Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye – We will not give up…

By , January 16, 2012 9:29 am

Two years after the earthquake with your support we are still helping the displace survivors who migrated to Camp Perrin. We are offering help in a number of practical ways, firstly focusing particularly on helping a small group including 12 women to run small businesses so that they can become autonomous – and at the same time we have 100 children in the educational credit program: 30 at the university level, 70 in schools. We continue to provide medical assistance when needed and offer help in various other ways.

We are working on getting as many lives back together again as possible. While the media is reporting that less than half the money promised to Haiti has been actually given, we are happy to see that the generous support goes straight to the families in need. Thank you and God Bless.

Please listen to this beautiful song of hope sung by talented singers from the displaced families:

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Here are the lyrics first in English, then in Creole:

When this happened, many passed away
Many were injured, many were saved
We never expected such a blow to be dealt to us
That has wounded us deeply inside, but we will always stay together

We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking
We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking
II
(Dido)
That day we were all victims
Even those who never committed a crime
You may not have been hurt physically, but still affected
Many for lack of minimal medical care, left and didn’t return
Which prove to us that we Haitians were not yet abiding by rules

To All that are healing, I am telling you ‘Stand firm, don’t give up’
This is life, sometime bitter, sometime sweet

We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking
We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking

We give thanks to All that have been helping us since that day
Those who risked their lives under the cement slabs to bring help
I am telling my brothers and sisters to accept gracefully what they are giving us, eventhough some are using us, don’t pay attention, instead learn from it, learn to observe,
to listen if you can’t see, not to stand still dwelling on what happened even if you can’t walk
Pull those who are lagging behind, plant to bring hope
Haiti, we are her children and our children will inherit her

Tell All that are healing, I am telling you ‘Stand firm, don’t give up’
This is life, sometime bitter, sometime sweet

We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking
We will not give up despite Janaury 12
We are Haitians, we will always stand up
Despite all we have gone through, we have always survived
We are like reeds, bending never braking

Creole:
Kreyol
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
(Lila)
I
Lè moman sa te rive,gen anpil moun ki t’ale
Gen sa ki te blese genyen kite sove
Nou pat’ janm atann yon kou konsa t’ap pran’n
Ki kraze tout andan’n men n’ap toujou ret ansanm
Ref
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase men nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase
II
(Dido)
Jou sa tout moun te viktim
Menm sa ki pat konn fe krim
Fizikman’w te ka pat blese men kanmenm ou te afekte
Genyen pou yon ti moso swen anpil ale yo pa tounen
Sa te pwouve nou ayisyen ki jan ke nou potko sou men’n

(Lila)
Pou tout sa’k sikatrize map di’n ‘’kenbe fèm pa lage’’
Lavi sa se konsa li ye on lè’l anmè on lè’l sikre

Ref
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase men nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase

III
(Dido)
Nap di mèsi ak tout moun depi jou sa kap ede nou
Sa’k te riske vi pou nou anba beton vinn ban’n sekou
Map di frè’m ak sè’m yo tou pwofite de sa yap bannou
Menm si genyen’k pran’n pou jwèt pa okipe yo an’n bat bèt
Aprann konprann byen obsève si nou pa wè aprann tande
Menm si nou paka mache’n paka kanpe sou sak pase
Rale sak dèyè avanse plante pou nou ka espere
Ayiti se pou nou li ye pitit nou ki pou eritye’l

(Lila)
Redi tout sak sikatrize nou dwe ‘’kenbe fem pa lage’’
Lavi sa se konsa li ye on lè’l anmè on lè’l sikre

Ref
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase
Nou pap lage malgre 12 janvye
Ayisyen nou ye n’ap toujou kenbe
Tout sa nou pase men nou toujou reziste
Se wozo nou ye pliye’n pap kase
English
We will not give up despite January 12

Mousson’s Dec 10 Progress Report in the Earthquake Relief Efforts

By , December 11, 2010 7:30 pm

Please give this to anyone who is interested in helping. Thanks.
God Bless, Mousson

ORE Haiti Earthquake Relief

http://www.oreworld.org/

Camp-Perrin, 1 December 2010

Dear Friends,
It is difficult to know how to begin writing this fifth journal, to explain the long silence. The only way is to be as truthful as possible: in many ways I feel overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy, for not having been able to reach a ‘happy ending!’ As time passes and the world’s attention turns elsewhere, we have to face the fact that donations for Haiti have inevitably diminished and we cannot achieve as much as we would all wish. Yet so much so much has been achieved with your help!

