Friday, January 29, 2010

Making progress in Haiti

Results of our damage assessment are beginning to come in:
  • After surveying 10+ communities we have found few deaths, but a 25% percent increase in average family size as relatives flood back from the cities. This, plus busted infrastructure/supply lines are creating an acute food shortage.
This week we are providing 10 lbs of rice and cooking oil to 1700 families, which will serve as 3-4 days rations. We are currently planning with communities to determine the distribution process and delivery will begin on Tuesday. Here is the breakdown for number of families we will serve in each region:
  • Grand Colline 1104 families
  • Bainet 483 families
Additionally, our team was able to distribute over 5,000 bags of water in Grand Goave and Petite Goave. Guy Paraison, the country director for Floresta-Haiti, was able to meet with the KASEC (equivalent to the mayor) in Petit Goave and was then introduced to the rest of the community. Building further relationships will not only help us reach more people now, but also allow Plant With Purpose to expand its community development programs once relief aid has subsided and more and more rebuilding is taking place.

No comments:

Post a Comment