It is now several days since the earthquake disaster struck Haiti. Words cannot describe what the Haitians are going through. We, as Radio Amateurs must do whatever is needed to help our dear friends in Haiti.
VE2TKH Steve has recently just arrived back in Canada after his December trip to Haiti, Steve is heading back to Haiti to help friends and their family I will let Steve explain more….
Mr. Jean Robert Gaillard HH2JR whom I am without news from him since the quake. (Ed we now know that Jean is safe) Please if any ham around this world can have some news about our friend Jean-Robert, please share them with us.
I am personally planning with my family and canadians hams friends to go back there to help my friends and a canadian NGO who made a statement today calling for help from radio amateurs to establish an emergency station in or near there office in Port-au-Prince. As far as I am concern, I’ll gladly help them. I’ll call for your help in donations to OFFICIALS sources of help like the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Architect without Borders, Oxfam, UNICEF, World Vision, Care International or CECI (NGO fm Canada). All these organisations are there in Port-au-Prince, I personally saw their office buildings while I was there between Nov 18th and Dec 15th of 2009.
About me, to go there and help, I’ll need some money, but not that much, only what’s needed to cover the plane airfare, the food, the public transport there, and few bucks to buy what my friends will need to comfort them, secure them and feed them. I am contacting now 3 ot 4 radio amateurs who can help building a campaign to raise money to help me in this project to help these haitians people woh really deserve my participation in this relief effort. Surely one of a kind in human History, such as what was done for the 2004 asian Tsunami. To be honest, I’ll turn 33 years old next january 29th and I truly can not stay here in Quebec City doing nothing, absolutely not. Let’s see how we can rally all together as radio amateurs for a common cause, MANKIND. Let’s prove our humanism! the amount of money is not that big comparatively at what it will serve for and do for these people. I have a valid and verified account with PayPal since 2001, things will be easy for all who will be willing to help me a bit.
Infos will follow later on here on how to support me and my project. Pictures showing humanism, not horror, humanism will be provided to you via this website. I personally guarantee that. I’ll try to do the best pictures report I can while time will be allowed for that aspect that is not on top of my list. By the way, here is my list of things i want to do once there.
1- Landing in Puerto Plata, reaching Pétionville via Toussaint Louverture airport road then Route de Frère that connect to Impasse Lavache in Delmas 95 where my 6 friends and 2009 hosts lives.
2- Secure them, feed them, search for missing ones, support them, help them, etc
3- Do the same for the 20 – 25 or so other relatives of my 6 friends. And try to learn about our ham friend Jean-Robert HH2JR, even help him or his family if I can.
4- Help the Canadian NGO/ONG build and/or operate their emergency station.
5- Find an internet access to communicate how things are going on there for the people and about me.
6- Take some pictures showing what us as human beings can do when we rally to help our fellow mans.
7- Coming back to Canada only once evryone I know is ok, burried or in an hospital. Also, coming back only when things will quiet down a bit and life will start to recover a normal paste. It will take the time it will take…
8- These main goals will be brought into focus in their order if possible, but be aware that some of them will be done at the same time or on the same day. Some of them will cross each other. It’s just a list after all.
I truly hope this new experience for me will be one in a lifetime and will show me how I can impact my world. Honestly, we can all have positive impacts on our World. It is up to us, it is inside us, our hearts, our brains, our blood and our veins. Just a simple or little act can do a lot, like the butterfly effect. Thanks.
Steve Toupin VE2TKH
If you would like to donate to Steve to help friends in Haiti you can send a Paypal donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
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