Your donations have made all of this possible: to evacuate over 700 people from Port-au-Prince to Camp-Perrin immediately after the earthquake, to feed an average of over 1,200 people for 8 months – primarily in Port-au-Prince and some displaced families in Camp-Perrin, to keep 55 displaced kids in school from February to July and to sponsor 100 more children for the new school year, to cover the cost of health-care for over 120 patients, provide tents and cots to improve the conditions for about 20 families in Port-au-Prince, and to cover the cost of the annual rental of houses for six displaced families in Camp-Perrin.

Scholastic successes despite the general chaos: In the midst of the all too slow efforts to rebuild after the earthquake, I am able to report some very uplifting news: 80% of the 55 displaced school kids we evacuated with your help from Port-au-Prince, who were reinserted in schools in Camp-Perrin have successfully graduated to the next scholastic level. 9 out of the 11 successfully passed the official exams. These are huge personal victories: enabling this small group of children to continue their education and quickly regain a sense of normality – giving them a sense of pride and hope that they can defy all odds – reassuring their parents that all was not lost! Also, happily, with your help we were able to help two college students resume their studies and graduate from college, one as a nurse, the other as an agricultural technician – giving them an enormous sense of achievement, that a year was not lost, and that they can now seek work as qualified personnel.

A credit program was born: Sadly, as donations slowly diminished, it became an impossible task to maintain the humanitarian food aid distributions on a continuous basis, and it ended in August. Despite the general sense of helplessness – we were determined to achieve results for the survivors – to help them pick up the pieces of their lives rather than become overwhelmed by the general atmosphere of fear and inertia. As a result a small credit program was launched in May 2010.

The credit program has enabled many women, generally heads of families, to start up small businesses as vendors working from their homes, in the market places or in the streets of Port-au-Prince. A simple system was developed to identify the most suitable products for them and help estimate appropriate inventories so as to make their ventures worthwhile. As the program evolved we started to offer credit for education as well as commercial activities, so as to help cover the expense of school fees – as another important step towards giving the evacuees autonomy. Our efforts may appear insignificant, but they have given many families a sense of dignity, a sense of moving forward – which are essential to maintaining hope.

We are currently focusing on a small group including 12 women involved in small businesses and 100 children in the educational credit program: 30 at the university level, 70 in schools. The credit varies from $125 to $400, school fees averaging $250 per students, including books and uniforms.

I believe that in the future the credit activities will evolve and become more program-specific, with donors sponsoring or mentoring education for specific individuals, at different levels in schools and universities as well as sponsoring struggling women who are heads of families. This can be done as a personal and meaningful experience with donors able to follow the results of the individuals they support, or it can be done anonymously.

Our funding status is as follows to date: Click on the table below to enlarge

Your total contribution to date: $244,678!

In addition to the donations we have received, we want to also mention the donations received from an international organization called, Food for the Poor, who made contributions by providing food, clothing, medical supplies, water, agricultural tools and seeds in May and August 2010. We are very grateful for receiving these additional goods that allowed us to extend help and medical facilities to more families.

Please accept my apologies for the long delay in reporting, my own failings should not reflect on the wonderful achievements of a great team of friends that has provided great support from the US, the Caribbean and in Haiti.

A song of thanks: Finally, a group of the displaced women, members of one family, talented choir singers, have composed a song dedicated to all donors of this program and also to everyone all over the world who has contributed towards helping the Haitian people. The title of their song is Map diw mèsi, I am thanking you. Map diw mèsi, I am thanking you, on YouTube:


The lyrics are as follow:

    There are things you could never imagine,
    When they happen, you do not believe it is real
    Tuesday January 12th, nature struck Haiti,
    We thought all was destroyed. We were totally demoralized,
    Our hearts were torn apart at the sight of our brothers falling down.

