Friday, 5 March 2010
Today the maid came home. She lost her left leg and broke her right arm in the earthquake. Her eldest son and husband are dead. We loaded her up with stuff including Marian Edey's back pillow (left at a meeting in Sausalito), a blanket borrowed from an airline, and lots of food. She may be moving to an "orphanage" with her sons (twins David and Daniel - pictured with their mother) to recover.
One of our friends known for his work with street youth has been given a large hunk of land for 75 kids, supported by UNICEF, where we hope to set up a dome factory. Both Pacific Domes (www.pacificdomes.com) and Ashoka fellow Helen Samuels (www.greendomeprojects.org) are looking to set up dome-production facilities here in Haiti and we are working with both.
Pacific Domes has been making domes for 40 years (go Asha Deliverance!) and has already donated 30 domes for various sites around Haiti.
I am sponsoring one 60-foot dome to house the government (30 people and desks) while they get back on their feet. I am doing this out of my home-equity loan, and am grateful for whatever assistance people can provide by donating to Airline Ambassadors at www.airlineamb.org.
We have established a volunteer base here where Ashoka fellows from around the globe can come and donate their expertise.
AAI Medical Director