The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism Reassures Visitors Punta Cana, La Romana, Samana, Puerto Plata and Other Cities are Receiving Tourists

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism assures visitors that all of its cities, tourism and resort areas are conducting normal business operations. Also, the DR government, consulates and embassies are working diligently with the international community on Haiti earthquake relief. Millions of Dominicans have donated time, money, supplies and expertise to help Haiti in these critical hours of need.

 All of the tourist areas, hotels, resorts, airports and seaports are open and receiving visitors. The DR experienced no damage from the quake or its aftershocks. Major tourism regions Punta Cana and La Romana on the East Coast, as well as Samana and Puerto Plata along the North Coast are welcoming winter season tourists from all over the world.

 The southern region of the DR has been a stable staging area for the Haiti relief effort and a reliable alternative route into Haiti. Three key airports and a roadway in the DR’s southern region are being used to receive international relief supplies through mostly rural areas of the DR not frequented by visitors. The DR government has stationed military, police and immigration officials along the DR border reinforcing relief efforts to help Haiti. The DR has strong border control permitting only crossings for humanitarian reasons, while also sending critical supplies, equipment, medical experts and millions of dollars for food and relief kitchens directly to Port-au-Prince.

 The DR shares the eastern third of the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Punta Cana, the major global tourism destination in the DR is located approximately 400 miles (633 kilometers) east of Haiti’s capital, or a 10-12 hour drive, with numerous mountain ranges separating the two countries.

DR Tourism Update:

  • All of the DR’s eight international airports are open and receiving commercial flights. All flights in/out of the DR are running smoothly.
  • All of the DR’s cruise terminals, seaports and marinas are open, operating effectively and receiving visitors.
  • All of the DR’s beaches, hotels, resorts and tourism businesses are conducting normal business operations.
  • The DR is providing some space at strategically located key airports however this is not disrupting commercial flights.
  • The DR did not experience any damage from the secondary aftershock that occurred Thursday morning.
  • The DR has strong border control with military, police, medical and international aid officials helping Haitians.
  • The DR’s security, health, communication and transportation systems are all operating normally and effectively.

For more information on the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, La Romana, Samana and Puerto Plata, visit:

Aeropostale, Inc. and Join Teens Nationwide to Support Homeless Teens in Haiti and the U.S.

Teen Retailer will match the first 100,000 jeans donated thru the Teens for Jeans campaign with brand new jeans for Haiti disaster victims

 NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In support of its third annual “Teens for Jeans” initiative with teen not-for-profit, NYC-based teen retailer Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO) announced it will be matching the first 100,000 pairs donated with brand new jeans to be delivered to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. 

 ”Teens for Jeans” raises awareness about the youth homelessness epidemic by inspiring teens across the U.S. and Canada to collect gently worn jeans and donate them to homeless youth in their own communities. In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Aeropostale, Inc. and are extending the campaign’s reach beyond the U.S. and Canada to help teens affected by the disaster.

 ”Most teens don’t have credit cards or disposable income, but they want to make a difference,” says Chief Marketing Officer Aria Finger.  “ never asks teens for money — we just want their passion, creativity, time and now their jeans.”


The campaign collected over 200,000 pairs of jeans in 2009 and this year teens are already gearing up to top that effort.


“Teens for Jeans is one of the cornerstones of Aeropostale’s charitable efforts to benefit teens. What makes this year’s campaign so special is the opportunity for us all to think locally and act globally,” says Aeropostale’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Scott Birnbaum.  “The crisis in Haiti makes us painfully aware that help is needed not only in our own backyards but in communities everywhere.”

 Twilight: New Moon star Ashley Greene and funnyman Justin Long came together to shoot a Public Service Announcement for the campaign.

 ”When I heard the statistics, it was hard to ignore. Teens everywhere want to help with this important issue of youth homelessness and now the earthquake in Haiti,” explains Ashley Greene.” I want to do everything I can to help young people take action, and ‘Teens for Jeans’ is a great way for them to get involved.”