    We felt so ashamed, among all peoples we were the scorned ones.
    But we soon realized the whole world was thinking about us,
    Sending what they owned to save the Haitian people.

    Even in the midst of great danger
    So many came here to our aid!
    Only one thing they were proving:
    God had put Love in their hearts!

    We are saying Thank you, Thank you!
    We are saying Thank you, Thank you!
    We are saying Thank you, Thank you!
    We are saying Thank you, Thank you!

These are their own words, expressing their deepest gratitude, their wonder at the swiftness and generosity of the response to coming to their aid. We would all like to simply, thank you.

Ms Mousson Pierre Finnigan
Directeur Général ORE
(509) 3758 7565
mail@oreworld.org
http://www.oreworld.org

PS. Click here for a translation of the lyrics in Creole, French and English

Mousson’s 1 May 10 Progress Report in the Earthquake Relief Efforts

By , May 8, 2010 12:36 pm
 
 
 Please give this to anyone who is interested in helping. Thanks.

God Bless, Mousson 

ORE Haiti Earthquake Relief 

http://www.oreworld.org/ 

Camp-Perrin, 1 May 2010 

Dear Friends, 

It has been two months since our last report and I would like to apologize for this long delay in keeping you informed. We have been very busy with various commitments and responsibilities, as the relief program continues to bring help to victims of the earthquake. Haiti has faded in the news, but the crisis continues. The situation for the hundred of thousands of homeless and destitute defies the efforts of all the aid and governmental committees, the experts at all levels, to provide complete comprehensive relief. 

Your contributions are enabling us to provide targeted feeding and healthcare programs, to support education and to start the relocation of the displaced persons under our direct care into more permanent housing. It is hard to imagine the difference you are making in so many lives, bringing about a god-sent respite from suffering, offering hope and the courage to continue. 

Our funding status is as follows to date: 

_______________________________________________________________________________
Donations 28 Feb 10 24 Apr 10
Network for Good/Facebook Cause $23,226 $26,350
Paypal $40,590 $44,173
Other $8,880 $8,880
Direct Bank wire transfer (updated Feb) $55,567 $118,715
Total: $128,263 $198,118

 

 Expenses Jan 10 Feb 10 Mar 10 Apr 10 Cumulative
Evacuation $4,381 $712 $0 $0 $5,094
Lodging Program (Camp-Perrin & PAP) $78 $1,978 $115 $10,157 $12,328
Feeding Program, CP/PAP $15,030 $10,480 $17,599 $16,560 $59,668
Health care, Camp-Perrin $34 $643 $739 $0 $1,416
Individual Aid/Education Aid $438 $104 $2,644 $137 $3,322
Office Supplies $0 $52 $150 $2,419 $2,621
Support Staff and Logistic $0 $3,766 $1,839 $4,732 $10,337
Freight for Donated goods $0 $8,543 $0 $3,794 $12,336
Total: $19,961 $26,277 $23,086 $37,798 $107,122
Balance: $108,302 $82,025 $128,794 $90,996 $90,996
_______________________________________________________________________________

 

Carole's photo shows the daily life of people in Port-au-Prince now. Here is Josette with her four year old daugher and the 16 month old orphan she is caring for. (© Carole Devillers)

Twice during this period we received overseas visitors, supporters of the relief program. 

Carole Devillers came from New Mexico at the end of February. 

Her blog and photos provide a deep insight into the situation both in Port-au-Prince and Camp-Perrin. She has directly helped the program to reach out to numerous individuals in Port-au-Prince in desperate need of assistance. Her heart ached seeing the hardship… particularly for the plight of the thousands and thousands of single women with children, especially those who had themselves taken babies (orphans of the disaster) under their care. (You can read Carole’s journal at this linkhttp://www.oreworld.info/?page_id=777 ). 

Another of Carole's photos documents life for Rodenson, who though losing one foot is quick to offer a smile as he poses with his sister Anne. (© Carole Devillers)

Then in April, Greg and Ray came from Florida, on a mission to evaluate needs and best responses to the crisis. They have been tireless in their efforts… most recently purchasing and shipping tents, cots and clothing to alleviate the dire conditions of families in critical need they identified in Port-au-Prince. Their presence brought much-needed moral support, and their discussions helped to clarify how best to address the seemingly endless needs.

