ALA Sets Up Text Donations to Help Rebuild Libraries in Haiti

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It now only takes two minutes for you to donate $10 to help rebuild libraries in Haiti.

The American Library Association has set up an option to easily donate through your mobile phone.  To donate to the ALA Haiti Library Relief Fund simply text “alahaiti” to 20222, and a $10 one-time tax-deductible donation will be added to your mobile phone bill.

Only 6 months have past since the devastating January earthquake killed over 200,000 in Port Au Prince, Haiti leaving 1.5 million homeless, and destroying countless cultural institutions, including libraries. 

“Unfortunately, libraries are not immune from natural disasters, yet they are critical to the helping people recover,” said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director.  Ten public and community libraries were destroyed, and many others damaged.  Major academic and research libraries/archives housing the patrimony of Haiti also collapsed, or suffered major structural damage.

ALA is raising funds to rebuild three libraries in Haiti destroyed during the earthquake in January. They are the Petit Goave Public Library, the Centre Culturel Pyepoudre Community Library, and the Bibliothèque haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit which was founded in 1873 and holds resources documenting the history of Haiti, French colonization, slavery and emancipation. 

Thanks to a generous donation from Sirsi/Dynix and hundreds of library supporters, $18,000 has been raised so far, but much more is needed.

ALA will be encouraging all attendees and exhibitors at the ALA Annual Conference, June 24-29 to take two minutes to donate $10.

ALA is pleased to announce that our Haitian colleagues will be attending the ALA Annual Conference, including leaders of the three libraries ALA is adopting: Françoise Beaulieu-Thybulle, Director-General of the Bibliotheque Nationale D’haiti; Library Patrick Tardieu, Head Archivist, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit; and Elizabeth Pierre-Louise of the Fondation Connaissance Et Liberte (FOKAL).

Learn more about ALA’s Haiti Library Relief effort, including how libraries can also "adopt" a library in Haiti,

(A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the ALA by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code “20222”; Reply HELP to “20222 for help.)

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