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11/05/2010

Help Haiti, Send a Tent.

3 MONTHS AFTER HAITI QUAKE A DESPERATE NEED FOR SHELTER REMAINS

Although many charitable organizations have sent tons of food, clothing, and medicine to help Haitians, victims of the earthquake desperately need shelter and they need it right away. It is estimated that about 1.3 million people were left homeless, and only 40% of those have received shelter.

The United Nations and several international relief agencies are raising concerns about dangers posed by the Caribbean rainy season that runs from March or April into fall. Many people are still sleeping in broken-down and unsafe buildings or simply in the elements outside, and need some type of shelter right away

Christian Stout began the campaign as a humanitarian effort and Eagle Scout Service Project. He is working with REI and JAX Outdoor Gear, both in Fort Collins, to collect the tents. HELP International, a not-for-profit, humanitarian aid organization, will coordinate with Stout to ensure all tents are distributed within Haiti by the end of May.

“Support from the outdoor industry has proven crucial to the Haitian recovery effort,” said Chas Fisher, president of Nikwax N.A. “With a second major crisis looming as people remain homeless going into the rainy season, we support Christian’s endeavor to keep the recovery efforts alive and we’re proud to send products that will help protect the victims. While ensuring the health and safety of the Haitians is the top priority, I’d like to also commend Christian. At 16 years old, he is truly thinking globally and acting locally.”

Nikwax will send product to treat the number of used tents donated to “Tents for Haiti.” If you live in the Fort Collins area and would like to donate a tent, please drop it by the REI on South College Avenue or the JAX Outdoor Gear on North College Avenue. If you are outside of the Fort Collins area, please contact Christian Stout (christout@gmail.com) to contribute to the effort.