 ”I got involved with this campaign because it is so important that no teen goes this winter without warm clothes,” Justin Long adds. “I want every fan to join me in bringing their jeans into any Aero store to make this the most successful year ever.”

 You can view their PSA at

Starting Tuesday, January 19th until Sunday, February 14th, people are encouraged to bring in any brand of their gently worn jeans to any Aeropostale store in the U.S. and Canada. Aeropostale, Inc. and will make sure the jeans are donated teens in Haiti as well as to one of the 600 local youth shelters that have been selected as partners.  As an extra incentive for those who donate, Aeropostale will give an additional 25% off a new pair of jeans, though no purchase is necessary. Donors will also have the chance to win signed jeans from Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, cast members of 90210, Glee, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and many more of today’s young stars.

 In addition to getting customers involved in stores, Aeropostale, Inc. and are encouraging teenagers in their local high schools and colleges to coordinate “Teens for Jeans” school drives.  Students who collect more than 500 pairs of jeans will receive a banner for their school, recognition on the and Aeropostale websites and the chance to win a pizza party for their entire class.


To learn how to get involved or for more information about teen homelessness and what you can do, visit

 About Aeropostale, Inc.

Aeropostale, Inc. is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale® stores and 7 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Aeropostale® maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aeropostale® products can only be purchased in its Aeropostale stores and online at P.S. from Aeropostale™ products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores and online at The Company currently operates 894 Aeropostale stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, 44 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 14 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in 5 states. 

 About Do Something is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people rock causes they care about  A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, in on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers:  teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.  Plug in at


‘All for Haiti’: America TeVe Starts a Humanitarian Bridge to Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti

America TeVe’s family urges South Florida to Join This Community Effort for People Affected

 MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — America TeVe announces that this Friday, January 22 beginning at 4 p.m. on “Arrebatados” and during our live programming, “Noticias 41,” “Aqui Todos Ganan,” “El Show de Fernando Hidalgo,” “A Mano Limpia,” and “Pellizcame que estoy Sonando” we will unite for the special coverage of “All for Haiti” in an effort to collect essential items for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

 During our special coverage of “All for Haiti” we will urge the South Florida community to come to America TeVe and drop off any  donations that could help victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.  America TeVe’s talent:  Maria Laria, Juan Manuel Cao, Yossie Galindo, Nelson Bustamante, Fernando Hidalgo, Oscar Haza, Carlos Otero, Felix Guillermo, and Alejandra Molina, among others, will be present for this special assignment, whose goal will be to obtain donations brought to our facilities located at 13001 NW 107th Avenue, Hialeah Gardens. Over 100,000 dead, a devastated population, pain, need and desperation have been the outcome of this disaster. America TeVe is requesting urgent help from the community to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Those willing to help with the cause, please bring the following to our facilities located in Hialeah Gardens: water, canned food, tents, infant supplies, flashlights, clothing, medicine, basic necessity items for children and adults, and monetary contributions. Join America TeVe in this humanitarian effort … “All for Haiti”!

“It’s hard to imagine the devastation caused by this earthquake. America TeVe will do everything in our power to help those who have been so affected by this disaster,” said Omar Romay, president and CEO of America TeVe. “We remain committed to working together and in providing aid to rebuild Haiti.”

 Several nonprofit organizations in South Florida along with America TeVe clients and sponsors will be present during this special coverage of “All for Haiti.” They, along with our talent will encourage the community to extend a helping hand to the people of Haiti.

 From Haiti, America TeVe will have direct contact with Marilou Roy, from Port au Prince, who has offered help to hundreds of Haitians, who have been left homeless.  Roy, with the help of her family, has taken responsibility for many of the victims by giving them food and a place to sleep in her home.

 We will work with Roy, one of our sources in Haiti, and Signal 90.5 FM radio station through our site  We will also be in contact with 90.5 FM, a radio station in Haiti, through which the Haitian community will have direct contact with our channel and by joining forces with Haiti’s radio station, our channel will have direct contact with the victims.

