Over the past five years the Asheville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has focused on supporting the people of Haiti, which was devastated by a massive, 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010.
Donations of clothing, personal items, and other needed products have been taken to Haiti by chapter president Diane Mance, who is a member of a medical team.
Dr. Pamela Lowe Hoyt, chair of The Links’ International Trends Facet, has noted that one of the great challenges since the earthquake is sanitation; many of the diseases the Haitian people contract are the result of poor sanitation conditions. So she challenged local chapters to purchase toilets for the poverty-stricken island nation.
According to Ms. Mance, “The purpose of this project is also the desire of our national organization, to assist people of color to live with dignity.”
That desire is an outgrowth of the original purpose of The Links, Incorporated, which was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1946 by a small group of women who devoted themselves to strengthening African American communities through fund-raising, education, advocacy, and volunteering.
The Asheville Chapter has been in place for more than 30 years, with a focus on serving the local community. It has offered educational programs and activities ranging from Heart Healthy seminars, to mentoring students, voter awareness, and presenting scholarships to high school seniors.
For the Haiti sanitation project, the Asheville Chapter has already purchased 10 toilets for delivery to the island. Contributions by nonmembers to offset the cost of the toilets and their delivery to Haiti are welcome.
To assist in the Haiti sanitation project, please make a donation to The Asheville Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, PO Box 1554, Asheville, NC 28802.