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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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The Creole Connection

The Creole Connection

People-to-People Aid and Solidarity across Borders

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(p.102) 12 The Creole Connection
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Fault Lines
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Beverly Bell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.003.0013

This chapter examines how volunteers and aid workers from New Orleans and other parts of the world offered people-to-people humanitarian aid and community organizing support for earthquake victims in Haiti. The Haitian diaspora rushed to send money and supplies back home through groups tied to specific communities in Haiti, known as Hometown Associations, as well as through churches, places of employment, and other venues. Aside from high-income countries, those that responded to the disaster were East Timor, Estonia, Mongolia, Senegal, and Cuba. This chapter considers the people-to-people solidarity that was showcased across borders in support of Haitians, citing initiatives such as New Orleans' Haitian Youth Music Relief, which has collected more than 1,500 instruments to be donated to destroyed schools in Haiti.

Keywords:   volunteers, aid workers, New Orleans, humanitarian aid, community organizing, Haitian diaspora, Haiti, Hometown Associations, solidarity, Haitian Youth Music Relief

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