This Friday, January 22, beginning at 4 p.m., join us on America TeVe “All for Haiti”. America TeVe Channel 41 can be seen in Miami, Broward Comcast, Pompano, Davie, Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale, Miramar, Pembroke Pines; Channel 15 in Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Miami Metro, Opa Locka, Miami Classic, South Broward, Miramar, South Dade, Aventura, West Miami, Coral Gables; Comcast Channel 12 in Century Village, Pembroke Pines, Grand Palms; Comcast Channel 2 in Redland; Comcast Channel 18 in South Miami, Miami Beach; Atlantic Broadband Channel 17, Channel 41 on Dish Network on Direct TV Channel 41, Channel 860 and Dish Network in Puerto Rico.


Brooklyn Band Wins NY Jamaica Jazz Fest Band Quest


CARIBPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2010: An eight -member reggae band from Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night became the winner of the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Band Quest in New York City.

Under the Rasta Influence, or U.R.I., beat out the New Kingston Band in a close competition to walk away with the title and the opportunity to perform before thousands at the Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Jamaica later this month.

 U.R.I., led by lead singer Donovan Ernest, won from a field of nine other bands that included New Kingston, 770 MPH and Lyndon John X and the Unifighters from Canada, PCMG from Los Angeles, Mosiac Foundation from Rochester, NY, the Soulutions, Ano Okera and Barbee at the finalists audition at SOB’s in New York City.

 “It’s a great opportunity for us and the rest of the band to go to the birthplace of reggae music,” commented Ernest on the win. “It is most positive and all about the vibes.”

 U.R.I. is made up of Ernest along with Stephen Gold, Taylor Cannizzaro, Russ Mitkowski, Mike DeRosa, Sean Lewis, Tim Shipman and Whitney Brown.

 The New York finalists audition was presented by Link Up Media Group, Jamrock Magazine and Turn Key Productions, producers of the annual festival. Judges included renown musician, Monty Alexander; record label executives Cristy Barber of VP Records and Margeaux Rawson from Universal Motown Records; Jamaica Tourist Board representative, Christopher Dobson and radio personality of and Sirius, Ken Webb.

 In a separate audition held in Florida on January 5, 2010 at the Ginger Bay Cafe, the Florida winner was  Jazz musician, Jon Saxx and his band, Endless Possibilities.

 All Jamaica Band Quest winners will be flown to Jamaica to perform from Jan. 28-30th.

 The annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival will be held from January 24-30, 2010 in Jamaica.

 The festival has become synonymous with the culture of Jamaica and will feature not just local performance but a slew of international acts including multiple award winners Gladys Knight, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Joe Roy Jackson, Kelly Price, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World, Machel Montano HD, Marion Hall, and the Max Klezmer Band. 

Jamaica Jazz since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica. This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board. Other sponsors include Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort, CVM TV, Link Up Group, Jamrock Magazine and The Gleaner Company among others.

 Tickets and packages are still available at


PHOTO: NY Jamaica Band Quest winner, U.R.I. (Under the Rasta Influence) to Include Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts in Toll Free Number Donation Program

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ — is responding to the crisis in Haiti by adding Haiti earthquake relief organizations: the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders into their donation program for their toll free number clients. When customers use a toll free or local number, half a cent from each minute of talk time gets donated to the charity selected by the client. Over time, the donations can add up to hundreds of dollars, thus making the potential impact of this program boundless.

 Haiti has recently been hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, just off the Haitian capital Port au Prince, which has left the country in shambles with thousands killed and three million lives impacted.

 ”It’s unimaginable what people are going through in Haiti after the recent earthquake. As small business owners and average Americans, all we can do is donate the money to the people who need it the most,” said Daniel Bernal, Co Founder of

 The American Red Cross is the nation’s top emergency response nonprofit organization which helps victims of war and natural disaster. felt the need to add this organization because they are at the forefront of most, if not all, disaster relief efforts worldwide.

