BUILD A FUTURE FOR HAITI
Let’s make a difference, one child at a time!
On Tuesday, 12th January 2010, an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the island of Haiti in the Caribbean. This was one of the worst natural disasters the world has ever seen and over 250,000 people were killed in under a minute. There are still over a million left homeless.
The daily news reports and images of devastation ensured that the desperation of the situation hit home and I was overwhelmed with a desire to travel to Haiti and to provide whatever help I could. By living alongside the ravaged community and spending time with children who had lost entire families, I sought to make a difference. I learned more than I could ever have imagined and, most importantly, I learned how we could help.
‘Frontline Fashion’ was established upon my return to Dubai and, with the help of our ‘on the ground’ partners ACTS, the Zanmi Project (‘Zanmi’ is the Haitian word for ‘friends’) aims to build a community on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince.
The aim of this long-term initiative is to help achieve a more prosperous future for the community by providing a healthy environment in which children and adults can improve their personal and collective prospects in areas of life that we take for granted: shelter, education, medical attention and care.
Phase One of this community project is focussed around the construction of an orphanage, a dormitory for volunteer workers and a classroom. Over $70,000 has already been invested and the part-finished orphanage now houses six children. However, more funds are required to complete Phase One and to cover the day-to-day running costs of the orphanage.
In construction terms, every AED 100 donation directly funds the purchase of six building blocks for use in Phase One. And all contributions will be helping to break the cycle of poverty in this small community by providing a structural framework to support the provision of:
- Love and care for the most vulnerable children.
- Education (including English language) and life skills for the future.
- Proper hygiene, meals, clothing and footwear to those who have none.
- Safe and effective medical care.
- Clean drinking water.
- A supportive, committed and productive society for everybody.
Normality has not been restored in Haiti and the problems associated with the earthquake’s devastation have not gone away. Images and reports of the wreckage no longer make prime-time news bulletins, but Frontline Fashion (www.frontlinef.com) seeks to remind people that Haiti still needs our help.
You can help by purchasing one of our humani-tees – all profits go to our project.
Humanity is always in style!