Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis have joined Oxfamâ€™s call for funds to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Chris Martin, who travelled to Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 to meet coffee farmers supported by the charity, said: â€œI visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It’s a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.
â€œThe people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance. You can make a donation at www.oxfam.org.uk.â€The band will make a donation to the Oxfam appeal today, and Glastonbury have also donated to the appeal.
Emily Eavis, who was in Haiti with Chris at the same time, added: “I visited Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 and it’s the poorest place I’ve ever been by a long way – it seems doubly unfair that it should be hit by such a devastating earthquake, especially after the hurricanes of the last two years. They do not have the resources needed to cope with a disaster of this scale, that is what makes this so much worse.
â€œI know how hard people there work to try to survive: they have an incredible spirit and face hardship head-on without self pity. I can’t imagine how they are coping now.
â€œGlastonbury is supporting Oxfam’s appeal for Haiti – if you go to the website www.oxfam.org.uk you can leave a donation.”
Oxfam today launched an appeal for millions of pounds as it geared up its response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The extent of the devastation is still unclear but local officials are reporting a catastrophe of major proportions. Thousands are feared dead, millions are affected, and major buildings – such as the presidential palace – have collapsed.
Oxfam has a 100 strong-team working across Haiti â€“ including 15 emergency specialists â€“ and will be responding with public health, water and sanitation services to prevent the spread of waterborne disease. It also has links with a large network of community volunteers who can get aid to affected people quickly.
Oxfam has emergency stocks pre-positioned in Panama and in Bicester, Oxford and is primed to send them to the quake zone if needed. People can donate by calling 0300 200 1999, online at www.oxfam.org.uk and at their local Oxfam shops.