Bermuda is mobilising some of its resources to assist with the recovery efforts in Haiti. In a statement by Dr. Brown yesterday it was announced that:
The Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing, Lieutenant Colonel David Burch last evening requested His Excellency the Governor and the Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment to identify volunteers for a possible humanitarian mission to Haiti under the auspices of CARICOM.
Additionally, other Ministry resources are being identified should the need arise.
Haiti has already suffered the effects of powerful hurricanes in 2008 and it continues to grapple with economic misfortunes of a high order. It is all the more urgent that support is necessary now.
It is said that much is expected from those to whom much is given. Notwithstanding some of our present difficulties, we in Bermuda are fortunate to be in a position to help.
When it is clearer what help we can give as a community in the days and weeks ahead, I will be asking you to respond with Bermuda’s usual generosity. We expect that we may be able to offer help with shelter, food, clothing and medical supplies, along with financial donations.
We will be in contact with CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency) and PAHO (the Pan American Health Organization) who are coordinating efforts in the wake of this terrible disaster.
Haiti, despite its present difficulties, has an extraordinary history of resilience in the face of natural and man-made disasters. We know that their resiliency will carry them forward at this time. We are grateful that we are able to offer our support.
The Red Cross has set up accounts at HSBC Bermuda (Bank of Bermuda) and the Bank of Butterfield to which donations can be made to support emergency response operations of the Haiti Red Cross.
You may also make donations to Yéle Haiti (formerly the Wyclef Jean Foundation). Wyclef Jean started Yéle Haiti as a movement to help bring hope to Haiti.
Additionally, for those that can spare some change, the Bermuda Red Cross has arranged the following methods of giving financial assistance:
You can donate to the Red Cross of Bermuda by phone, via bank transfer and by mail:
Bank of Bermuda, 010-187417-011
Bank of Butterfield, 20-006-060-663859-200
Call Red Cross at 236.8253 with debit/credit card details
Mail cheque payable to “Haitian Earthquake Appeal Fund” to:
Bermuda Red Cross, Charleswood, 9 Berry Hill Rd., Paget DV 03
Yele Haiti is a charitable organisation set up by the musician Wyclef Jean, who has now arrived in Haiti to assist with the rescue efforts, and he has asked for people to also make donations to this charity to help with recovery efforts there.
Regional aid to Haiti is also mobilising, with Cuba having set up field hospitals in Port-au-Prince, Venezuela has sent rescue and medical teams, Caricom efforts are being organised from Jamaica, with the vanguard having arrived in Haiti yesterday. Brazil, China, Taiwan, France and the UK have also sent initial rescue teams, and the US is sending troops, Coast Guard and US naval ships to help coordinate the efforts. I believe they are also sending a hospital ship.
The Bermuda Regiment has some experience in post-disaster recovery efforts in the region, with the most recent operations being in Cayman and Greneda after they were hit by hurricane Ivan a few years ago. I wouldn’t send the recruits in boot camp right now, but whatever soldiers they can send should be helpful.