International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute Launches ‘Boots On The Ground’ Initiative For Haiti
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The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute is lending a helping hand towards relief efforts in Haiti.

As the country continues to rebuild and recover in the wake of the devastating damage done by Hurricane Matthew, the IBWPPI, together with the Community2Community organization, is launching their “Boots On The Ground” initiative. The targeted effort aims to provide 1,000 pairs of much-needed work boots and rain boots to volunteers on the ground in Haiti.

IBWPPI President Barbara Perkins says the idea for the intiative was conceived a year ago, after she traveled to Haiti and saw first-hand how necessary it was that those volunteering had proper footwear. “As I traveled in Haiti at the invitation of Founder/President of Community2Community (C2C), Marie Yolaine Eusebe, it occurred to me that having the right boots to climb the mountains, wade through the flood waters and through the debris during ongoing cleanup activities would be advantageous for many different reasons,” president Perkins said in a press release.” I saw firsthand, the challenges presented by not having better foot protection and understood the many benefits that would come from addressing that specific need.”

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As part of the initiative, the IBWPPI is hosting a “Drop Off Boot Day” on Saturday, October 29th from 10AM to 3PM, at the African American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Those looking to make monetary donations to support the “Boots On The Ground” movement can also do so via the IBWPPI website here.