As the donations have continued to pour in, many donors have expressed their interest in helping with the reconstruction phase: in providing permanent homes, not just temporary shelter. So we have been looking into various options, exploring different ideas, bearing in mind that they must all meet with government approval before implementation. The problems in Port-au-Prince are extremely complex, the task is enormous and the obstacles numerous. Decent sites for construction are hard to find, sites are often too costly to clear and clean up before rebuilding, and new lots are often too expensive to purchase. Most survivors are bankrupt and no special credit programs are yet in place.
  

Greg, Evie, Makil and others stand in front of a tent that houses 12 people. When it rains, they have to stand all night as the water flows down the road.

In Camp-Perrin, as the EFACAP facility where we had been lodging evacuees has had to resume their normal activities as a teacher training center, we have opted to rent houses for the displaced families and the group of orphans under our direct care. Your support is helping with these costs without impacting the still desperately needed humanitarian program: food, health care, lodging, basic amenities and education.  Our census figures of evacuees in the Camp Perrin area have been updated and show that there are now 2,091 displaced families, a total of 8,917 persons. Food distribution for these families has been organized by of the Regional Humanitarian Coordination Committee including major international organizations, using our census list. Copies of each completed form were given to the representative of the Committee in charge of planning and executing the food distribution in Camp-Perrin. This activity, the first food support program in the region since the earthquake, (the only one to be implemented) was inaugurated during the week of 22nd March, 2010.

Our main relief activities have been as follows: 

1. Humanitarian Aid

  • In Camp-Perrin, we have continued to provide lodging and food for those under our direct responsibility at the EFACAP center: 27 persons (14 adults, 13 kids) and 37 members of an orphanage evacuated from Port-au-Prince. Medical services are provided at the Sainte Anne Hospital and a small dispensary close to the lodging center to all displaced persons in need in Camp-Perrin.
  • In Port-au-Prince, the distribution of food kits continues and now supports 228 families, providing basic staple food rations to a total of about 2,005 individuals. Some groups who are now receiving aid from other Port-au-Prince based organizations, have been replaced by new families. These new families from various neighborhoods and camps were brought to our attention as isolated groups struggling to survive and in particular need.They include some individuals identified by our friend Carole during her visit in March. It so happens that on a recent trip to Port-au-Prince, at a chance stop in front of the crumpled ruins of the National Palace, I actually met one of Carole’s protégés. It is hard to describe the feeling of inadequacy as you register the huge need for all in that specific camp, sprawled in tents and under tarps on the pavement across the national palace… with no help reaching them, so close to the people in charge who receive all foreign dignitaries on the lawn facing the camp across the street. (You can see this scene in a 360º photo on our blog at this link: http://www.oreworld.info/?page_id=900) .

    Struck by a headache from the heat, Adeline rests on the pavement next to her display of candies she sells, making a meager living. She's on ORE's food list. (© Carole Devillers)

    Our distributions were organized every fortnight until the second week of April at which point we decided to increase the portions in the kits so they could last for a full month, as the cost of freight has increased. 

2. Education and Lodging

  • 43 displaced kids have been reinserted in schools – this included covering the cost of books, supplies, uniforms and transport. Education support was also extended to 3 other students: one returning to university (studying agriculture in Leogane), another to a professional school in Port-au-Prince studying administration, and a third starting anew in Les Cayes learning computer skills. Some of the evacuee mothers staying at the EFACAP are attending the crafts courses at the same location. One nursing student has enrolled as a volunteer at the Sainte Anne hospital, hoping to get credit and be able to join the Les Cayes nursing school, one of the best in the country. (The nursing school in Port-au-Prince was destroyed, and 200 students and about a dozen teachers were killed).
  • As the EFACAP center needs to resume its normal teacher-training activities, we had to find houses for the families and the orphanage group. 

    Education Support: books and school supplies sorted by Alienne before distribution.

