The project created by Angela Eren in her Landmark Self-Expession and Leadership Program was designed to help Haitians in need though direct aid targetted at specific people. Eren put on a fundraiser which produced over $1,700 for an organization that does exactly that, Lime-Aid.
One of the challenges facing relief organizations as they work to quickly help people in need is getting supplies directly to people who need them. Rob Kramer, of Global Water Trust, one of the organizations that formed Lime Aid, spoke at Eren’s fundraiser after returning from Haiti and said that large amounts of aid is sitting at the airport and isn’t being delivered because it isn’t addressed to specific people at a specific location.
Lime-Aid seeks to make a very concrete difference by helping a couple of specific groups in need with specific things they desperately need.
The organizations supported by Lime-Aid are the ANA Children’s Center and the Brebis de Saint Michelle Orphanage. They are collecting 10 critical staple supplies:
1) 25 or 50 pound bags of rice
2) peanut butter
4) cooking oil
6) bleach tablets
7) milk powder
8 – liquid formula
9) dried meat
10) dry beans
The final thing that Lime-Aid is collecting is of course money, to deliver these supplies to the children, and to help relocate many of them – 54 children from the orphanage recently arrived in Pittsburgh, which was covered by CNN.
According to The New York Times, Lime-Aid was formed by west coast production companies such as Lime Studios teaming with The Global Water Trust to find a specific, targetted way to make a difference – they have been assisting the orphans in Haiti for years before the recent devastating earthquake. To find out more or donate, go to the Lime-Aid website.