Nonprofit seeks to help firefighters in Haiti

By Nate Lasseur

The nonprofit International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA) provides humanitarian assistance and training to emergency rescue workers in underprivileged countries. The Republic of Haiti is currently our target country. We travel to the impoverished nation a few times annually to train and deliver donated fire equipment and medical supplies to the Haitian firefighters who are gravely in need of materials and training. Through our relief programs, we hope to make a difference in the lives of these firefighters and the communities they serve.

On November 7, 2008, during one of our trips to the impoverished nation, an educational building collapsed in the outskirts of capital city. More than 100 students and teachers were killed that horrific day. My involvement in the rescue effort of that tragedy allowed me to witness firsthand how ill-equipped and under staff the local Haitian emergency rescuers are. It also emphasizes the importance of this project and confirms our commitment to helping Haiti.

As you’re aware, none of this can be possible without funding for storage of the donated items, shipping arrangements, and travel expenses which our organization must provide in order to operate effectively. To date this organization has operated primarily on donations made by its members.

If you’re able to assist or advise us of any organization that can aid in our development, your effort would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (nate@ifarelief.org.)

For more on our initiatives, please visit our Web site at www.IFArelief.org.

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