    It has been a lengthy process, but we have secured three sites and are making the necessary repairs so that the families can move in. The orphans group has already moved to their new home, which still needs more repairs (leaking roof). The houses have been rented for a one-year period. We have purchased the basic amenities to replace those used by the guests during their stay in EFACAP and made the necessary repairs to restore the place to the same good conditions as we found it and improving in some areas (painting of the facilities, building of a secure trash pit, setting-up of clotheslines, buying new mattresses and linen and so forth. 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE 

Student evacuees happy to be integrated, uniforms and all!

 

Life across from the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. (© Carole Devillers)

We are working on various long-term perspectives for the economical activities, but at present are primarily focusing on the immediate task of implementing the relief activities. We are all learning how best to help and serve. People have gone through tremendous trauma and the effects are just surfacing. We are following every lead that may reinforce our capacity to help, whether for feeding and lodging programs, or the education and health care support. Recovery plans are slowly being made at the national and regional level which is affecting our ability to develop long range plans at the community level. 

A tent and cots are on their way to be given to homeless victim Timogene, at the Dahomé camp in Port-au-Prince. (© Carole Devillers)

Our relief program has enabled ORE to offer training and temporary jobs from its two major core programs: nursery work in the fruit tree program, and quality control and conditioning work in the improved staple crops seed program. We are now concentrating in keeping the people in our direct care settled and progressing towards earning a living. We are also taking steps in helping improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable ones in Port-au-Prince by providing them with tents and cots. 

At camp Acra in Petionville, Johnnykel and his friends erect his tent, donated to ORE by U.S. donors. (© Carole Devillers)

At the same time we are actively involved in trying to develop partnerships with different interested parties in education, to subsidize tuitions of more displaced children, so as to integrate them in schools as many are threatened with expulsion from schools that have not yet received the announced financial support by the Ministry of Education. 

Haiti is less prominent on the news but the humanitarian crisis is still very present. For the victims it will remain a life and death struggle to survive under appalling conditions until their means to earn a living is restored. It is tragic, so many families have lost their sole property (for which they had no insurance), others, now bankrupt, had been repaying loans they had taken out loans to build a house. There are so many heartbreaking scenarios and there have been yet no hint of how they might get help to start over. The people’s real trauma is not knowing what to plan, what is the priority: whether to try to put kids back in school, getting a tent, buying food, cleaning up the rubble, building a temporary shelter, moving out of Port-au-Prince, out of Haiti? And all the time, for so many not a sign of relief in sight, no hope that real help, real solutions will reach them. This is why your support has been such a blessing and has had such an impact on so many people’s lives. The task is tremendous, but every effort, every gesture we make is particular blessing…  

Ray and I stand with orphans housed by ORE in Camp-Perrin.

And on a very personal level, I would have felt beaten when faced with the scale of all that needs to be done, were it not for your continuous care, your gentle concern and your desire to give support at whatever level. This gives me the strength to go on. But above all, it is a blessing to see the smiles and relief on the face of everyone we help: I want to become their messenger and express to you their gratitude. I am the lucky one, being at the receiving end of their love. The children’s smiles say it so much better than my words! Thank you and God bless. 

Ms Mousson Pierre Finnigan
Directeur Général ORE
(509) 3758 7565
mail@oreworld.org
http://www.oreworld.org 

 

Mousson’s 28 Feb 10 Progress Report in the Earthquake Relief Efforts

By , March 8, 2010 12:02 pm

 
 
Please give this to anyone who is interested in helping. Thanks.

Special thanks to all the anonymous contributors! God Bless, Mousson

ORE Haiti Earthquake Relief

http://www.oreworld.org/

Camp-Perrin, Main Office ORE, 28 February 2010

Dear Friends,

Your continuous support is growing steadily and everyone has found a way to contribute. Directly or by becoming a fundraiser, using your talents and creativity or very simply in your field of work, you are helping.

Every time I review the donations and I see your names or the anonymous donors, I send a silent thanks to you and I marvel at your generosity. You are, each contributor, very present in Haiti with me. Early morning is the time when my heart goes out to you, in awe of your selfless support. There are close to 400 of you, and so many anonymous ones, that I want to acknowledge here.

Evacuees select shoes and clothing for their families from boxes of donationed goods.

