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Honoring Haiti, One Year Later: Bells to Sound on January 12, 2011

 City Halls, Churches, and Schools to Sound their Bells: Honoring Lives Lost in Haiti - and Recognizing People who Helped

Minneapolis, December 29, 2010 —  

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated the country of Haiti.  One year later, Haiti advocates are asking churches, schools, universities, and city halls across the country to toll their bells in unison on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake—January 12, 2011, at 3:53 PM CST—for 35 seconds, the duration of the Haiti quake.

“In just 35 seconds, thousands of people in Haiti lost everything,” said Jacqueline Regis, a Haitian-American attorney and author who is also a member of the group organizing the “Bells for Haiti” effort.  “Through Bells for Haiti, we want to bring people together a year after the quake to honor those who lost their lives, and to recognize the millions of people who still struggle to find hope in a sea of despair.  We also want to recognize people who stepped forward to help the people of Haiti.”

The earthquake took the lives of 250,000 people and left more than 1.3 million people homeless.  A hurricane and cholera outbreak have also worsened the situation.

At the same time, thousands of people—concerned parents, doctors, school children, architects, teachers, nurses, and many more—stepped forward to help.  Some are working on the ground in Haiti, while others are raising funds in their own way to support Haitians as they struggle to rebuild.

“We want Bells for Haiti to be a reminder—that we are stronger together than we are alone,” added Regis. “We want to tell the world that we remember… and will not forget.”

If you are interested in learning more:

  • Download the "Bells for Haiti" flyer - hand it to people who might ring their bells, share it with friends, post it on community bulletin boards...
  • If your church, school, or city hall would like to sound a bell on January 12, please contact Jenna Myrland at 612-607-6495 (JennaM@archq.org) so that the group can add you to the Bells for Haiti participant list.
  • The committee organizing this event, Konbit - MN/Haiti, is ad hoc and informal, a group of individuals from organizations with interest in Haiti.  More information at http://www.outsidethewalls.org/blog/?m=20101216

Organizations participating in "Bells for Haiti" include:

Annunciation Church, Minneapolis, MN
Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Breck School, Minneapolis, MN
Calvary Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
Carleton College Chapel, Northfield, MN
Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, St. Paul, MN
Catholic Churches of Wright County (Clarion, Belmond & Eagle Grove), IA
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Centennial United Methodist Church, Roseville, MN
Christ Lutheran Church, Stoughton, WI
Colonial Church of Edina, Edina, MN
Concord Elementary School, Edina, MN
Culver Military Academy & Culver Girls Academy, Culver, IN
Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA
ELCA – St. Paul & Minneapolis Area Synods, MN
Elim Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND
Episcopal Church of the Advocate, Carrboro, NC
Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Chicago, IL
Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND
Faith Lutheran Church, Tujunga, CA
Feed My Starving Children, MN & IL
First Congregational Church of Deep River, Deep River, CT
First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN
First United Church of Christ, Northfield, MN
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Food for the Poor, Coconut Creek, FL
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brunswick, ME
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Holy Family Cluster, Clarion, IA
Holy Name of Jesus Wayzata, Wayzata, MN
Holy Rosary Church, Minneapolis, MN
Hospital Chapel, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore, MD
Messiah Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN
Messiah Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis City Hall, MN
Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
N a Sonje Foundation
Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, ND
San Francisco Bay Area Haiti Action Committee, CA
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI
Spirit of Hope Church, Detroit, MI
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN
St. Cloud area churches, MN
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Missoula, MT
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN
St. Joseph the Worker Faith Formation, Maple Grove, MN
St. Joseph’s Church, Farmington, ME
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Miami, FL
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on-the-Hill, St. Paul, MN
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Dalles, OR
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
St. Peters Landmark, The Dalles, OR
St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Edina, MN
The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis, MN
Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, Branford, CT
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland, MN
Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, MN
University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany & Lutheran Campus Ministry, St. Cloud, MN
University of Minnesota
Vermont Haiti Project, VT
Vermont Medical Response Team, VT
Waitsfield United Church of Christ, Waitsfield, VT
Warren United Church, Warren, VT
Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics – Class of 2012 Physical Therapy Students, Golden Valley, MN
Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve, Kenscoff, Haiti
Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles, OR


*The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers are co-sponsoring the Bells for Haiti effort.

Press contact:
Therese Gales, American Refugee Committee (612) 221-5161, ThereseG@ARChq.org

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