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Helping the Deaf in Haiti

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I recently got asked by a friend to post this–very important cause and please share!!!

There is a NEW URL for it. It is located at:

http://startsomegood.com/helpdeafhaiti

The site will only be up until July 15th.

Recently, I learned that three women from a deaf Haitian community that I spent last summer living among were brutally murdered.

Jesula Gelin, Vanessa Previl, and Monique Vincent were on their way home from a trip to Port Au Prince when they encountered a fallen bridge and were forced to make their way on foot. The three women went to a nearby town and knocked on the door of what they thought was a distant relative to try and find shelter. Instead, they were brutally beaten, burnt and had their tongues cut out because their killers thought they were cursed because they were deaf.

Many people in Haiti believe that disabilities are contagious or caused by a hex. As a result, people with disabilities are often neglected, abused and frequently referred to as ‘Cocobe,’ which means worthless. This is the type of discrimination I have devoted a large part of my life fighting against.

This community was already struggling because it was relocated to a largely unsustainable place after the 2010 earthquakes ravaged their homes. Jobs are scarce, there is no access to safe drinking water, they do not have electricity and they frequently must deal with theft because intruders take advantage of the fact that they cannot hear. I watched many go for days without food. Now they also live in fear that someone will kill them because they are deaf.

This is a rich community, ready and willing to work hard, if only given the chance. I hope you will join me in my effort to help them. To learn more about the project I am raising funds for, please click here:

https://startsomegood.com/helpdeafhaiti

If funds are tight (and even if they aren’t), you can still help by passing this project on (http://startsomegood.com/helpdeafhaiti) whether to Facebook friends or by email. Let’s not let these horrific deaths be for nothing.

Thank you for your support.

Peace and Love,
Elise

Elise Roy
Innovation Strategist | Designer | Human Rights Advocate

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