Local residents looking for ways to funnel help to victims of the Haiti earthquake have a Larchmont option: the Resource Foundation. Begun in 1987 by Larchmont resident Loren Finnell, the Resource Foundation raises funds in this country to support non-profits operating in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since the earthquake on January 12, donations to the Resource Foundation have been pouring in. And Mr. Finnell and his staff have been putting the funds to work in Haiti through their Haiti-based partners.
Among those already responding to the crisis is Espereranza International.
“They help in health, in shelter. They will do anything that needs to be done,” Mr. Finnell told the Gazette on Friday, January 15.
Mr. Finnell indicated that there are many government and relief organizations arriving in Haiti to address immediate needs. However, Resource Foundation partners are expressing concern for mid- to long-term needs for:
* Infrastructure improvements and/or reconstruction
* Shelter and housing
* Salaries for emergency personnel
* Basic living necessities
* Support for transportation and logistics
* Emergency supplies