LGBT Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Charity Focuses on Humanitarian Aid

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LGBT Humanitarianism: Gay Dollars for Global Issues   

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www.rainbowfund.org

 


 

San Francisco (January 19, 2010) -- In response to the destruction following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, Rainbow World Fund (RWF), the world's only lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender based international humanitarian aid charity, launched a Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign with an initial $50,000 donation. The fund has now grown to over $100,000.

“Rainbow World Fund’s work is about serving humanity, gay and straight alike. LGBT people in the United States worked actively on relief efforts for Katrina and the tsunami, and we will do the same in response to the crisis in Haiti. It is our hope to see this multiplied many times by the generosity of the LGBT and friends community." - RWF Founder, Jeff Cotter

 

Background: Many buildings have collapsed and thousands of dead are lying in the streets. Currently there is no official death toll, but thousands have been injured, hundreds of thousands are now homeless, and many remain unaccounted for. Water and power services are out due to severe damage to Haiti's already fragile infrastructure. The survivors are in immediate need of food, safe drinking water, and medical care.

 

RWF in Haiti: Since 2004, Rainbow World Fund has supported ongoing projects in Haiti focusing on improving nutrition and developing access to safe drinking water. RWF has helped improve the lives of thousands of Haitians.

 


Response: Rainbow World Fund is working with CARE, our long term disaster relief partner, which is already on the ground providing emergency food, safe water, plastic for shelter, blankets, and basic medicines. 100% of donations to RWF for Haiti will go to these life saving services. RWF is starting the fund off with an initial donation of $50,000, which it hopes to see multiplied by the generosity of the LGBT and friends community.

 

 

About RWF: Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief.

Founded in 2000 by members of the San Francisco LGBT community, RWF works to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. RWF works in the LGBT and friends community educating people about world need. Along with raising our community’s consciousness, we raise funds to support humanitarian relief projects. We provide a united voice, a visible presence, and a structure to deliver charitable assistance from the LGBT community to the larger world community. RWF has evolved in to a national organization and is unique as the worlds first and only LGBT based humanitarian aid organization. RWF currently supports projects focusing on global HIV/AIDS, water development, landmine eradication, hunger, education, orphans and disaster relief in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. We also work to raise awareness of the charitable contributions of the LGBT community, and to establish connections with non-LGBT communities.  RWF programs strengthen our community by increasing LGBT visibility, serving as a platform for our community’s compassion and concern and changing how the world sees LGBT people by building bridges with the larger world community.

RWF’s philosophy is that we are all “One Human Family” and that we are living in a time that tells us that our survival on this planet depends on us all giving more to each other. We bring people together who believe that together we can heal the world.  We believe that LGBT people like all people have a unique role in world healing. RWF is part of that healing. We are working to change the separation consciousness that is underlying the disparity in the world – how people feel divided in the world today – by racism, sexism, homophobia, and so on. RWF is about reminding people that we are all part of one big global family and that we need to help each other.

Rainbow World Fund has three primary goals – to provide humanitarian aid to communities in need around the world; to create awareness within the LGBT community of the need for these relief efforts; and to change perceptions of the LGBT community – demonstrating our compassion and caring for the world by putting our highest beliefs and values into action. RWF’s projects affect social change at home and abroad through education, networking, developing solidarity, and fostering understanding through building community.

Recent Accomplishments: RWF has distributed over 2 million dollars in humanitarian aid (supplies and grants) over the last 5 years: providing food aid for Hurricane evacuees (including funding 1 million meals for Hurricane Katrina survivors), emergency supplies for survivors of the South East Asia tsunami, medical supplies and financial aid to various projects in Guatemala, funding water projects throughout Central America providing safe drink water to hundreds, delivering thousands of pounds of medicine, medical supplies, and school supplies to communities in Mexico, launching of a landmine eradication project for Cambodia, underwriting an HIV/AIDS case management program in South Africa by funding the monthly salaries of rural HIV peer educators, providing a computer lab to a Guatemalan middle school, producing a benefit concert for Haiti, traveling to Washington DC annually to advocate on Capitol Hill for development and aid issues, and delivering thousands of stuffed animals to children in hospitals, schools and orphanages.

Donate: online at: http://www.rainbowfund.org specify "Haiti”. Donate by check at Rainbow World Fund, 4111 - 18th Street, Suite 5, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Contact:  Jeff Cotter, Executive Director at (415) 608-5333 Email: jcotter@rainbowfund.org


Photo Credits:

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Residents help an injured man after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010. A major earthquake rocked Haiti and its president said he feared thousands were dead after the presidential palace, schools, hospitals and hillside shanties collapsed, leaving the Caribbean nation appealing for international help.

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Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz, courtesy www.alertnet.org
A injured child receives medical treatment after an earthquake in Port-au- Prince January 13, 2010. The 7.0 magnitude quake rocked Haiti, killing possibly thousands of people as it toppled the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike and leaving the poor Caribbean nation appealing for international help.

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Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz, courtesy www.alertnet.org
Resident search for survivors among the debris after an earthquake in Port-au- Prince January 13, 2010. A major earthquake rocked Haiti and its president said he feared thousands were dead after the presidential palace, schools, hospitals and hillside shanties collapsed, leaving the Caribbean nation appealing for international help.

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Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz, courtesy www.alertnet.org
Injured people rest outside Port-au- Prince's cathedral after an earthquake January 13, 2010. A major earthquake rocked Haiti and its president said he feared thousands were dead after the presidential palace, schools, hospitals and hillside shanties collapsed, leaving the Caribbean nation appealing for international help.