Since the devastating earthquake, the Haiti YMCA has been a lifeline to the community while simultaneously rebuilding its facilities and programs. One year later, this Y has emerged stronger than ever and is providing hope and new beginnings to those impacted.
Haiti YMCA Response and Progress
Immediately following the disaster, YMCAs around the world pledged solidarity and support for the Haiti YMCA and today, on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tremendous progress has been made.
Looking forward to 2011 and beyond, the Haiti YMCA remains focused on its core expertise as a youth development organization—one of the few such organizations in the country. Strategic priorities include staff recruitment and capacity building, extending programming and reach, and strengthening governance, communications, financial accounting, resource mobilization and long-term sustainability.
As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, the Y strives to be at the center of giving people and communities the support needed to thrive – especially in times of crisis.
Since the earthquake, hundreds of U.S. Ys and donors have given generously to the Haiti Y through World Service, a division of the YMCA of the USA International Group. World Service dollars have allowed the Haiti YMCA to begin rebuilding the community and inspire hope in the devastated region. To date, of the more than $340,000 raised through World Service, close to $106,000 has been distributed in support of the emergency relief and initial recovery efforts. World Service and the International Group will continue to work closely with the Haiti YMCA to ensure that the remaining funds designated for Haiti are distributed in support of effective programs for children and other vulnerable populations as well as for the long-term growth and sustainability of this Y.
The Global YMCA Movement
Founded in 1844 in London, England, the YMCA has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world, serving more than 45 million people in 124 countries. As an interconnected global network, the Y has the resources and solutions to build bridges and make our communities stronger worldwide. Often operating in challenging social, economic and political environments, Ys deliver innovative solutions to meet community need and empower people with the skills and opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families.
YMCA of the USA would like to thank the Ys and individuals who have provided valuable technical and financial support to the Haiti YMCA. For more information on World Service, visit www.ymca.net/world-service or call Mary Tikalsky at (800) 872-9622.
Thank you for your continued support of the global YMCA Movement.
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