by / January 20th, 2010 /

Foggy Notions Presents… Two Haiti Benefit Concerts in Association with Concern

At very short notice the good people at Foggy Notions have organised two cracking gigs to be held at Whelan’s on Wexford St, Dublin in aid of Concern’s Haiti Crisis Appeal.

“The appeal is seeking emergency funding for desperately needed food, water, shelter and medicine.”

More information on Concern’s work below David Kitt’s brilliant cover of Womack & Womack’s ‘Teardrops’ from his last Whelan’s show.

Sunday February 14th – Planxty’s Andy Irvine will bring some folk to the stage supported by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, The Hounds & Monster Love.

Wednesday February 17thDavid Kitt will perform with Jape playing a solo electronic set as support, as well as Patrick Kelleher and Goodtime John.

Tickets are €15 from www.tickets.ie or WAV box office [1890 200 078]. Both ticket agents will donate booking fees minus VISA charges to the fund as well.

Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian agency, which has been working in Haiti since 1994, have launched an emergency appeal for an estimated €5 million to deal with the consequences of the biggest earthquake in the country in over two centuries.

The appeal is seeking emergency funding for desperately needed food, water, shelter and medicine.

The earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday 12th January has affected 3 million people (one third of population of Haiti). It is feared that up to 200,000 people could be dead and many injured. In the epicentre of the quake, 80-90% of buildings are damaged, while in other areas 40-60% are damaged. Much of the infrastructure is in ruins including Parliament, Ministries, Hospitals, Schools, Roads, etc. According to our staff on the ground, we estimate that 1-2 million people will require shelter and Non Food Items – these could include shelter, blankets, cooking utensils, soap and other hygiene materials, water purification kits, etc.
Concern Worldwide has been working in Haiti since 1994 focusing on improving the health of those in need, preventing violence in the slums and fighting HIV and AIDS. There are just over 100 staff working in-country and unfortunately, it was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of one of Concern’s national staff members and another former employee. Not all Concern staff have so far been accounted for. To assist in the earthquake response, Concern has immediately sent a number of supplementary staff with expertise in logistics, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and engineering.
So far, Concern has carried out distributions of critical medical supplies, plumpy nut (a high calorie food used to treat malnutrition) and water to the State University Hospital. Distributions of pick axes (to clear rubble), surgical gloves, disinfectant, water purification tablets, water and first aid supplies have also been made to community leaders in two of the areas in which Concern already works.

Concern is currently working in two of the poorest areas of Port au Prince, St. Martin & Martissant where the organisation had existing programmes: Our immediate response is:
· Water distributions (minimum 50,000 people)
· Clean up campaign (cash for work programme),
· soap distribution (15,000 people)
· Temporary latrines (15,000 people).
· Shelter (tents + plastic sheeting). Estimated 25,000 people
· Nutrition. Setting up 7 outreach nutrition centres in displaced locations targeting children under one (initially 700).
Cocnern are sending out 2 charter flights to Haiti. The first, in conjunction with Irish Aid (and WFP & GOAL) is on the way. Concern materials include:
· Jerry Cans
· Plastic sheeting/tarps
· Tents
· Groundsheets

A second flight is leaving later this week including:
· Blankets /More tarps
· Pumpynut, Other Specialised food
· Water Equipment and Materials

Concern’s longer term support may include: Reconstruction, Health Centres, Schools, Roads and Houses; support to host communities and helping families who have gone back to rural areas; livelihoods Support – cash transfers.