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Jan. 25: Haiti Progress Report

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Released 26 January 2010

 

Jan. 25: Haiti Progress Report

25th January 2010

written by Laura

Children eat and drink snacks provided by The Salvation Army.

Children eat and drink snacks provided by The Salvation Army.

Team members evaulate the recently-installed water purification system at The Salvation Army's main compound.

Team members evaulate the recently-installed water purification system at The Salvation Army's main compound.

Volunteers off-load supplies that arrived at The Salvation Army distribution center in Port-au-Prince.

Volunteers off-load supplies that arrived at The Salvation Army distribution center in Port-au-Prince.

 

Salvation Army team members continue to attend UN ‘Cluster Meetings' in order to coordinate our relief activities with other major organizations and ensure the most efficient use of resources and allocation of precious relief materials and services.

The Salvation Army's Carribean territory reports being encouraged to see that opportunities for shipping and receiving aid supplies are beginning to increase. The main dockyard area of Port au Prince which had been rendered unusable by the earthquake is now being repaired and is becoming accessible to supply boats. However, due to many airport restrictions still faced by incoming and outgoing flights, many supplies are  being shipped by air via Santo Domingo and delivered by road to Port au Prince.

More than 80,000 pounds of food, water and other emergency supplies were delivered to The Salvation Army compound with the help of UPS.  Our team continues to provide food and supplies to needy individuals and families, having distributed more than 24,000 meal kits with rations sufficient to supply a family for five days.

Also,  registration has begun of the estimated 10,000 people who have taken shelter in makeshift tents in a soccer field adjacent to the Army's compound in Port-au-Prince.   This registration is important as UN deliveries of food rations will eventually be tied to numbers of registered people in any given district.

Providing medical aid continues to be a priority as well, with more than 1,200 people being treated by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

And in a small sign that life will return to normal, The Salvation Army has re-opened a school for children ages 3 to 6.

Classes are being held at a temporary site at the main compound since the original rooms are too damaged for use. The continuation of classes and return to a set schedule will assist young students in handling the trauma they are experiencing in light of the earthquake and its aftermath.

Even with these positive developments that have been reported from the field, relief and rebuilding of Haiti is only at its most early stages. Monetary donations and prayer are still the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army's ongoing relief efforts, you can contribute by:

  • Visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org and via PayPal
  • Calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Texting the word HAITI to 52000 and confirming with the word, "yes."
  • Sending a check or money order to:
  • The Salvation Army World Service Office
    International Disaster Relief Fund
    PO Box 630728
    Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
    *Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief*

    Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.


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