Counterpart International Has No Operation in Mississippi
Washington DC Non-Profit Denies Media Reports of Not
Cooperating With Authorities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Counterpart International, the humanitarian relief and international development organisation, has dismissed news reports which claim that Counterpart has been soliciting funds in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina struck. "We are a federally registered charity whose main concern is international development in which field we often work with US government agencies such as USAID, the US State Department and many non-profits assisting them to deliver their charitable contributions to the needy overseas. We have never had nor claimed to have any operations in Mississippi," said Counterpart President and CEO, Lelei LeLaulu in a statement released to the media on Thursday. In responding to news reports and a release on the website of the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office, which claim that the Secretary of State's Office has taken enforcement action against four unregistered charities that were soliciting contributions and did not respond to official inquiries, LeLaulu stated that while Counterpart does not have an operation in Mississippi, his staff have been advising donors to give to approved charities such as the American Red Cross. He said Counterpart International had responded to authorities immediately following inquiries from the State of Mississippi so he was surprised that the authorities there had made such inappropriate allegations against an organization which had such an easily verifiable international and national reputation. LeLaulu said Counterpart had raised a total of US$500 (five hundred dollars) through its webpage for victims of Hurricane Katrina and those funds were sent to the American Red Cross. Counterpart's staff, said LeLaulu, raised US$1,475 (fourteen hundred and seventy-five dollars) which have been earmarked to buy food for Louisiana residents who have relocated to Washington DC, the worldwide headquarters of Counterpart International. Counterpart's staff take regular pay-deductions and engage in staff-led volunteer initiatives to help the needy in the US in addition to their international work. The Counterpart president added that his organisation does not take a penny in administrative costs from donations for emergency humanitarian relief, as evidenced following the Asian tsunami and the earthquake in Pakistan. "We actually leverage those generous funds to get more in-kind relief from our partners, such as medical supplies and pharmaceuticals," said LeLaulu. For further information, visit http://www.counterpart.org CONTACT: Bevan Springer of Counterpart International, +1-202-296-9676, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Counterpart International
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