Jan. 4, 2017

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UUP hits Help for Haiti fund drive goal

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UUP’s Help for Haiti fundraising campaign is a success!

The union reached its $5,000 goal in mid-December; more than 75 people donated $7,743 to 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 injured and/or displaced by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian aid organization that has provided help to Haitians in need for almost 20 years. Ninety percent of its funding comes from private donations.

“Through their generosity, our members have made a huge difference in the lives of so many Haitians who are still recovering from the vicious hurricane that slammed into Haiti on Oct. 4,” said UUP Vice President for Professionals Philippe Abraham, a native of Haiti. “Thank you so much.”

“Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “Doctors Without Borders is a fantastic organization that will put these dollars to good use helping those in need.”

Help For Haiti, which was Abraham’s idea, started Nov. 3 and ran through Dec. 31. The campaign was the union’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew; nearly 550 people were killed and more than 175,000 people were left homeless by the Oct. 4 storm.

The donations will be used to buy medicine and vaccinations, food, water purification tablets, and medical and emergency supplies. With the funds, Doctors Without Borders will deliver urgent medical care including treatment for malnutrition, emergency surgery, and lifesaving vaccinations for people in Haiti.

UUP’s donations collected through Help for Haiti will help thousands. For example, just $35 will provide two high-energy meals a day to 200 children. For $100, Doctors Without Borders can provide infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children.

Doctors Without Borders operates 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. In many Haitian communities, Doctors Without Borders is the sole source of humanitarian aid; some communities are only accessible by helicopter.

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

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