Nov. 3, 2016

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UUP launches Help for Haiti fund drive

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CLICK HERE to donate to UUP's Help for Haiti fund!

Hurricane Matthew left death and destruction in its path through Haiti on Oct. 4, devestating many inland and coastal communities after slamming into the island nation.

Nearly 550 people were killed and more than 175,000 were left homeless or displaced by the storm, although the actual number is likely much higher.

In response, UUP has launched Help for Haiti, a fundraising drive to help Doctors Without Borders provide vital medical care, food and emergency services to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the hurricane. The union has set a $5,000 goal for Help for Haiti, which began Nov. 3 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 31.

Go to UUP's Help for Haiti fundraising page to donate. Just click the red Donate Now button in the top center section of the page to make a donation.

Your tax-deductible donations are needed to buy medicine and vaccinations, food, water purification tablets, and medical and emergency supplies. Your donation will be put to work immediately to deliver urgent medical care including treatment for malnutrition, emergency surgery, and lifesaving vaccinations for people in Haiti.

“As a native Haitian, news of this disaster saddened me deeply,” said UUP Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham. “This fund drive is a way that the union and our dedicated members can help provide aid to those still reeling from this massive storm.”

“Doctors Without Borders is an amazing organization that provides aid to more than 80 countries worldwide,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “And 90 percent of its funding comes from private donations.”

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Known outside the U.S. as Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors Without Borders is the only aid worker organization in many Haitian communities ravaged by the storm; some of these communities are only accessible by helicopters the organization hires and funds.

Doctors Without Borders has provided humanitarian aid to Haitians in need for almost 20 years. It runs several hospitals and clinics, including a clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and the Drouillard Hospital for severe burns, both in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.

It all helps

Even the smallest donations to Doctors Without Borders help save lives. Donations of:

      • $35 can provide two high-energy meals a day to 200 children;
      • $50 can provide vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio, and other deadly epidemics;
      • $70 can provide two basic suture kits to repair minor shrapnel wounds;
      • $100 can provide infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children; and
      • $250 can provide a sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns.

To learn more about Doctors Without Borders, go to the organization's website at

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