Displaced persons staying at Camp-Perrin's EFACAP school facility, select much needed donated items such as comfortors, sleeping mats and hygiene kits for themselves and their kids.

And donations keep coming in! Since our last report of January 27th, we have also received 3 tons of humanitarian aid on February 7th. It included clothing, shoes, linen, comforters, blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene kits, medicine and more. Thanks to the people of Atlanta, especially the children who participated in packaging the goods. Each box was a gift of love: Nathan, Kathryn and Ian, we did find your little note with your wonderful words of love and encouragement! It made us realize that real people gave their time as well as their wealth and from unsuspected corners of the USA.

We have received help from so many countries: Ireland, England, France and so many other European countries as well as North America and donors from elsewhere. We would also like to thank Carole Devillers, professional photographer and an old friend, who is here in Haiti documenting the crisis and our efforts to offer assistance.

Our funding status is as follows to date:

Donations 28 February 10
Network for Good/Facebook Cause $23,226.10
Paypal $40,589.99
Other $8,880.00
Direct Bank Wire Transfer: $55,344.60
                 Total Donations: $128,040.69

 

Expenses January 10 February 10 Cumulative
Evacuation $4,381 $712 $5,094
Lodging program at EFACAP, Camp-Perrin $78 $1,978 $2,056
Feeding Program, Camp Perrin, Port-au-Prince $15,030 $10,480 $25,509
Health Care, Camp-Perrin $34 $643 $677
Individual Aid $438 $104 $541
Office Supplies $0 $52 $52
Support Staff and Logistics $0 $3,766 $3,766
Freight for Donated Goods $0 $8,543 $8,543
                 Total Expenses: $19,961 $26,277 $46,238
                 Balance: $108,079.69 $81,802.69 $81,802.69

 

Tents providing shelter in Port-au-Prince, Marie Esther's camp.

The relief program is evolving to respond to the circumstances as they arise. The preliminary results from the census we made together with the Camp-Perrin Civil Protection Committee is now of 2,023 displaced families, for a total of 7,516 persons.

ORE has provided direct earthquake relief services as follows:

  • Over 700 people evacuated from Port-au-Prince to Camp-Perrin
  • Over 2000 involved in the feeding program (purchasing food from local farmers and delivering to those in need both locally and in Port-au-Prince)
  • 114 displaced persons have received health care
  • 67 displaced people (including orphans) are sheltered, fed.
As the number of displaced people grew, it became clear that efforts would have to be at a scale far beyond our reach. The foremost concern is food for the host families and their guests. The savings and food reserve of the hosts are depleting fast as most were already struggling to sustain themselves. So it was decided to maintain the focus on two main activities:
  1. Humanitarian aid: providing lodging, food, clothing, basic sanitary needs and medical care to the displaced families under our direct responsibility at the EFACAP center in Camp-Perrin. Medical services are offered at the Sainte Anne Hospital to all displaced persons requiring medical care and medicines, either from the EFACAP or from the homes of Camp-Perrin residents. And finally a feeding program was extended to about 300 families in Port-au-Prince.
  2. Promoting a return to normalcy: by promoting the reinsertion of displaced kids in schools and by supporting economical activities to enable displaced adults to become self-sufficient and contribute to the rebuilding of Haiti.

EMERGENCY ACTIVITIES

Another view of tents in Marie Esther's camp in Port-au-Prince.

The first stage of the humanitarian aid program started with the evacuation of 726 survivors from Port-au-Prince, during the period January 18th –20th 2010.

The second stage has evolved as follows:

  • Lodging and Feeding Program: this program is providing shelter and food to 64 people at the EFACAP center, a lodging facility at a school compound in Camp-Perrin, that was built to facilitate annual seminars for teachers. The displaced guests include 6 families of 27 persons (14 adults, 13 kids) and 37 members from a Port-au-Prince orphanage (7 adults, 30 kids aged 6 to 17). 

    Shelter is being provided to 64 people at the EFACAP center, a lodging facility at a school compond that was built to facilitate annual seminars for teachers.

