In the past few months earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have caused unprecedented devastation and suffering to the two countries and their people.
In response to the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, the international community has already raised millions of dollars in support of emergency relief and reconstruction efforts. However, much more needs to be done over a sustained period of time to support Haitians and the rebuilding of their country. Under the banner of the “Africa for Haiti” campaign, a number of African civil society organisations are combining their efforts in mobilising support for Haiti. The aim is to raise US$20 million in support of specific reconstruction initiatives which will be identified in partnership with Haitian civil society organisations.
It is hoped that this campaign will provide Africans from all walks of life an opportunity to demonstrate their collective solidarity and support for the people of Haiti, thereby uniting Africans in compassion and giving.
To make a donation, visit your nearest Standard Bank branch and make a donation using the following bank account:
Account Name: The African Monitor - Haiti Campaign
Account Type: Money Market Call Account
Branch: Adderly Street, Cape Town
Branch code: 020009
Swift Code SBZAZAJJ
If in South Africa, you can also make a donation by sending an SMS to 38159 (R10.00).
You can also make an online donation by visiting the “Africa for Haiti” website.
Since 2006 SANGONeT is a member of TechSoup Global, a network of NGOs in various parts of the world committed to assisting local NGOs in obtaining donations of essential technology products, information and services. SANGONeT's SANGOTeCH technology donation programme forms part of this initiative.
After the earthquake that struck Chile on 27 February 2010, many areas in the country still have no communication. In response to this situation, the TechSoup partner in Chile, the Centre for Digital Inclusion (CDI), is restoring connectivity to Chilean NGOs through the CDI Mobile Telecentre - connecting individuals to loved ones and connecting NGOs to resources helping them get back on their feet.
Each US$1 000 raised enable the CDI Mobile Telecentre to visit another city, let residents of that city contact their friends and families and work with a local NGO to rebuild its technology infrastructure.
For more information about CDI's work and to make an online donation, click here.
SANGONeT would like to encourage all our readers, users and stakeholders to support these two important civil society initiatives.