People can still support the fundraising effort by making a contribution online at www.healthyhaiti.org, via mail, make checks payable to Konbit Sante, P.O. Box 11281, Portland, ME 04104 and note Earthquake Response Fund in the memo field, or by dropping off a contribution in person at City Hall in the City Manager’s Office.
The City of Portland is uniquely tied to Haiti through its sister city relationship with Cap-Haitien, a community in northern Haiti. This relationship came about in part from the work of Konbit Sante, which supports health and medical programs as well as other public health projects in the northern part of the country. Last week, Konbit Sante’s Board of Directors announced that it had established the Earthquake Response Fund. The fund was started with an initial donation of $25,000 from Konbit Sante’s operational reserves. The fund raised will be used to address long-term and short-term health needs related to the earthquake.