 Doctors Without Borders, provide volunteer doctors and medical personnel to over 60 countries. Founded in 1971 Doctors Without Borders is made up of 19 associative organizations. is a toll free number provider that donates a portion of their profit for each minute of talk time that customers use. Clients can choose the charity of choice that they want to support. Run by a proactive team that is constantly on the cutting edge of technology and service, is always adding new features to their service. is owned and operated by Dynamic Interactive Corp.

 CONTACT:  Stephanie Hill or Daniel Bernal, both of Dynamic Interactive Corp., 1-877-278-0425,


HBO Latin America Group and Flow Present Warner Channel in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — HBO Latin America Group signed a carriage agreement with Flow to offer its subscribers the Warner Channel in Jamaica, which will be part of its basic programming package in the country.

    “We are very pleased to be able to offer Flow subscribers the most interesting, entertaining and greatest television productions offered by Warner Channel in Jamaica,” commented Javier Figueras, Vice-president of Sales for HBO Latin America Group.  “In this sense, Warner Channel is undoubtedly the best alternative in the market for television and film options because it has an excellent selection of highly acclaimed productions,” he added.

    Warner Channel is a pan-regional television subscription channel with presence in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean.  Its signal reaches approximately 20 million homes in 24 countries around the continent through 5 different signals that adjust according to the different time zones and languages of the region.

    Warner Channel’s Prime Time remains at the forefront, with shows ranging from drama to comedy, as well as mystery, action and science fiction. Aside from the most acclaimed film productions from Warner Bros. Studios, this channel also offers television options that range from the drama of The Mentalist and Gossip Girl, to the suspense of Cold Case and Fringe, to the science fiction of Smallville and Supernatural, to even the refreshing comedy of Two And a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

    Due to the agreement between HBO Latin America Group and Flow, this is the first time that the Warner Channel is being broadcast in Jamaica. Flow subscribers will now be able to enjoy HBO LAG’s varied and comprehensive television programming and packages throughout the country, including channels like HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Family, Cinemax, Max Prime, and HBO HD, among others.

  About HBO Latin America Group

    HBO Latin America Group(SM) is a group of companies affiliated with Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Ole Communications Group. The HBO Latin America Group(SM) and its leading companies own, manage and operate cable and satellite programming services in the Region including the signals of HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO HD, HBO On Demand, Cinemax, Max Prime, A&E, Animax, AXN, E! Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television, The Biography Channel, The History Channel and Warner Channel.

 SOURCE  HBO Latin America

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HBO Latin America and Flow Reached Broadcast Agreement

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — HBO Latin America Group (LAG) and Flow, Jamaica’s Broadband Company, formally announced today that both Companies have signed an agreement for the transmission of the HBO LAG channels to be broadcast in Jamaica at a media reception held in Kingston.

    Under the Agreement, Flow has already started to re-broadcast the HBO package developed for this region, which includes channels such as HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Family, Cinemax, Max Prime, HBO HD, and the Warner Channel, among others.  As part of the agreement, Flow customers are able to enjoy a

“free-view” until January 31. Starting February 1st, viewers will be able to choose and subscribe to their favorite HBO channels to see original series, movies and sporting events.

    “HBO Latin America is very enthusiastic about the signing of a new and long-lasting agreement with Flow and its subscribers. After weeks of negotiating with us, Flow is making sure that Jamaican viewers enjoy Premium programming that includes the acclaimed original series True Blood, Entourage and Hung,” said Javier Figueras, Sales Vice President, HBO Latin America Group. “We both share the mission to deliver the most innovative shows in the best technology available to the market.”

    Michele English, Flow’s President and Chief Operating Officer, was also happy with the details of the Agreement. “At Flow we continue to work towards bringing the best programming and most innovative digital cable features to Jamaica,” she said. “This Agreement with HBO LAG is another step in ensuring that our customers can access a wide variety of packages that they want to see at the price point that they want to spend.” 

