How Is OAU and Africa Helping Haiti?

Posted on January 20, 2010. Filed under: 1 |


I have been watching the trauma in Haiti since last week, and i have not seen any aid or support from the countries in AFRICA.What has Africa contributed or how is Africa supporting Haitians,who are actually Africans themselves.What are the African leaders doing to help the EU and the US and Asia to help Haiti?What contribution has OAU contributed? Have i missed some good news from Africa?

Our African leaders will start crying of lack of funds due to the bad economy we have,but have  they tried to hold a fundraising  or a harambee as we call it in Kenya to raise money?Or maybe, come up with a telephone number where people can call and acquire contributions?Hollywood has contributed,the US has contributed,Europe has,the Arab countries have not and what about Africa? Being poor does not mean we cannot support HAITI SOMEHOW…….LETS SUPPORT HAITI NOW!!!

Clay Onyango.





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7 Responses to “How Is OAU and Africa Helping Haiti?”

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How have u supported them… lets start there?? was at jacinta’s children home this dec.. if there’s any one in stockholm who deserves hat’s off.. yeah u guessed it. That home has grown soo much in the last 10yrs. unbelievable. the few kenyans in stockholm who’ve had the honour of goin there can tell u.. doesn’t take much to help.. just a bit makes a whole lot of difference. most of those kids come from all over kenya, it could easily be your own. well for Haiti, sweden hit the 18m mark cause of people giving kidogo kidogo… lead us there clay. and don’t forget our own kenyan children via such homes.. give back.. only way to get more..

Clay african countries dont say to the world hoew
they are helping unlike 1st worlds. they could be doing more than what yo think

Kama I agree with you,Jacinta needs all the credit for the job well done.I have not done anything to support her that might make me proud,but I have spoken to her about contributing clothes and other items that I get from my company also needs credit for having brought one of the kids here in Sweden and I hope I will be able to give him a hand too.Thanks for asking….My contribution to Haiti is not enough and I still insist what has Africa done?

Clay………I listen to Metro FM South Africa, everyday. and I can tell you South Africa is helping. though you don’t see them shouting and jumping in with paratroopers…….

(side-note:, they have a really good show every morning from 9 to 12)…

Clay you need to seek information to get it, no one will come to your office to tell you news. Anyway i hope this will help you……

Several West African countries have launched initiatives to support the Haiti earthquake victims. A Senegalese songstress wants to raise money through her music, Benin launched a telethon and Lagos State, Ivory Coast and Liberia have donated money.

Renowed Senegalese singer and songwriter, Coumba Gawlo Seck, plans for African musicians to produce a single track, the proceeds of which will go towards helping suffering the earthquake victims in Haiti

In a press statement the musician said to be ”very deeply affected by the tragedy that struck the people of Haiti.”

As part of the proposal being put forward by the Senegalese superstar, a mega concert is also in the making, to be staged in Senegal sometime in February. Among the artist expected to be part of the mega project are Ivorian mega star, Alpha Blondy, Oumou Sangare of Mali, Congolese Papa Wemba, and a host of others from Senegal, Guinea and beyond.

“Our brothers and sisters in Haiti”

Benin has also offered its support and has just launched a telethon to help “our brothers and sisters” in Haiti, Beninese Minister of National Solidarity Ms. Mamatou Bio-Djossou, told the press. “You know how two peoples are linked by history; by the sad memory of slavery,” the minister said. “Many Haitians feel attached to Benin, so we cannot let these people down. We will help Haiti finds its peace.”

Lagos State, Ivory Coast and Liberia have promised to grant money to the government of Haiti. Ivory Coast and Lagos state have offered one million U.S. dollars (690,000 euros). Liberia said it will donate 50.000 U.S. dollars (35.000 euros).

Lagos State Government has opened a Haiti donation venue where items and cash will be collected and sent to Haiti sometime next week.

The Governor, Raji Fashola urged all the members of the House of representative to donate substantially to aid the support of the US, Red Cross and the United Nations in restoring hope to the earthquake ravaged country.

The Governor also added that the government will not only donate cash, it will also send personnel to Haiti.

Ivory Coast’s Head of State, Laurent Gbagbo, said to be “deeply affected” by the tragedy. “Ivory Coast will contribute to the international solidarity” for Haiti, he stated.

source: Africanews/AFP
photo: EPA

Topics: Opportunity, Africa, The Americas
Keywords: Haiti, earthquake, Africa, relief, assistance
21 January 2010

African Nations Join World Community to Help Haiti
Countries are providing money and emergency services

By Charles W. Corey
Staff Writer

Washington — Despite their own financial difficulties and development challenges, many African nations are joining with the international community to donate money and lifesaving or emergency support services to the earthquake-stricken people of Haiti.

Worldwide, governments have now pledged more than $1 billion in emergency aid to Haiti, and the people of Africa are doing their part as well.

South Africa has deployed two search-and-rescue teams to Haiti and South African nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, have launched appeals nationwide for $4 million in emergency aid. The South African NGO “Gift of Givers” has also collected more than $600,000 in emergency supplies for Haiti.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has announced it is sending $2.5 million in emergency aid to help Haitian earthquake victims. DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC, “Congo isn’t bankrupt; our own problems should not prevent us from helping a brother country.”

Senegal’s president, Abdoulaye Wade, has offered $1 million in aid. Gabon, the Republic of the Congo and Namibia are each pledging $1 million in funding.

Equatorial Guinea has pledged $2 million in emergency earthquake relief. In a written statement, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said, “Although our two countries are separated by an ocean, Equatorial Guinea stands with the victims in Haiti in this time of distress and chaos.” The funds pledged by the Equatorial Guinean government, like those of many other foreign governments, are being transmitted to Haiti with the help of the United Nations, the statement added.

Mauritius, which has pledged some $500,000, has mobilized nationwide to help raise funds for the earthquake victims. The city council of Beau-Bassin–Rose Hill, which is the country’s second-largest city, announced January 20 that a TV charity event would be held January 29 to collect donations for Haiti.

The diocese of Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius, through the Mauritian charity Caritas, which is organizing the fundraiser, put out the call for disaster assistance.

Botswana is donating $150,000 to the earthquake relief effort, calling the donation “a token of the friendship, goodwill and solidarity that exists between the government and people of Botswana and the government of Haiti.”

Rwanda is sending $100,000, as is Sierra Leone, while Namibia has pledged $1 million. The Namibian Red Cross has launched a nationwide appeal for the victims and has told the Namibian Broadcasting Company that although the government has responded to Haiti’s predicament, the need is so great the public is being asked to step up and donate as well.

The government of Liberia has announced a $50,000 donation to Haiti. An Information Ministry release detailing the donation says the relationship between Haiti and Liberia dates to the founding of the Liberian state.

In Kenya, the Red Cross has launched a joint appeal with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Benin has established bank accounts to accept donations for earthquake victims and to support the approximately 50 Haitian students studying at a university in Benin, many of whom are now cut off from financial support from their families back home. Benin has also offered to increase the number of national police it has deployed to the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and offered to send military forces to the U.N. mission there.

The list of African donor nations continues to grow day by day.

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