Partners with the Red Cross to distribute the food
Over 37,000 lbs of food provided by LAF has been delivered to Haiti as part of the LAF humanitarian relief efforts. The food was distributed locally by the Haitian Red Cross and the Global Confederation for Promotion and Development (Confederation). The distribution was well organized and also covered by the local media. People working on the distribution were supplied with masks and social distancing observed wherever possible.
Dr. Steven V. Melnik, Free Republic of Liberland Honorary Ambassador-at-Large who spearheaded this important undertaking said: “The event was a real success on many levels. Liberland Aid Foundation is committed to providing humanitarian aid during the COVID crises and beyond. This first delivery of largescale aid to Haiti also fostered a formation of a strong working relationship with the Haitian Red Cross. We plan to expand our partnership to the International Red Cross and bring much-needed aid to many other vulnerable countries around the world.”
As of June 23rd, Haiti has recorded 4,300 cases of COVID-19 with 73 deaths. Its borders are closed to the Dominican Republic and all flights have been cancelled. Haiti has seen a sharp rise in cases in June.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas – indeed in the whole western hemisphere. Back in 2010 a major earthquake killed more than 220,000 people. It regularly has outbreaks of diseases such as malaria and cholera, which claimed more than 9,500 people recently.
Haiti only has access to 60 ventilators across the country, limited trained professionals, and a very weak hospital infrastructure supporting a population of 11 million people.
LAF’s link goes back to 2016 when the Foundation was founded in response to the devastation sustained by Caribbean island nations during the 2016-2017 Atlantic hurricane seasons. Liberlanders began planning on how to provide humanitarian assistance to other countries. Bogie Wozniak, Dave Molineaux, Rabbi Altman, Father Philippe Charles (a president of the Confederation), and Dr. Steven V. Melnik started diplomatic negotiations and fundraising efforts for the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
In Feb 2019 Nicholas Rodriguez and a team of Liberlanders from the United States came together and founded the charitable organization that is now known as the Liberland Aid Foundation (LAF) for the purpose of providing Liberland supporters a path to provide humanitarian assistance.
Liberland Aid Foundation is a U.S. registered not for profit organization that received IRS 501(C)(3) status in 2019, thanks to the expertise of Stephen Wood. This allows donations made to the LAF by US citizens and residents to be considered tax-deductible contributions by the IRS.
LAF’s mission is to serve as a charitable and educational organization that allows freedom-loving people to channel their generosity into needs-based humanitarian assistance and other benevolent endeavors based on the principles of voluntary action; to promote self-help through education about entrepreneurship and markets.
“We envision a world where trust exists between partner nations, and humanitarian efforts help to alleviate human suffering so that people can live a dignified existence in a more peaceful world.” Liberland Aid Foundation
The Liberland Aid Foundation is focused on providing humanitarian aid, disaster preparedness, food assistance, water sanitation and hygiene, education, and training, with an emphasis on environmental standards, conservation, and sustainability.
All donations made to the Liberland Aid Foundation go towards helping people in crisis situations obtain the relief they desperately need.
If you are interested in making a donation and helping LAF achieve its goals there are several options available.
Supporters can donate directly through the LiberlandFoundation website, which will allow you to donate either cryptocurrency or dollars.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. All you have to do is follow this link above, sign up and choose Liberland Aid Foundation Inc, and Amazon with automatically donate .5% of your order to LAF.
Supporters can also donate through Facebook, and I encourage those who are on Facebook and would like to stay up to date with the latest news to join and share the group with others they think may be interested.