    The feeding program is also continuing for the Sainte Anne Hospital in Camp-Perrin and to several hundred people in Port-au-Prince’s neglected neighborhoods. Food kits have been sent every two weeks (in 3 separate expeditions), to 321 families of an average of 5 persons per family, providing basic staple food rations to a total of about 2,005 individuals in Port-au-Prince, bringing the total number of people who are benefiting from the food aid program to 2,072 since January 18th 2010. Our estimate of cost is $1.10 per day per person. A donation of $33.00 will allow us to provide basic feeding for a month for one person.

    The EFACAP facility cleared and ready to house families evacuated from Port-au-Prince.

    Since the beginning we had favored local food for the feeding program, preparing the kits to fit consumers’ eating habits and to support local agricultural production. This approach has been appreciated by the recipients, providing them a variety of familiar food types – and it is now the recommended approach adopted by most humanitarian providers.

  • Clothing, Hygiene, Sleeping Kits: were distributed to all EFACAP residents and some Port-au-Prince families from the stock of goods received from Florida. A team of US based volunteers, Chuck, Ray, Sarah, Andi, planned and organized the shipment, finding the best options to ship the parcels down by air and to Greg and Grace for their help throughout. They also shopped for last minute items, selected the required articles from the donated goods, identified pallets and made sure they were loaded on the correct plane.

    Relief flight from Fort Pierce, Florida arrives and is met by ORE in Port-au-Prince.

    The donations tagged for ORE are loaded on their truck by the ORE team, who drove all night to meet the flight.

    The donations tagged for ORE are loaded on their truck by the ORE team, who drove all night to meet the flight.

    The flight was monitored from Fort Pierce to Port-au-Prince and our Haitian team was there early waiting for the plane, saw it land and oversaw the unloading of all the 8 pallets weighing close to 3,000 kilos.   Additional local purchases were made to cover immediate needs, such as personal items, towels, bath soap, toothbrushes, stainless steel plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery for each family to enable them to take care of their basic daily routine.   Distribution of the goods is underway – bringing in groups of people to see a display that we set up of the clothes and shoes to facilitate their choice.

  • Healthcare:   114 displaced patients have received care at two dispensaries in Camp-Perrin – the Sainte Anne Hospital which is capable of caring for hospitalized patients, and a second health clinic is next door to the EFACAP center. We met expenses for the consultations, the lab tests and medicines. The medicine received as part of the donations from the USA was transferred to the two medical facilities providing care to the displaced people.

LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE

Food prepared for distribution by ORE in Port-au-Prince, Lalue site.

While taking care of the urgent relief actions, planning is underway to find solutions for the long-term. People from all corners of Haiti traveled back to their parents’ birthplace near Camp-Perrin, looking for solace. They needed to find a place among their peers, and become rightful denizens in their new surroundings.

Food being distributed in Port-au-Prince.

The statistics show that 45% of the 7,516 displaced people are school kids, numbering 3,424. As a consequence, two priorities became clear: job creation to allow the displaced people to earn an income and become self-sufficient, and providing an opportunity for education to continue. Both schools and universities were badly affected by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, destroying 70-80% of their facilities. The number of displaced college students is 280.

 

Displaced woman farmer in Camp-Perrin carrying a bag of seeds (ORE seed subsidy program)

Job Creation: the number of displaced people in Camp-Perrin represents an additional 19% of the commune (county) population estimated at over 38,000. When no job is available, the easiest and fastest income generating activity is charcoal making. This is a serious threat to the already fragile environment and the endemic problem of deforestation. Tree cutting has started, and we were alerted.

ORE bean crops

A solution seems clear:  to combine the activities of environmental efforts such as tree nurseries, tree planting and soil conservation structures with the rehabilitation of economic infrastructures such as irrigation canals and roads – using the workforce of the displaced persons and the struggling local residents.

Packaging corn grits for food kits.

The result will be several beneficial impacts: people earning their livelihoods, a rehabilitated and reforested environment, a restored agricultural infrastructure contributing to increased food production and improved roads for better marketing of the produce.

Support for Education: The results of our census show a total number of 3,424 displaced kids are in need of schooling. Most schools have integrated several displaced kids in their classrooms. But they are overwhelmed by the additional number of students and lack the resources to hire more teachers, purchase additional desks and seats, books and school supplies and providing one hot meal a day.

