( ENSPIRE News ) Rapper to Perform at Miami Benefit Concert, Proceeds Will Go Toward Haiti Earthquake Relief
ENSPIRE Contributor: Sophia Kang
On August 14, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southwestern region, killing at least 2,200 people and injuring over 12,000. Two weeks later, the country continues to battle scarce food supply, limited shelter, and overwhelming shortages in medical personnel and supplies after at least 59 healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed in the quake, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“I would love for all my friends, family, music industry, fashion, and all other industries, and people as a whole to stand up for Haiti,” rapper Future wrote on Instagram following the disaster. “I want to use my voice to do whatever I can to support Haiti during these tragic times…”
On Friday, September 3, Future is headlining a benefit concert in Miami—and all of its net proceeds, COMPLEX reports, will be donated to Direct Relief, a non-profit that is directly responding to healthcare and recovery needs in Haiti. Future has shown support for Haiti in the past: in his 2015 music video for “Stick Talk,” he proudly wears a Haitian flag on his back. He will be joined September 3 by Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, and more performers at Oasis Wynwood, an outdoor venue.
Purchase general admission tickets here. Updated CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people are here. If you are currently unvaccinated, please stay home and consider donating directly to Direct Relief. Learn more about Direct Relief’s efforts in Haiti and make contributions here.
Plus, here are five more organizations that are requesting emergency donations:
- UNICEF | UNICEF is a United Nations agency that supports “child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill-building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation.” A summary of how UNICEF has been aiding victims of the Haiti earthquake, plus the link to make a contribution, is here.
- Hope for Haiti (HFH) | HFH’s mission is “to improve the quality of life for Haitian people, particularly children,” by collaborating with rural community leaders in “five key program areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, access to clean water, and economic opportunity.” A “Summary of Response & Recovery Efforts” in Haiti is found here. Contributions to HFH can be made here.
- Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) | HHF seeks “to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities in Haiti through healthcare, education and community development.” Visit this link to stay updated on HHF’s response to the earthquake. Contributions to HHF can be made here. (Visit this link to learn more about HHF’s work in Haiti during the pandemic.)
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) | Following the August 14 earthquake, IFAW is lending critical resources to animal rescue efforts and providing shelter and food aid to both animals and people. Read more about IFAW’s current work in Haiti here. Contributions to IFAW can be made here.
(For more organizations involved in the Haiti earthquake relief effort, visit Haiti Response Coalition’s list of “Trusted Emergency Responders for Donations.”)
Want to do even more? Here are two more ways you can take important action:
- Fundraise for relief efforts (and then donate what you collect)! If you are interested in organizing a fundraiser for the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), please call 860-886-4357.
- Spread the word about organizations that are doing critical work in Haiti. It’s super easy—follow their social media, like and share their posts, and encourage friends and family to consider donating money or fundraising.