In January 2010 after hearing of the devastating earthquakes that took place in Haiti, The HPA joined forces with members of fandoms from other popular books, movies, and tv series (including Heroes, Lost, True Blood, The Wire and Firefly) to create Helping Haiti Heal, a home-grown effort to contribute to the growing humanitarian aid and charitable relief activities in Haiti.
With the help of our partners and the Wizard Rock community, Maureen Johnson, and John and Hank Green (the vlogbrothers), the HPA auctioned over 100 special prizes, including a full, signed, set of the Harry Potter books and thank you card donated by J.K. Rowling herself!
In just two weeks, the HPA raised over $123,000 for Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti, and an organization with an established base in Haiti that works to provide health care for impoverished communities across the world by improving health education, access to health care and addressing root social and economic causes in partnership with local communities.
With the money raised, PIH was able to charter five planes to Haiti full of medical supplies. The planes were named after characters from the Harry Potter Universe: Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore; and one of the planes was named DFTBA in honor of the help from our friends in Nerdfighteria.The Harry Potter Alliance is aligning with the entire Harry Potter fandom to put on a telethon on LiveStream to aid Haiti. While this is grounded in the Harry Potter community, it is a boundary-less initiative, spanning fan communities across the world!