    As such, according to the terms of the Agreement with HBO LAG, Flow will offer eleven HBO channels in seven different package options.  Flow customers who choose to add HBO to their lineup will begin paying for these channels in February.  “We have organized the packages so customers will make the ultimate decision about what they want to watch,” said English. “Flow is the only company that allows customers this level of choice and we will continue to search for ways to ensure that our customers avail themselves of the best value cable options.” 

   The HBO packages include:

    — HBO Basic package: HBO Caribbean, HBO East, HBO Plus East and HBO Family East;

    — HBO Premium Package: HBO Caribbean, HBO East, HBO Plus East, HBO Family East, Cinemax East, Cinemax West, Max Prime East, Max Prime West;

    — Cinemax Package: Cinemax East, Cinemax West, Max Prime East, Max Prime West;

    — Cable Your Way/Al La Carte: HBO Caribbean, HBO Family

    — Part of Flow Watch Basic and Flow Watch Premium packages: Warner TV;

    — Part of Flow Watch Ultimate package: HBO Caribbean, HBO East, HBO Plus East, HBO Family East, Cinemax East, Cinemax West, Max Prime East, Max Prime West; and

    — HBO HD options available with HBO Basic and HBO Premium packages


    Flow led the industry as the first cable operator in Jamaica to enter HBO Latin America’s licensing regulation process, and was also the first to make High-Definition technology available in Premium television. 

  About HBO Latin America Group

    HBO Latin America Group(SM) is a group of companies affiliated to Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Ole Communications Group. The HBO Latin America Group(SM) leading companies operate, manage and own cable and satellite programming services in the Region including the signals of HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO HD, HBO On Demand, Cinemax, Max Prime, A&E, Animax, AXN, E! Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television, The Biography Channel, The History Channel and Warner Channel.


    About FLOW

    With just three years since its entry into Jamaica, Flow has already made an indelible impact on the local telecommunications industry placing Jamaica as a regional industry leader for data connectivity and innovative digital products. With its dynamic triple play of services — digital cable TV, digital landline and blazing speed Internet, Flow is helping to build a tech savvy, digital, knowledge-based society as Jamaicans forges ahead in keeping apace with the latest global technological trends.

    Flow has made a significant commitment to Jamaica, investing over US$200 million (J$18 billion), to date; in, building an island wide all digital infrastructure, developing human resources and enhancing digital education in schools as part of the company’s social development programme.  Jamaica is now the only country in the region with a direct undersea fibre-optic connection to the United States and South America as Flow via its express, direct, network system to Boca in Florida and Cartagena in Colombia.  The record investment in the undersea system also provides Jamaica with unprecedented capacity, resiliency, redundancy and reliability for broadband data communications.

    Flow is also demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility by supporting enhanced learning in schools via free internet and educational cable programmes, mentoring and youth development activities with the Rotary Club in communities across Jamaica and investments to athletic developments in Jamaica via a partnership with the JAAA.  Flow also sponsored the National Champion’s Cup football Competition, National Basketball League and is now one of the major sponsors of the national basketball team.

 SOURCE  HBO Latin America

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CONTACT: Kari Perez of HBO Latin America, +1-305-648-8942,; or Denise Williams of Flow, Manager, Public Relations,

+1-876-620-3232 (SL), +1-876-564-0576 (m), 

CONTACT: Kari Perez of HBO Latin America, +1-305-648-8942,; or Denise Williams of Flow, Manager, Public Relations, +1-876-620-3232 (SL), +1-876-564-0576 (m),

Haiti Relief Site Now in Portuguese

Pan American Relief site to be promoted by MTV Networks Latin America

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The more than 70 million online Brazilians may donate to Haiti relief efforts using a new Portuguese website called, the Pan American Development Foundation and the Organization of American States announced. is the third language option offered by the non-profit PADF as it accepts donations to help Haitian survivors of the 7.0 earthquake.

 ”Since Brazil is the fifth most populous nation in the world and one of the leaders in overall Internet usage, is an important channel for relief donations,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s Executive Director.

