2010 Haiti Earthquake Relief
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- 1. Glorifying God in Haiti 2010 Haiti Earthquake Relief Making It Personal
2. The Devastation of Leogane, Haiti -- January 12, 2010
- Leogane is about 20 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It sits directly atop the fault line which caused the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010.
- In less than one minute in Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, over 90% of the buildings were destroyed or damaged.Many remaining ones fell victim to later aftershocks.
- Pre-earthquake, Leoganes population was 134,000.Some estimates of the death toll in Leogane have been as high 30,000.Nearly everyone in the town was touched by death.
- Headlines tell a tale of hardship and neglect of Leogane:
- A Small Town Outside of Port-au-Prince Awaits Aid ; ABC News
- In Leogane, Rebuilding Starts With Scavenging ; Washington Post
- Aid Slowest Reaching Rural Haitians , Reuters
- Leogane, A Lost Town at the Haiti Epicenter ; Mirror.CO.UK
- Leogane: The Worst Affected City ; You Tube video
3. Aid Was Slow Reaching Leogane
- The media reported that no search and rescue teams reached Leogane for six days.A handful of medics along with staff and students who had survived the collapse of a local nursing college.They did their best to provide trauma care, including amputations, without anesthetic or proper equipment.
- The mayor reported hearing cries coming from the buildings for days following the earthquake, but he had no equipment to remove the debris.The cries slowly fell silent and no recovery efforts were ever made due to lack of equipment.
- Roody Joseph, one of our board members, witnessed the people of the city trying to unearth family members and friends; only to have structures crumble, entombing the rescuers.
- Large aid groups slowly arrived and began offering aid but we are making Gods touch of provision and love personal to those we serve.Donations go directly from your hands through ours to theirs.
4. Aid Was Slow Reaching Leogane
- Two weeks after the major earthquake, Pastor Wayne Golden, another board member, joined Roody. Together, they visited tent camps housing survivors.Repeatedly, they heard the cries of mothers suffering from malnutrition who could no longer produce breast milk and were in need of formula.
- Roody and Wayne began to witness dozens of infants under the age of six months being abandoned in the streets and in fields.
- Contacting major world aid agencies, Roody and Wayne discovered no one had baby formula, so we made it our mission to identify needy babies and supply as many of them as we could with needed nutrition until the larger aid groups settled in and could assume responsibility for the provision of baby food.We were theonlyagency meeting this vital need for nearly two months.
5. RELIEF EFFORTS Distributing Baby Formula
- We documented over 500 infants and toddler living in the three main tent camps of Leogane in urgent need of food. Personal information of mothers in need was recorded and baby supplies distribution schedules coordinated.
- We thankMead Johnsonfor donating three pallets of Enfamil and toddler food andClay Corriganof ApParent Project ( atright ) who donated use of his SUV and enough food and diapers for 500 children and spent the day visiting the camps with Roody to deliver them.
- Several of our young people, ages 17-20,volunteered to help deliver the baby supplies.To avoid potential mugging, they stocked backpacks with food and supplies and personally made deliveries to mothers at their camp sites.
- These volunteers extended Christs love as they spent time with the mothers and infants and prayed with each family, thanking God for His faithful provision during such a cataclysmic event.What a wonderful service opportunity for our youth and chance to share Gods love in a practical way!
Michelle and Edwichge Help Deliver Supplies Roody and Clay Corrigan Prepare a Delivery 6. RELIEF EFFORTS Tents & Tarp Distribution
- We purchased and distributed tents to provide emergency shelter. We also provided the distribution site and native personnel to provide the people of Leogane with approximately 10,000 tarps.
7. RELIEF EFFORTS Assisting the Elderly and Infirm
- Sixty-four year old Andre Mathurin, is shown at left with the three-month supply of food supplement, a tent, a tarp, new shoes and eyeglasses we delivered to him.
- Brother Ma, as our boys call him, is honorary grandfather to the youth in our Gideon Boys Club program.
