With nearly $50,000 in the bank, the Haiti News Project is approaching a milestone in its fundraising. To accomplish our goals, however, we will need to raise much more than 50 grand.
Still, $50,000 is a tidy sum that speaks to progress and possibilities. It shows that people throughout the Americas and Caribbean are stepping up to help a neighbor who has been dealt a severe blow.
Media in Haiti suffered a crushing blow that threatened to end more than 200 years of press independence with the Jan. 12 earthquake. But individual journalists and publishers throughout the country have resolved to continue delivering vital information to their audiences. We at the Haiti News Project are determined to help them.
The latest contribution to our effort arrived this week, a $25,000 donation from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation.
In addition to Google, other contributors include Diario ABC Color, the American Society of News Editors, Jamaican Gleaner, Inter American Press Association, McClatchy Foundation, Miami Herald, Poder Magazine, Unity: Journalists of Color, International Press Institute North American Committee and numerous individuals.
The funds already are being put to good use. This week, we purchased 20 laptop computers to replace equipment damaged or lost in the earthquake. The computers will quickly be delivered to newspapers and journalists in Port-au-Prince. More equipment and humanitarian aid is on the way, including tents, cameras, recorders, printers, tele-copiers, etc.
In addition to buying equipment, the funds will be used to develop a training program for Haitian journalists and open an investigative-reporting center.
Since days after the earthquake, our project has worked with Haitian media to help in their recovery, including with advice, damage assessments and technical support.
The support of individual and corporate contributors is vital to this effort. You can help by clicking the donate button on this page and making a contribution.