Renee Alexander is the social media manager at UNICEF USA.
One year after the earthquake in Haiti, UNICEF USA is launching a unique project that aims at ensuring the children of Haiti are at the forefront of rebuilding efforts. Through the social media enabled micro-site UNICEFHaiti365.org, UNICEF USA gives compassionate people a chance to take tangible action and send heartfelt messages to the children of Haiti year round.
When you sign-up via e-mail to commit to a year of service to Haiti’s children, you will be called to action when various needs arise. We’ve already mobilized participants for our first such call to action. Earlier this week, the New York Times posted an article about Haiti’s recovery without even mentioning the importance of Haiti’s children. Haiti 365 supporters were asked to write letters to the editor in the first of many actions we will collectively take to make sure the children are the story.
To further connect supporters to the children of Haiti, the site features a collection of stories from the children themselves. These stories will continue to be added to further share the heart-breaking yet ever hopeful accounts of life in Haiti for a young person.
Perhaps the most compelling piece of the Haiti 365 project is the video component.
In the Voices of Haiti 365 gallery there is an ever-growing collection of user generated videos (over 100 so far) from all ages, races, backgrounds and localities featuring one common message: WE SUPPORT YOU.
Some famous faces are present in the gallery including NBA stars Sam Dalembert and Pau Gasol, music and television superstar and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez and actress/humanitarian Mia Farrow. Join them today!
The Haiti 365 project will continue to evolve and there are exciting developments in the works. If you have not already signed up or created your video, please do so. Get your church, school, family, neighborhood involved, and become a real part of the solution for Haiti. Through the Haiti 365 project you really can BE THEIR VOICE!