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01.23.10

Text HEAL to Donate to Haiti's Recovery

100% to PADF-OAS-HUFH relief efforts

Washington, D.C., January 23, 2010 - People can donate $5 to Haiti's relief and recovery by texting HEAL to 50555, with 100 percent of the money going to those efforts, the nonprofit Pan American Development Foundation announced.

"Five dollars will make a difference," says actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, PADF's celebrity spokesperson. "After participating in on-the-ground relief work for five days in Haiti, I can tell you that the need is enormous."

PADF – which is collaborating with the Jimmy's nonprofit Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and Organization of American States (OAS) – immediately shifted its Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, D.R., staff members to relief efforts after the 7.0 earthquake.

PADF's disaster relief and recovery work covers part of downtown Port-au-Prince and three cities in the Southeast province, explains John Sanbrailo, PADF's Executive Director. It is also providing support to other organizations.

"It is urgent that individuals and companies continue to contribute to our relief effort," Sanbrailo says.

Donations are encouraged by calling toll-free (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Text HEAL to 50555 to donate $5.One-hundred percent of donations go to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

About HUFH
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that puts 100 percent of its donations directly into the cause of helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help.
www.hufh.org and www.HaitianHero.com

About the OAS
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world's oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org

About PADF
PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.
PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.
Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

www.padf.org

Contact:
Michael J. Zamba
Senior Director of Communications
Pan American Development Foundation
t: (202) 458-6180
Donations: (877) 572-4484
Text HEAL to 50555
padf-dc@padf.org
www.PanAmericanRelief.org


http://hufh.org




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