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Sen. Kohl-Welles to hold talk on Haiti Wednesday

December 28th, 2010 by Thea

Washington state 36th District Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is holding an informal discussion about the situation in Haiti, what is being done to create a positive future, and ways individuals can get involved and help for the Queen Anne community on Wednesday evening.

Nearly one year after January’s devastating earthquake, Haiti is struggling under the weight of a cholera epidemic, political violence, and massive dislocation.  Yet, despite all of this, there is hope for a bright future in Haiti.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the underlying causes of Haiti’s current situation, ranging from public health to infrastructure, agriculture to trade policies, and more.  Speakers from NGOs, government and within the community will be presenting from their own personal experiences and their organization about working and volunteering in Haiti, and will offer their insights and answer questions in informal discussions.

A number of presenters will be sharing their personal experiences working in Haiti, and answering questions from the community. The following will be in attendance:

  • State Rep. Eileen Cody and Dr. Jane Simonsen, Haiti Relief Program of Group Health
  • David Eller, World Concern President
  • Erin Murphy, Seattle Against Slavery
  • Phillip Thompson, Seattle Univ., Engineers Without Borders

Representatives from Puget Sound Health Partners, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), and other organizations will also be present.

The discussion will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at the home of Sen. Kohl-Welles and Alex Welles, located at 301 W. Kinnear Pl. (the corner of 3rd Ave W in Queen Anne).

The event will include refreshments and light fare, and there will be opportunities to donate to the presenting organizations. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Devon  Jenkins at seattlehaiti2010@gmail.com or 206-424-6049.

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