be otherwise inaccessible.  Doctors Without Borders also provides volunteer opportunities, internships and job positions with their offices, as well as opportunities for field work for medical professionals and non-medical personnel who qualify.

American Red Cross Expedites Relief to Haiti Through Innovative Methods

An American Red Cross worker assists an injured child following the earthquake in Haiti.

An American Red Cross worker assists an injured child following the earthquake in Haiti.

One month ago today, the severely impoverished nation of Haiti was devastated by an unprecedented magnitude 7.0 earthquake, and more than 50 powerful aftershocks, crippling infrastructure and leaving more than 230,000 dead, 300,000 injured, and one million of the population homeless.  Along with a considerable volume of other nonprofit philanthropic organizations, the American Red Cross acted in immediate and swift response.

Prior to the earthquake, the nation of Haiti was already suffering in severe impoverishment and to most, it became immediately clear that a massive amount of financial aid as well as manpower would be needed in the recovery effort following the disaster.  The American Red Cross has stepped up to fill this need through means which are newly innovative and accessible for those who wish to become involved in providing aid.

For the first time on such a massive scale, the American Red Cross utilized text messaging as a mode through which any wireless cellular customer on a subscription plan could make a donation right from their phone through a simple text message.  By creating a mode through which making donations could be as simple as text voting for shows such as American Idol, the American Red Cross has tapped into what has become an increasingly popular form of communication with major media outlets and television programs.

You can make an instant $10 dollar donation (which will be added to your wireless bill) to the American Red Cross relief effort in Haiti, simply by texting “HAITI” to 90999.