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Charles King Blogs from Haiti

Posted by , January 15, 2010 at 6:37pm

In the wake of the earthquake that hit Haiti this week, Housing Works President and CEO Charles King, and Housing Works Medical Director Vaty Poitevien, a Haitian native, left New York today to go to Haiti and assist PHAP+, a Haitian coalition of PWA-led organizations, to provide desperately needed medical services and supplies to Haitians living with HIVAIDS. King will be blogging as much as possible during the trip. He reports to us from the airport:

Our trip has gotten off to a sad start. Last night, as we were making final preparations, Dr. Poitevien received a call from her aunt telling her that they believe her mother and father were dead. The house appears to have collapsed on them.

In less than 24 hours, we were able to collect over $30,000 worth of medication and first aid supplies. A big thank you to Housing Works Board Chair Dr. David Cohen and former Housing Works Board Chair Pam Brier of Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Marcelo Venegas, Housing Works’ former Senior VP for Health, now at Lutheran Medical Center, Jesus Aguais and the other wonderful folk at Aid For AIDS, as well as a half dozen Brooklyn pharmacies.

We have packed it all into twelve oversize suitcases. In addition, we have on suitcase full of LED lamps, flashlights, work gloves, solar powered radios and electric converters to keep communications equipment charged.

Judy Abbatangelo, our Delta Airlines clerk, was amazing. She immediately waived bag and weight limitations and waved our party to the front of the line. Vaty’s husband, Patrick Prepetit, also a doctor, and her cousin, Edgar Severe, a US Navy medic are accompanying us.

We’ve just boarded our flight, anxious, but happy to be doing something.

Read all of King’s posts at housingworks.org/activism

Please consider donating to Housing Works’ relief efforts in Haiti. Every dollar makes a difference!

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