 PADF – a non-profit organization that also serves as the OAS’s natural disaster relief arm – has worked in Haiti for 30 years on economic development, protecting human rights and responding to natural disasters. Prior to the quake, PADF had more than 150 people in Haiti.

 MTV Networks Latin America will promote this initiative through its on-air and on-line network.

 In addition to, donations may be made in English in the United States at (877) 572-4484; online in English at and in Spanish at

  About MTV Networks Latin America

 MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of Viacom Inc., owns and operates MTV Latin America, Nickelodeon Latin America, VH1 Latin America, Viacom Networks Brazil and the MTV Networks Digital Suite, a package of five digital services – MTV Jams, MTV Hits, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mega Hits and Nickelodeon’s GAS (Games and Sports for Kids). 

 MTV Networks Latin America connects with its audiences through interactive properties including its online websites,, and, as well as through its broadband and community sites: and


 PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

 Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

PADF-OAS to Focus on 2 Heavily Damaged Areas in Haiti

Non-Profit assigned part of downtown Port-au-Prince, Southeast Province

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A heavily damaged area of downtown Port-au-Prince and communities in the Southeast province have been assigned to the Pan American Development Foundation and its partners for immediate relief, the non-profit organization announced.

 Haitian civil defense authorities designated these areas because of PADF’s long development experience in these communities and the urgent need for the organization’s extensive background in disaster management.

 PADF’s assigned zones are: Port-au-Prince’s downtown section of Bel Air, a heavily residential area known for its beautiful cathedral; and the Southeast province, which includes the seaside cities of Jacmel, Cayes-Jacmel and Marigot.

 ”The Southeast province was hit as hard as Port-au-Prince but has yet to receive attention by the international media,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s Executive Director. “With such a large mandate, PADF is urging individuals and companies to support our earthquake relief efforts by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting It’s vital to people’s survival.”

 Prior to the devastating 7.0 earthquake, these Southeast province communities (which are about a three-hour drive from Port-au-Prince) were severely damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms 18 months ago. PADF will provide relief supplies to these affected communities via the border city of Pedernales in the Dominican Republic.

 Relief to Bel Air will come through PADF’s office in the capital, which receives its supplies from a land route that connects with the border city of Jimani in the Dominican Republic.

 PADF – which is collaborating with the Organization of American States (OAS), the non-profit Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and other groups – has eight offices in Haiti, with its country headquarters in Port-au-Prince. PADF has worked in the country for nearly 30 years on economic development, protecting human rights and responding to natural disasters.

 Meanwhile, actor and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, Jimmy Jean-Louis (”The Haitian” on NBC’s “Heroes”) arrived in Port-au-Prince late Saturday to reconnect with his family and to raise awareness of the crisis. What he found stunned him.

 ”It looked like a war had happened,” says Jean-Louis, who was shocked by the magnitude of destruction and the desperate need of the people.

 Jean-Louis is a spokesperson for the PADF-OAS-HUFH campaign to raise money for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. They may do so by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting to make a donation.

 About HUFH

Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that puts 100 percent of its donations directly into the cause of helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help. and

 About the OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.

 About PADF

 PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.


PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

 Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

Avon Commits $1 Million to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that it has committed $1 million to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake in that country.  The company said that the money will be donated through the Avon Foundation for Women, and will be distributed to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, two organizations that are deeply involved in efforts to aid victims of the January 12 earthquake.

 The company said that the Foundation plans to distribute the $1 million as follows:

  • $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, the humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters; the agency is working closely with Haitian Red Cross to assist those affected by this disaster.
  • $500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization that has already assisted more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti and has committed to continuing to provide critically-needed medical services.

 Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused to our neighbors in Haiti by the recent earthquake. Disaster relief has long been a critical component of Avon’s philanthropy.  I believe it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to lend our support to the relief efforts aiding the people of Haiti.”

 In addition, the company said that its North America business is planning to launch other  initiatives to further assist the victims of the earthquake, including donations from product sales.

 Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6 million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon’s product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark. Learn more about Avon and its products at