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PotoFanm+Fi Mother's Day Action for Dignity

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Nou Onore Tout Manman Jodi a an Ayiti!
We Honor All Mothers in Haiti Today!

DIMANCH 30 ME | SUNDAY MAY 30

Greetings from PotoFanm+ Fi! We are a new global solidarity initiative to support Haitian women and girls, and grassroots organizations rebuilding after the January 12th earthquake. We are inviting you to join Haitian women leaders and all Haitians to honor Haiti’s mothers today.

A NATIONAL COMMEMORATION

Across Haiti and the Diaspora, women leaders have issued a Haiti Mother’s Day call for a global commemoration of mothers there who died – and those who are living. You are invited to wear white today as a symbolic gesture and to join Haitians in a moment of silence to honor Haitian mothers who died on January 12. We add our prayers and thoughts to the many families who are grieving for their cherished mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters. To Haitian mothers we say: You are the strength of your community! Manman Ayiti a: Ou se fos kominote ou!

We also give honor to Haiti’s daughters. Our hearts are full of sorrow for those whose lives were cut short. We cherish those who miraculously survived. You are a flame, always burning in our hearts. Ou se yon flanm kap boule nan kè nou pou letènite.

We give special tribute and a global thank you to Haitian women leaders -- the great and the lesser-known -- who died that day. You shared a vision– Haiti will build upon it. . Ou pataje yon vizyon -- Ayiti pral bati sou li . We also honor and express our solidarity with Haitian women leaders now carrying the country forward. You are pillars for Haiti! Nou se poto pou Ayiti!

OUR FIRST CAMPAIGN: Action for Dignity - Hygiene Kits for Women in Camps

The current post-quake situation in Haiti remains extremely difficult for many families, especially those displaced and living in abysmal, crowded, dangerous tent cities. Today PotoFanm+Fi is publicly launching our first solidarity campaign Action for Dignity to provide critically-needed hygiene kits for women and girls living in Haiti’s tent cities. Hygiene kits may contain sanitary napkins, diapers, anti-bacterial soap, hygiene and other cleaning supplies to help women live with great dignity and care for their children amidst the worst of circumstances. This campaign will be done in partnership with Haitian women’s organizations now assisting communities in underserved camps and builds upon actions by a growing international feminist community focused on women’s needs (see list below).

Will you join our campaign and support our Mother’s Day Action for Dignity? All funds raised will be used exclusively for this campaign and are US tax-deductible. Simply go to our blog by clicking on the link below and click on the PayPal button or send a donation via check [written out to “PotoFanm+Fi” and earmarked ‘Action for Dignity’ in the subject line] to our office at: PotoFanm+Fi, c/o: 869 43rd street, Oakland, CA 94608.

SUPPORT OUR ACTION FOR DIGNITY CAMPAIGN NOW

Don’t forget to check out the other Mother’s Day activities that colleagues and Haitian groups are doing today. Below are some of the planned activities and groups we know about. You can find out more news and read blogs from and about women in Haiti at our blog: www.potofanm.org

From all of us at PotoFanm+FI, mesi anpil - thanks a lot - and to all in Haiti, Happy Mother’s Day!

OTHERS WAYS TO HELP WOMEN IN HAITI THIS MOTHER'S DAY
Haitian Women’s Groups: Haitian women’s groups are working overtime to help women across Haiti and in the camps. Kofaviv is taking a lead on sexual violence and rapes in camps; so is Kay Fanm in Port-au-Prince, which works on housing issues, too. Fanm Deside in Jacmel works directly in camps. SOFA, the Platforme des Femmes Citoyennes and Lig Pouvwa Fanm unite women’s leaders. Look for information and direct links to support these and other groups coming soon on PotoFanm+Fi’s website at: www.potofanm.org

Lambi Fund for Haiti is a Haiti-US organization that works to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti. Lambi Fund is providing grassroots and rural women with seeds, tools and access to credit for women farmers and fishers. www.lambifund.org

MOTHER'S DAY CAMPAIGNS
MADRE’s Safe Delivery Kits: Madre has been working since the earthquake in partnership with women’s rights groups to distribute tents, medicine, clothing, hygiene products and baby formula for orphans. A gift of $35 will provides their partners in Haiti with one safe delivery kit (include a small bar of soap, plastic sheet for delivery surface, clean string to tie umbilical cord, razor blade to cut cord, bulb syringe for cleaning baby’s nose, pictorial instructions about safe delivery and hand-washing.) Go to: www.madre.org to donate.

Batey Relief Alliance’s new Women’s Empowerment Program is designed to provide leadership training, micro-finance education, and micro-credit loans to 300 women to start new businesses in order rebuild their lives and those of their children and families. Go to: www.bateyrelief.org to donate or mail in a tax-deductible check payable to: Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

SIEU: 1199SEIU’s “We Care for Haiti” team has launched a drive to collect essential items for the women of Haiti, in the spirit of Mothers’ Day and sisters-to-sisters coming together. Members are urged to bring items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, towels, lotion, slippers and deodorant to local 1199SEIU headquarters buildings in NY to be put together in Women Survival Kits, to be shipped and delivered to women in several parts of Port au Prince. Contact the We Care for Haiti office at 212-603-0047 ext. 0048, or email vsylvain@1199funds.org.

V-Day is raising funds for the V-Day Haiti Sorority Safe House, which provides shelter and support to women survivors of domestic violence and their children. To respond to the recent devastating natural disaster, V-Day immediately initiated the V-Day Haiti Rescue Fund for the Safe House and community of women it serves. Donate online here, or send a check V-Day, 303 Park Ave South, Suite # 1184, New York, NY 10010-3657. Please make checks out to “V-Day” and write “Haiti” in the memo line.

Le Projet Nouvelle Haiti‘s “Sunday Project“ will celebrate Mother’s Day by helping to feed the lovely children of Cite Soleil in Haiti. For pictures and updates on the project, you can check out the Facebook page under the same name. For questions on how to donate please contact either Tanya or Carel on Twitter (@TANOU80 + @carelpedre).

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Would you like to get regular updates from PotoFanm+Fi with views and news from and about Haitian women and the rebuilding Haiti effort? Click here to subscribe.

Don't forget to share this special Mother's Day message and our campaign with your friends and colleagues. Spread the word. Haitian women are leading their country forward and deserve our fullest support.

In solidarity and spirit,

the PotoFanm+Fi collective.

PotoFanm+Fi is a new global solidarity initiative to support Haitian women and girls, and grassroots organizations rebuilding after the January 12th earthquake. PotoFanm+Fi operates as a nonprofit, tax-exempt project of World Pulse Media, a US 501-C-3 media organization. All donations are tax exempt. For information, email: potofanm@gmail.com or visit our website at: www.potofanm.org

PRESS CONTACT
Alice Backer or
Anne-christine d'Adesky
potofanm@gmail.com
(415) 690- 6199

Blog: www.potofanm.org

PotoFanm+Fi Address:
869 43rd St.
Oakland, CA 94608

COMING SOON:
E-news & Info Bulletin
PotoFanm+Fi will begin providing a regular e-digest of our network news and blogs covering the rebuilding Haiti issue from a gender and grassroots perspective, plus a monthly e-bulletin covering these issues that will bring you voices and views of, and about, Haitian women.



Sign up and don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues.

Also, please consider joining our global initiative. We welcome one and all to the cause of supporting Haitian women and girls. You’ll find links to join up at: www.potofanm.org

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