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a Bandage" Contributions for Haiti Reaches Nearly 50% of Goal
Project Rennwish, Inc.
January 19th, 2010: Today, Project Rennwish, Inc. (http://rennwish.org
(a 501c3) announced that donations and commitments from throughout
the world total nearly $40,000 for immediate relief in Les Cayes,
Haiti. While the target is $75,000 overall, we believe the concept
and ideal of giving
to a "person-to-person" charity will continue to inspire
many in reaching that goal.
"Since the horrendous crisis in Haiti, people from around the
globe: USA, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, Australia, Italy,
Netherlands, Spain, to name a few, have joined together through
community web discussion forums and social networking sites to make
a real and tangible difference." said John Dunkle, on behalf of
Project Renwwish. "Today, Rennwish has a "face". It's
the face of your friends and your community on the Internet. It is
from within those "communities" we have made a measurable
and tangible difference in Les Cayes Haiti over the years. More
importantly given the extremity of the crisis today in Haiti, it is
imperative that we do not fail with the "Buy-A-Bandage"
Project Rennwish "Buy-A-Bandage":
Announced on January 15th, the "Buy-A-Bandage" crisis
relief effort is targeted to subsidize the children, community, and
hospitals in Les Cayes, Haiti, for emergency medical supplies, food,
and basic necessities for its operation and relief of victims --
those items are depleted. In short, we will buy and distribute
Medical supplies for the Les Cayes Hospital, re-stock Pwoje Espwa's
medical clinic, and provide medicine, food, and comfort for many of
the injured children, women and men who are strewn throughout the
Les Cayes region, including area villages, meeting centers and
hospital grounds awaiting any relief whatsoever.
On January 18th, a small amount of money was successfully wired into
Haiti for the initial purchase of food, medicine, and supplies.
"Those much needed goods will be distributed to a village that
is hosting many refugees from Port-au Prince which is now out of
food, one of the local hospitals, and finally, a smaller orphanage
outside Les Cayes that is in critical need.", Dunkle indicated.
"We are fortunate, as many are still struggling to get any
money "in country". We have done so in a tiny but
important way - and we will continue to do so as the funds sent
today will only last a day. While it is one very small step - we are
indeed moving forward.".
Project Rennwish in Les Cayes:
"While we are a tiny non-profit, as compared to larger
organizations, our advantage is that we have developed ongoing
relationships and partners in Les Cayes, which is where we have
focused our relief efforts”. Dunkle continued, "We are
fortunate to have developed those personal relationships with many
Haitian villages, children and partners through the years. I'm often
asked why Les Cayes, and the answer has been that the need is acute
and it’s a region that has been overlooked for now, given the huge
existing crisis in Port-au-Prince."
That model for a non-profit exposure is unique as compared to larger
organizations. The mechanism for spreading the word about this
critical, real-time relief program has been primarily through
"word of mouth" in automotive, collector, and social
forums. "Project Rennwish has no "paid staff" and
therefore obviously, there is no advertising budget. We don't pay
for banner advertising, media spots, nor any of that sort of thing.
Rather, we believe in our model of
"person-to-person"," Dunkle said.
That philosophy has put a "face" on giving… "Let's
be honest," Dunkle continued, "when I used to give to
charity, I wondered how much went to the designated cause or
project. Our objective has been to eliminate that concern, and being
a tiny and focused non-profit, it allows us to ensure that for those
who donate even a single $1, we can pass through that whole dollar
to our programs. So, being small does have its advantages."
In fact, Rennwish has publicly stated often times that when any
donation fees are incurred from bank fees or transfer fees, the
existing owners contribute processing fees back into the donation
amount. "We refer to those who contribute to Rennwish projects
our "stakeholders", as they have as much vested in the
success of our programs as the beneficiaries. This is even more
important during this crisis - where one person's entire donation
directly passes through any organization to assist those most in
need.” Mr. Dunkle said.
Project Rennwish is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to
changing the lives of children, communities and families in need by
providing food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical
assistance. Worldwide in scope, our purpose is to make available
programs and assistance that directly impacts and positively
reinforces personal and family values regardless of race, color,
nationality or financial means. Our objective is to provide an
improved way of life and value based lifestyle to impoverished
regions which positively influences the greater society.
For more information, please visit http://rennwish.org