WWOZ's heart is full of sadness and compassion for the millions of individuals and families affected by the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.
This is still a disaster in progress, and we strongly encourage the entire ‘OZ Nation to choose one of the ways listed below to help Haiti rebuild, including attending local New Orleans-area benefits.
Please use the Comments section at the bottom of this page to help us build our list of ways to help Haiti through this crisis.
WWOZ asks members, listeners, and fans all over the world to consider donating to one of the following charities:
You can find out about many more charities on the excellent Google Disaster Relief page. The page also provides continuous news updates on relief efforts.
Below is a continually updated list of Haiti relief benefit events in the Greater New Orleans area. Please use the Comments section at the bottom of this page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to add more to our list.
Local musicians Amanda Wadsworth, Peter Cho Trio, Vickie Thomas, Sheila McDermott, Steve Waddell, and many more will perform a benefit concert for Haiti at First Presbyterian Church (5401 S. Claiborne in New Orleans). All musicians are donating their time. Monetary donations will go to Doctors Without Borders and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
For further information contact Rev. Jayne L. Ruiz or Cheryl Roberts at (504) 866-7409 or e-mail email@example.com.
If you are available for a minimum of one hour on Friday, January 29, please go to the Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Road, New Orleans) between 9am and 4pm to help sort and pack medical supplies, food, and clothing for the Haitian relief effort. Also, If you have packing tape, and extra boxes, please bring them with you.
The Hope for Haitian Children Foundation needs your help to clean the warehouse that will store donated supplies until the containers can be shipped to Haiti. The cleanup effort takes place on Saturday, January 30, between 9am and 5pm. The warehouse is located at 3101 Erato near N. Derbigny in New Orleans. For more information, please call Jameelah at (504) 427-2132.
The Haitian Association for Human Development (AHDH) is asking for your help in LaPlace this Friday, January 29, from 9am until to pack medical supplies scheduled for shipping to Haiti. For more information on this urgent request please call WWOZ at (504) 568-1239 or (504) 568-1238.
Donations taken at the door of both clubs will go to Doctors Without Borders for Haiti disaster relief. Bracelets will be available for entry to both clubs, and there will be free food.
24 bands will play, including: Soul Project, Sunpie Barnes, Jazz Vipers, New Orleans Moonshiners, Cottonmouth Kings of New Orleans, John Lisi & Delta Funk, Higher Heights, Jamey St. Pierre & the Honeycreepers, Jerry Jumonville, Dominic Grillo, Washboard Chaz, Margie Perez, Panorama Jazz Band, Loose Marbles, Dave Gregg, Meschiya Lake, Smoky Greenwell & the Blues Gnus, and many more!
A pot luck dinner and a documentary screening of "The Other Side of the Water" will take place this Sunday at the Maison on Frenchmen Street. This documentary follows the journey of DJARARA - the only sustained rara band in America - through a hidden New York landscape of vodou temples, underground economies, violent politics, and ground-shaking music. (Watch a YouTube video of the band.)
Suggested donations will be accepted for the screening & a plate. Food and artistic contributions are also welcome. DJs Tall Jamal and Finger Prince will spin Island and West African sounds before and after.
All proceeds benefit Haiti's Earthquake Disaster victims. 50% will go to Doctors Without Borders and 50% to the event's Haitian performers with family in Haiti right now.
For more info, visit the event's Facebook page.
Restaurants join together on February 2 to donate 10% of sales to the charity of their choice during the New Orleans Night Out for Haiti fundraising event.
For more info, please visit the event's Facebook page.
Konbit Pou Edikasyon, a nonprofit organization formed by Loyola law students, along with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, will hold "Nuit De Soleil," a night of art and music to benefit an education fund for children in Haiti. It will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at the McKenna Museum of African American Art (2003 Carondelet St. in New Orleans) from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Troy Sawyer.
DJ Manga Rosa will spin Haitian classics, and local artist Sarah Dearie and others will sell artwork with proceeds going to Hope for Haitian Children, Konbit Pou Edikasyon and Gris Gris Labs Intentional Community Organizer Training (Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.).
For more info, please visit Grisgrislab.com or call (504) 654-1927.
If you or someone you know is directly involved in the Haiti earthquake or relief efforts, please post in our WWOZ Forum and share your experiences with the 'OZ Nation.
Google's "Person Finder" is a useful tool for those who have or need info on someone in Haiti.
Haiti has deeply impacted New Orleans and Louisiana. 10,000 Haitian refugees doubled the size of New Orleans in 1809, providing most of the city's French influences. Some very important New Orleanians - like jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton and WWOZ Volunteer Coordinator Maryse Dejean - trace their ancestry to Haiti.
The commonalities between New Orleans and Haiti transcend race and geography, from occult traditions and energetic syncopated rhythms to French linguistic roots and violent storms. Unfortunately, they now have one more thing in common: horrific destruction and loss of life caused by a natural disaster.
The days and weeks immediately following such a catastrophe are critical, and like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti cannot rely on government infrastructure to provide relief.
On the Internet, anyone can help from anywhere in the world. The estimated 3 million people affected by this tragedy need everyone's help.