Jane Yazzie: Haiti group needs help

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To the editor:

Moffat County residents may be interested in informing themselves of and making a contribution to the Colorado Haiti Project, which the Denver Post wrote about in its March 22 edition.

The CHP and its history are more fully covered at the Web site, www.coloradohaitiproject.org.

The Post reported that CHP, a nonprofit organization working in Haiti since 1996 at the latest, recognizes the current greater need for its in-place projects. It can thus make good use of funding support for its programs in Petit Trou de Nippes, a rural community of 19 villages located 18 miles west of Port-Au-Prince, the damaged Haitian capital.

The population of all rural communities has swelled from earthquake refugees leaving the capital.

The CHP projects are the following:

• A kindergarten through sixth grade school, St. Paul’s. Since 2008, additional secondary school grades through grade 12 have been added and supported by CHP, not only in programs — hot lunch, faculty and school nurse — but also in student scholarships covering tuition, books and uniforms.

• A community health initiative that trains about 34 local women in health and hygiene and then trains each of them to train two others; a program also hoping to expand into maternal and child health care.

• A student health access and reproductive education program for adolescents.

• A Women’s Vocational Center with training in tailoring, cooking/catering and business/budgeting; a center also chosen by FONKAZE as a local site for a branch of its world-known micro-loan program for starting new businesses, primarily used by women.

• A clean water project, CHP’s largest capital project, to dig wells, build a supply system to Petit’s 19 villages and supply in-home filters throughout the villages to households that will be trained in their use.

• A series of new programs in home building, agronomy and agro-forestry, for food-producing trees.

The CHP address is: Colorado Haiti Project, 841 Front St., Suite 100, Louisville, CO. 80027. The phone number is 303-938-5021.

When contacted March 31, its officer said it needs, and would be grateful for, any donations. It is reliant upon individual, foundation, church and community organization donations.

Jane Yazzie

Comments

chefbaden 4 years, 8 months ago

WHY are we helping them??...shouldn't we be HELPING OUR OWN FIRST!!!!!

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john barr 4 years, 8 months ago

we should help our own frst obama can help tham.

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als362 4 years, 8 months ago

We SHOULD help ourselves, but we should send Osama/Obama over there to live forever. Let him tear that country down instead of America.

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Barbara A Smith 4 years, 8 months ago

We are the only country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors, and medical supplies. Imagine if we gave ourselves the same support that we give other countries. i feel bad for them, but who cares about America??

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leroymcgee 4 years, 8 months ago

Only in Craig will somebody be torn down after she politely asks for our fellow citizens to help somebody in need...what a joke. Helping "our own"--whatever that means--and helping the people of Haiti are not mutually exclusive. Close-minded and knee-jerk idiots like the above commenters are the reason so many people are in need, in Craig, in the US, and around the world. Instead of adding a political spin to your response, why not simply commend the effort and courage it takes to help somebody less fortunate than yourself, and maybe, just maybe, ask what you can do to help.

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GreyStone 4 years, 8 months ago

With our misplaced generosity, we are maintaining an untenable lifestyle for these people, they bring more children into this world, who they can not care for. When will this self serving, righteous nonsense stop ?????

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Colette Erickson 4 years, 8 months ago

Well said, McGee. Really, the utter and sheer meanness of most of these posts boggles the imagination!

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als362 4 years, 8 months ago

The only people that possess utter and sheer meanness are those like 3canines and leroymcgee that think America should finance every person in the world that has a problem of some kind.

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Colette Erickson 4 years, 8 months ago

Well, then, I guess we can assume that every poster here who is advocating against helping those outside the US is doing something constructive, generous and positive to help someone in need within the US....

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GreyStone 4 years, 8 months ago

We live in a world with finite space, finite resources and we can not maintain a system indefinably where 2% of the people support the other 98%.

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als362 4 years, 8 months ago

To 3canines; I do in fact help other people here in America. I make donations to Boys Town in Nebraska. I believe there cause is good and that they do many good things for many young people, both boys and girls.

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Colette Erickson 4 years, 8 months ago

Good for you, als362. And, please note, no one is criticizing YOU for making that contribution. Soooo, it follows that anyone who would choose to help Haiti (with their own funds) could do so w/o being lambasted. Likewise, a simple, polite request for help need not be similarily lambasted. Consider your feelings if Ms. Yazzie had made a similar request for Boys' Town, and it had received the same reception as her request to consider Haiti.

PS, GreyStone - the US is not the only country helping Haiti. There are kind and generous folks in EVERY country. The US does not hold any sort of "moral high ground."

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cag81625 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm going to start a Committee for the Second Homeless. Did you know that there are people right here in our community without vacation property? Yes, it's tragic, and we must all help.

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GreyStone 4 years, 8 months ago

3canines,

Just cause the “kind and generous folks in EVERY country” do it, don’t make it the right thing to do. Let us be the first country to do the right thing, look out for our own starving and needy people and not give aid to all the war lords in those third world banana republics. Most of the aid does not even reach the people.

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als362 4 years, 8 months ago

Greystone is correct. The people in this country need to start looking after thier own.
And to 3cannines; you are also correct. I would be elated if others wanted to help organizations here in the US like Boys Town. The main reason I would be so happy is because the organization is here in the US. With America in the shape it is in now, all of our aid should go towards helping our own citizens. Another good place to help kids is the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They run a camp for kids with debilitating and life threatening illnesses. While at this camp the kids recieve all of thier medical care for free.
Again this organization is here in the US helping US kids and families.

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McGruber 4 years, 8 months ago

America is supposed to be the good guys. We stand up for the people who can not stand up for themselves (at home or abroad). If you do not believe that then you do not believe in idea of America.

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als362 4 years, 8 months ago

I cannot agree with McGruber. I for one am tired of taking on everyone in the world like we owe them something.
We owe them nothing. As a country we take care of ourselves. I expect other countries to do the same. There is a limit to the aid the rest of the world should expect from us. Let some other country lend some help for once. If this help is going to be voluntary from now on I am fine with that, but I have had my fill of the US giving everything to everyone while no other countries step up to help. I only can afford so many tax dollars for other people's aid. We should look to help our own and ourselves first.

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