How to help Birmingham’s relief efforts for Haiti after devastating disaster

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The latest death toll rose to nearly 2,000 people on Tuesday evening, who died after a massive earthquake in Haiti. More casualties were expected as recovery efforts continue amid flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Grace.

Nearly 7,000 people have been injured and thousands of buildings are damaged.

In Alabama, founder and head of the Haitian-American Association of Alabama, Yolene Barreau, from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who has lived in Birmingham for 16 years, plans to do her part to help Haitians to put the pieces back together.

“It’s raining. They don’t have any tents. They don’t have anything,” Barreau said. “The people I spoke to this morning told me about the water. have water.

Barreau said those affected also need food, clothing and shelter, all of the items she collects to bring on her own.

“To make sure that whatever you collect goes to the people who are really affected,” Barreau said.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency worked desperately to find survivors as the tropical Grace system dumped up to 15 inches of rain in parts of the island on Tuesday, according to the United States’ National Hurricane Center.

Barreu also plans to take a team with her to teach residents about disaster preparedness and recovery.

“I have a feeling that if we are going to help and then leave, in my opinion, it is not enough. We need people on the ground ready to support and help, ”Barreu said.

Barreu took care of the logistics, as it will entail a significant cost to transport the items to Haiti. She said she had already found a location to settle down and other supports to make sure the effort was successful.

But they still need your help. Click here to contact HAAOA for more details on how you can help.

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