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NEA Joins Effort to Raise Funds for Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts

International unions join forces to support students and educators in long-term recovery


WASHINGTON - January 15, 2010 -

The 3.2 million member NEA family’s thoughts and concerns are with those who have been affected by this unspeakable tragedy. Schools, families and communities are encouraged to talk about the crisis and to find ways to become engaged in the relief efforts.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“We have all seen the devastation and the results of the earthquake in Haiti. I reach out today to our members, to ask them to give generously, as they have in crisis situations in the past, to support the ongoing relief and recovery efforts.  This horrible tragedy is just one more reminder of how important it is for us to come together to support each other.”

NEA is participating in the Education International Solidarity Fund, which channels support directly to the National Confederation of Haitian Teachers (CNEH) members in Haiti who have been hit hard by this earthquake.  The funds are managed by Education International; disbursements will be made first to secure lives and second to support the resumption of education.  Checks may be made out to the National Education Association; which will be forwarded directly to EI for humanitarian assistance to CNEH.  These can be sent to:

Haiti Earthquake Recovery
National Education Association
1201 16th Street NW, Suite 614
Washington DC 20036

NEA’s Health Information Network Crisis Guide is an excellent resource for educators, to assist them in not only discussing the situation but in dealing with students whose families may have been immediately impacted by the disaster.

HIN has also a growing list of resources for individuals wanting to learn more about the response and recovery effort and what they can do now to help.

NEA HIN RESOURCES

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2  million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins  (202) 822-7823, mhudgins@nea.org