The El Pomar Foundation, the local charity that has so often rescued Colorado Springs, has turned its attention to another city in need of help: earthquake-shattered Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
El Pomar has donated $50,000 to Colorado agencies that are offering assistance to Haitians. The gifts went to Springs-based $25,000 to Compassion International ($25,000), Louisville-based The Colorado Haiti Project ($15,000) and Denver-based The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter ($10,000).
“A disaster of this magnitude, even if it takes places thousands of miles of away, touches all of us,” El Pomar Foundation Chairman Bill Hybl stated in a press release. “Many organizations in Colorado are working to help those in need and the trustees feel it is important to support the work being done in our state to provide relief on an international scale.”
Upwards of 200,000 people are estimated to have died in the earthquake. Violence is starting to erupt in Port-au-Prince as survivors become desperate for food and drinking water.