IMMEDIATE RELEASE –In the true spirit of the giving season, Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems, makers of CHI and BioSilk, collaborated with Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, actresses Maria Bello (co-founder of We Advance) and Patricia Arquette (co-founder of Give Love) and the Sow a Seed organization to spread a little holiday cheer to the Haitian children and families who need it most. Farouk accompanied and provided air transportation for the group’s four day relief trip, December 8-11, 2011 to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and some of the country’s poorest areas in need of aid.
To ensure the scheduled relief trip occurred as planned, Farouk and the We Advance team stocked the CHI plane with medical supplies, hygiene kits, 1,000 CHI Organics kits and other basic necessities and took flight immediately. Included on the group’s whirlwind agenda: visiting the Artists for Peace & Justice School, replenishing supplies at the We Advance clinics, partaking in weekly bath day activities, attending a Haitian fashion show put on by local women and designers, and joining Sow a Seed for their annual Christmas party bringing joy and holiday gifts to 500 orphans from across the island. The trip commenced with an intimate meeting with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, to discuss the current state of affairs in Haiti.
“I am extremely grateful, and humbled, that we are able to provide and be a part of this incredible opportunity,” Farouk said. “To be able to give the gift of clean water, health care and hygiene products is inexplicable. Daily necessities most people take for granted are life changing items in Haiti. I’m honored that Maria and the We Advance organization thought of us when planning this charitable effort.”
The We Advance Organization was established in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and works mainly in the Wharf Jeremy and Cite Soleil slums. They aim to educate community leaders in the aspects of health, safety and education as well as empower the minds of Haitian women and bring light and awareness to Gender Based Violence. They currently operate 2 health clinics in Haiti. Find out more about the We Advance Organization at www.weadvance.org.
The Sow a Seed Organization was founded in 2004 and they assist struggling orphanages in Haiti with food, water, shelter, education and healthcare. They are also dedicated to educating parents in Haiti and providing resources to keep families together. For more information about Sow a Seed visit www.sowaseedonline.org.