As you might have seen in the news, thousands of Haitians arrived in the U.S. last week in search of respite from extreme poverty and repression. They were met with violence and mistreatment, illegally denied access to the U.S. asylum system, and unreasonably dismissed, detained, and deported. Thousands of Haiti’s most vulnerable residents, seeking reprieve after experiencing the tragedy of extreme political violence, devastating natural disasters, and the Covid-19 pandemic, now find themselves even more vulnerable and subject to increased violence.
What If Foundation works in partnership with the Haitian grassroots organization Na Rive to provide emergency aid, hunger relief and educational opportunities for Haitian youth and families in Port-au-Prince. We are not an advocacy organization, nor do we work directly with Haitian migrants, yet we stand in solidarity with the Haitian people and are heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of Haitians at the U.S. border.
“It breaks my heart to see how our brothers and sisters at the U.S border are being tossed away as if their lives don’t matter. The people of Haiti are struggling like never before and are taking desperate measures in search of survival, relief, and hope for a better future for their families. Our food and education programs are a source of respite and hope but we cannot reach everyone and the need is so deep. I pray for the day we all stand together to secure justice, peace and dignity for every child in this world.”– Lavarice Gaudin, Na Rive Program Director
“Tout moun se moun.” Every person is a human being. As supporters of our work, we know you all join us as we stand with Haitians at home and abroad asking that all humans, regardless of their immigration status, race or country of origin, be treated with humanity, dignity and respect.
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