how to help in haiti

This Thursday evening the Brattleboro Arts Initiative and the Vermont Jazz Center are co-sponsoring a Haiti benefit concert with Charles Neville, Eugene Uman, the Simba world beat band, and many others. The Have to Help Haiti gets underway at 7 at the Latchis Theatre with the hope of raising over $12,000 for emergency relief. All proceeds will go to Pure Water for the World, a Vermont based organization started by the Rotary Club of Brattleboro.

Pure Water for the World started its campaign in Haiti in early 2008 to bring hygiene, education, and clean water to schools, clinics and orphanages. PWW has provided clean water and hygiene education to 205,000 children in over 725 schools in Haiti.

On the visual art end of the creative spectrum, local students at Waitsfield and Fayston Elementary Schools are joining together to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief through an auction of their original works. Artwork will be on display for bidding through February at the Big Picture Theater, with an opening reception this coming Saturday starting at 5:30pm. All funds raised will be donated to AMURTEL, an international NGO with over twenty years of relief work experience in Haiti.

Art donations in all media can be accepted until February 13. Contact Nora at nora@madriver.com for more information, to make a donation, or to find out how you can help with this project.

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