Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

January 16, 2010 at 4:10 am (Uncategorized)

It’s hard to blog about jewelry when not too far from our shores there is a tragedy unfolding. Today, Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund), e-mailed the following:

“A new decade is upon us and it begins with the hard tragedy unfolding in Haiti. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as those who are on the front lines of the relief efforts there. A number of you have written looking for suggestions about where to send contributions and aid. Our friends at Artist Trust in Seattle have put together this list of aid organizations helping in the relief efforts and this link to a New York Times article lists organizations providing aid. We will be back in touch with you if we have more suggestions to share with you. In the meantime, please find a way to help out in this dire situation and please hold those in Haiti in your heart.”

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States. Through business and career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support, advocacy and research CERF helps professional craft artists strengthen and sustain their careers so that they can thrive and, thus, contribute to the quality of life in our communities.

In addition to the above links from CERF listing legitimate aid organizations, here are some additional aid organizations in the Raleigh/Durham area:

Hearts with Haiti
26 Horne Street, Raleigh
Taki Donovan
(919) 758-8085

 Hearts and Hands for Haiti
2013 Midwood Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 755-1903

The Haiti Connection
206 New Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601
Bonnie Elam (919) 786-4478
(919) 417-4644 (cell)

Haiti Outreach Ministries
Bill Glass (207) 388- 2263, haitioutreach@hughes.net
Local Contact: Kathy Walmer, RN, MSN, CPNP
Executive Director
Family Health Ministries
2344 Operations Drive, Suite 201
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 382-5500
cell phone  (919) 368-6591

So, keep the people of Haiti in your hearts. I know after seeing the devastation that Hurricane Andrew brought upon my house and South Florida in 1992, that these kinds of disasters last longer than just a sound bite, and that long after the news crews clear out, the people of Haiti will need our support, most likely for years to come.


  1. Diamond rings said,

    We must help quake affected people.


  2. Diamond rings said,

    we are supporting affected


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