Six months ago CaribPress spoke with Jean-Marie Monfort Hebert Georges Fils Laguerre about his passion for Haiti and his efforts to revive “Haitian Bleu”. Today, this Haitian native is anxious and fearful, but remains hopeful that families and friends in Haiti have survived the largest quake (7.0) to hit the Caribbean nation in two centuries on Tuesday.
TiGeorges is busy coordinating with local Haitians and planning a relief drive at his Glendale Boulevard restaurant - TiGeorges’ Chicken - located Northwest of Downtown Los Angeles at 309 Glendale Boulevard. Haitian Americans are frantically trying to get in touch with their families back home and the relief drive is way of connecting to share information.
“The country of Haiti is in Chaos and they truly need our help,” said Laguerre.
The world communities are now sending respective rescue teams to the island to assist the people of Haiti.
Neighboring Caribbean island Prime Minister of Jamaica Mr. Bruce Golding will lead a delegation, which will include the Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, to Haiti sometime today. The delegation will assess the nature of immediate assistance which can be rendered by Jamaica in conjunction with international partners following Jan. 12th devastating 7.0 earthquake.
In his remarks to the nation, U.S. President Barack Obama has directed his administration to respond with a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives. “The people of Haiti will have the full support of the United States,” he said.
The U.S. President was quick to acknowledge that we are experiencing tough times here at home. Still he encouraged those Americans who want to support the urgent humanitarian efforts to go to whitehouse.gov where they can learn how to contribute.
People here in the U.S. are feeling stunned, frustrated and helpless. Friends of Haiti have responded with generosity and compassion. Tigeorges is asking the local community to stop by the restaurant on Thursday at 5pm to show their support for Haiti.
Other local events includes - “Mother’s for Africa” a non-profit organization will be having a fundraiser for Haiti on Saturday, January 16th at 6pm at the Afiba Center located at 5730 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles. Contact Micheline Robertson at (310) 903-3932 for information.
Haitian native and Los Angeles based actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is still uncertain the fate of his elderly parents in Haiti after receiving the news a powerful earthquake struck the nation. Jean-Louis learned that a house he had grown up in collapsed, killing several of his relatives.
Jimmy is the founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a nonprofit organization whose original mission was to provide sports and cultural education to underprivileged youth on the island.
HUFH is currently focusing on providing support for victims of the earthquake and accepting donations of all kinds for this purpose. At the present time, HUFH is seeking two kinds of donations: financial and equipment. Please log on to www.hufh.com for further information on how to make your donation.
If you need any information about any other local Caribbean-American community relief effort or event in the Los Angeles area please call our CaribPress office at (323) 508-2626.