http://oglhaiti.com – Operation Green Leaves is a 501c3 organization dedicated to environmental education and reforestation in Haiti. As part of an ongoing fundraising effort, OGLHaiti is developing an EcoBoutique, showcasing art, jewelry, clothing and other related items.
OGLHaiti’s EcoVillage Project in Arcahaie, Haiti is listed on the GlobalGiving website. If you can spare $10, or more, please visit GlobalGiving.org/6060 and make a donation.
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More than 50 people stopped by during the evening in support of Operation Green Leaves, a 501c3 organzation based in Miami, Florida. Dedicated to reforesting Haiti, OGLHaiti has emerged as a leading advocate for environmental education at the middle school level through it’s Junior Green Leaves Program.
Now in it’s 20th year of operation, this function served as a holiday party and fundraising event, enabling supporters to meet each other, and commit to a unified effort in 2010.
For more information, visit www.oglhaiti.com.
Operation Green Leaves
to the opening of our
3404 North Miami Avenue
(Wynwood – across from Circuit City)
Saturday April 11th, 2009
Noon to 6:00 PM
Protect our Home Planet, Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse
Dear Members and Friends:
On behalf of our Board of Directors and myself, I want to thank you for your continuous support. Your assistance has helped us to continue our work for the past 19 years.
The last hurricane season was catastrophic for Haiti because the island was hit by not one, but 4 storms. The death toll and destruction of property has been the worst in centuries. My concern is that the recovery has been very slow and we are already at the end of March. Before we know it, the next hurricane season is going to be here.
Thinking about this desperate situation, my friend Gene Tinnie recently shared his opinion with me in an e-mail which I would like to share a few lines with you:
“I thought about you yesterday when I had a somewhat belated heartwrenching moment as I was waiting for an appointment and had an opportunity to see the September 2008 issue of National Geographic.
With a brief but shocking article on Haiti, where people were reduced to eating cakes made of clay. We know that poverty is not a natural situation (although it may arise temporarily from natural disasters: floods, storms, earthquakes etc).
Poverty is artificially and systematically created. Poor neighborhoods are made by conscious intent on the part of those who profit from such disparity. Material poverty, in turn engenders all the other related problems: high rates of illness and mortality, desperate competitions for resources leading to crime,etc).
The map and photograph of the island showed a parched and denuded Haiti adjacent to a green Dominican Republic on the SAME ISLAND. How is that to be explained? Why should nature behave differently on different sides of a political border? This is the result of human, rather than natural history.
All of this, made me think of you and Operation Green Leaves. It does seem that both stories – that of Haiti’s quietly kept devastation, and that of heroic efforts like OGL-need to be told to wider audiences. I believe the answer is to do what we can, and to do it well (or not at all). Everything in Divine Time. The situation is dire and urgent, but we can take the time to be well informed so that we may inform others. I sincerely believe that the extreme poverty in Haiti is directly linked to the environmental destruction of the Island, therefore I urge the governmental agencies in Haiti, the professionals, business leaders and nongovernmental organizations to make the environmental issues in Haiti a priority. Haiti needs a National Environmental plan where all spectrum of the society is involved.”
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