Montgomery County Council Statement on Earthquake in Haiti and Tropical Storm Grace

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Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 20, 2021

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 20, 2021—The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement in response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14, followed by Tropical Storm Grace.

“We are deeply saddened about the devastation caused by the earthquake that shook Haiti this past weekend, which was tragically followed by Tropical Storm Grace.

“This is a very difficult time for the Haitian community, many of whom have loved ones that were impacted by the earthquake and still recall the deadly aftereffects of the one from 2010.

“Natural disasters, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, make it very hard for humanitarian organizations to aid and provide resources and reconstruction efforts, so we ask that our residents listen to our Haitian community here in Montgomery County and support them in their efforts to help their friends and loved ones on the island.

“Our hearts are with our Haitian residents in this sad time and we commend the efforts of local organizations, businesses and all the nonprofit organizations working to support Haiti on the ground.”

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For residents looking to help the recovery efforts, below are some of the businesses and nonprofit organizations providing assistance to Haiti.

Nonprofit organizations: World Central KitchenUNICEFProject HOPESave the ChildrenWorld Vision Internationalthe Haitian Health Foundation, Operation Helping Hands from the United WayMedical Teams InternationalAyiti Community TrustHope for HaitiMan Dodo Humanitarian FoundationFokal. More information on current non-profit efforts on the ground and how to be of help can be found on Haitian news media organization L’Union Suite’s website and Twitter.

Local religious organization: St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring.

Business: Gisele’s Creole Cuisine in Silver Spring.

The references to the private and nonprofit organizations providing assistance for Haiti are for the information and convenience of the public, and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by the Montgomery County Council. Residents are encouraged to visit websites like Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) and GiveWell (givewell.org) to make decisions on charitable giving. In addition, GuideStar (guidestar.org) provides tools that allow residents to compare data on nonprofit organizations.

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