- Without our assistance, Mathurin would most likely not be alive today.He was too frail to fight the mobs near the aid trucks and said he was, and still is, afraid to venture out into the crowds on the streets.
- And there are many others like him the five widows living together under a tree with no shelter, food or security; the amputee who no longer even has his crutches and many others.We offer their best chances for survival.
8. RELIEF EFFORTS CoordinatingMedical Care
- Marie Yolene Paulin is a two year old with a severely burned arm and hand who was pulled from the rubble the day of the earthquake. Initial treatment consisted merely wrapping her scalded little arm in a towel. The pain and infection remained untreated for two weeks before Roody met her.
- Through our network partners, Roody was able to coordinate medical treatment and transportation for Marie and her grandmother so she could receive adequate medical treatment. The doctor told the grandmother, had Maries burns remained untreated, she most likely would have died within the week from the extensive infection afflicting her arm.
- Maries grandmother was unable to care for her,so Roody arranged temporary placement in an orphanage where she will be safe until her grandmother is once again able to properly care for her.
Roody & Marie Yolene 9. RELIEF EFFORTS Rescuing Displaced Children
- Promised Provision Ministries partnered with Danitas Children to help the displaced children of Leogane.Logistics teams in the U.S. and Haiti coordinated efforts to locate and secure appropriate vehicles to transport 36 children from Leogane to the northern province of Oanaminthe.
- These children are now safe and cared for in the Hope For Haiti Childrens Center run by Danitas Children. ( www.danitaschildren.org )
10. RELIEF EFFORTS Extending Christs Love Through Provision
- Roody and his teams prayed with camp residents as they delivered life-saving supplies.
Hear Roodys testimony atwww.thestory.org ; Stories from Haiti: Hundreds of Babies 11. RELIEF EFFORTS Extending Christs Love Through Evangelism
- Providing Bibles & Resource Materials to
- Local Pastors
- Through generous donations of Bibles and other teaching materials, we have been able to bless pastors as they reach out to the lost who are seeking Christ.
Prayer Walking & Sharing the Gospel We have been privileged to share the Gospel with visiting U.S. military chaplains and missions teams from various places in the U.S and Canada. 12. RELIEF EFFORTS Getting the Word Out
- Dick Gordon, Anita Woodley and their crew at American Public Radio ( www.thestory.org ) provide an on-going dialog with us that allows us to share the plight of the people we serve.
- Canadian journalist Jessica Leeder ofThe Globe and Mailis giving voice to the post-earthquake needs of our girls who lived in the Christian Home for Girls in Leogane.
13. REBUILDING LIVES Transitional Housing Communities
- We helped secure year-long leases on appropriate parcels of land for the purpose of constructing transitional housing communities complete with security, sanitation and water.
- These communities are intended to provide a safe, protected environment in which qualifying people can live for a full year while theyfigure out where they will go and what they will do to rebuild their lives. At the end of the year, residentscan simply"pack up" their temporary shelter ( complete withwooden bunk beds and shelving - see photos above )and relocate it to a permanent location of their choice.
- The majority of the residents of these safe havens aresingle mothers (with designated play areas for children) as well as elderly and handicapped people.The shelters protect residents from the rampant crime of the tent cities as well as the torrential rains.
14. REBUILDING LIVES Employment Opportunities
- An added bonus is that a number of our young men now employed and are obtaining valuable construction knowledge and skills as they are being paid to build these transitional shelters.
15. REBUILDING LIVES Clean Water Projects One of our partners chose our site to install their first state-of-the-art water purification system featuring their patented Solar Under the Sun technology. We are so honored to have played a part in bringing this water station to life and thank our friends for this amazing gift -- it will provide clean water for thousands of families each day. Professional Installation Dedicated Volunteers State-of-the-Art100% Solar Technology 16. REBUILDING LIVES Helping Others to Help Haiti
- Fluent in Haitian Creole and familiar with the country, Roody generously donates his