Archdiocese expects to hit $2 million mark in relief drive

The Archdiocese of Boston says it expects that its special collections at local Catholic parishes will net Haiti relief efforts in excess of $2 million. In a statement issued today, Cardinal Seán O'Malley said that the church drive has already collected some $1.7 million— and expects that with 50 parishes still uncounted, that sum will exceed the $2 million mark. The money was raised through parishioner donations since the Jan. 12 earthquake and will be channeled to Catholic Relief Services' efforts on the ground in Haiti. O'Malley is scheduled to travel to Haiti himself next week.

Kerry presses money transfer companies to drop fees

A pair of US Senators — including Massachusetts' own John Kerry, who is Chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee— are urging Western Union and MoneyGram to "eliminate or reduce the fees for money transfers to Haiti through June 2010 after the devastation of last month's earthquake." In a statement issued Tuesday by Kerry's office, the Senator and his colleague Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, were critical of the current fee structure that has been re-instated by the companies after they initially reduced or eliminated fees in the aftermath of Jan. 12.

Capuano sees progress during one-day tour of Haiti

Congressman toured Haiti capital with eye on troop levels, relief
U.S. Representative Michael Capuano visited Haiti last Friday and says he is encouraged with the progress he witnessed. Capuano, who represents parts of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville in Massachusetts’ Eighth district, joined several other members of Congress to meet with senior U.S. diplomats and military leaders in and around Port-au-Prince.

Rep. St. Fleur will not seek re-election this year

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur: Will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives this year.State Rep. Marie St. Fleur: Will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives this year.Updated Feb. 25— State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, who became the first Haitian-American state elected official ion Massachusetts history in 1999, will not seek re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representative this year. St. Fleur delivered the news to a gathering of Dorchester Democratic party activists on Saturday morning (Feb. 19), according to our sister newspaper, the Dorchester Reporter, which has a full report on her announcement here. St. Fleur did not say what she plans to do after her term expires in January 2011.

Children's Hospital blog documents commitment to help Haiti

Nelson Aquino, a nurse anesthetist from Children’s Hospital Boston, went to Haiti last month with a group of Children’s clinicians as part of a disaster response team. Now, after two weeks back in the United States, he reflects on the life-altering experience in the video above. For many more accounts of the way Children's Hospital Boston has helped respond to the disaster, please check out their blog dedicated to Haiti. Thank you to our friends at Children's Hospital Boston for their ongoing efforts.

Gov. Patrick: Fed dollars will go to local groups for mental health, social services

More than $500,000 in federal funding will be distributed by state officials in the coming weeks to assist with mental health counseling and other social services related to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. According to Gov. Deval Patrick's office, funds "will be used to support activities related to":
• Providing mental health services to those directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti;

Brown University sponsors Friday "teach-in" on Haiti

“Framing Haiti: A Brown University Teach-In” will be held Friday, Feb. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, 185 Meeting St. All events are free and open to the public. Brown University is in Providence, Rhode Island. Sponsored by the Brown University Haitian Relief Committee, the event will address Haiti’s rich legacy of art and literature, its history and culture, as well as January’s catastrophic earthquake and the medical crises it engendered.

Rich Innocent: Back in Boston

Rich Innocent in HaitiRich Innocent in Haiti
Many readers have inquired after the BHR's own Richardson Innocent, who provided some of our early reports from Delmas — where he survived the earthquake on Jan. 12. Rich spent the next three-and-a-half weeks helping out friends and neighbors all over the PaP area. On Wednesday, he came home to Boston to regroup. Rich hitched a flight to Florida's Fort Rogers courtesy of Missionary Flight International and then made his way back to Boston via Miami.
Richardson is pictured in this photo (above) as he assisted in a search and rescue operation in Delmas. Innocent says he intends to return to Haiti in the near future.

Prayer service marks one month anniversary of earthquake

An interdenominational prayer service is set for this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End to mark the one month anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The memorial service is organized by the Massachusetts Haitian-American Earthquake Task Force and will include eight different clergy members.


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