A displaced agricultural technician relocated at EFACAP, integrated into the work place, grafting fruit trees at ORE's nursery.

An orphan relocated to Camp-Perrin by ORE

One clear overall sign of the psychological trauma is the fear of being under a cement roof. Many displaced persons will not sleep in a room with this kind of cover. It is a real tragedy when it comes to attending school: it has happened in Camp-Perrin and all over the provinces, where schools have resumed their activities. The slightest unexpected noise, such as a desk falling down, provokes a panic among the kids, causing them to hurt themselves running around, and screaming uncontrollably. And the rumor spreads that a new earthquake has occurred.

For this reason, the idea to set-up new transitional classrooms using tents or a light structure seems a solution to consider for the current school year.
 
 

A group of orphans receiving shelter in Camp-Perrin.

Both interventions are large scale and beyond our present funding capacity, so humanitarian aid remains the priority until people can become self-sufficient.  We are looking for other sources of funding in collaboration with members of the community, meeting with potential donors. One of their requirements is precise statistics, identifying the different categories of the displaced persons as a justification for their support. This is one reason why we decided to collect extensive data that will allow us to have exact figures about the number of school kids and the different levels, the type of trade people were involved in before the quake, and other details about the number of people who died in the quake from these registered families, the addresses of the displaced in Port-au-Prince, the number of amputees, all pertinent information to help identify priorities and plan the mid and long-term programs to rebuild the survivors’ lives.

A local farmer plowing his field in Camp-Perrin.

With your support, in a small but meaningful measure, we have taken the first steps toward helping people to become self-sufficient, integrating some of the displaced persons in the relief activities such as preparing and packaging food kits, inputting census data, folding and displaying the donated clothes. Others, who very quickly went back to farming received subsidized seeds for food crops, as February is the beginning of the major agricultural production season in the region. Farmers at heart, they went back to their routine, only lacking the funds for the initial investment. 64 farmers received beans and corn seeds from ORE to plant 25 hectares (62 acres) of land. (The average family plot is 0.4 hectares or 1 acre).

Local and displaced workers planting an ORE seed production field (research trial).

Other plans include setting up a small revolving fund to enable 3-4 of the women staying at the EFACAP to start a new a commercial activity, selling secondhand clothing and shoes, an activity that they used to do while in Port-au-Prince. Another one will receive support to start her old business of selling a special morning drink, Akasan, made from corn flour. We are discussing with the men of the group, identifying their skills in order to look into possible job opportunities. There is also the idea of an handicraft project with a group of artisans already producing tablecloths, table sets using the appliqué technique to supply the new tourist market in the north of Haiti, through the cruise boat Oasis of the Sea, the most recent vessel of this kind, bringing at least 6,000 tourists a week at Labadie. This project would integrate displaced women with skills for embroidery and sewing.

We are looking into many income generating activities, agriculture being the dominant sector in Camp-Perrin. The census revealed that construction was the primary trade of 42% of the displaced persons. Because of that we will help coordinate training sessions on best practices for anti-seismic building techniques.

Local and displaced workers sorting seeds at ORE's facility.

The challenges we face are great and of all kinds. The first one is the huge number of people in need, 2 million people nationally and over 7,000 people locally. The scale of the help, support and investment required is beyond our reach. But no matter how small the scale, we can offer help to any individual that destiny puts in our path as long as we have the resources. Food, health care, clothing, sleeping gear, every small step counts for that particular person!

Also it needs to be said that help is often not easy to provide to the ones most in need, because security issues are always a serious concern. The distribution of aid is always insufficient, and the number of people in need is always greater than the estimated or available goods. Our team-members Makil, Wilson and Ruben have held up their commitment to coordinate our aid trips to Port-au-Prince –  starting with the trips to evacuate survivors in the beginning, to the current regular truckloads of food for distribution. Wilson and Ruben are from Camp-Perrin, and travel late at night, so as to arrive in the early hours so that distribution can be done without attracting the attention of passersby. The sites selected are enclosed compounds, offering security to the recipients and the relief team members.

A short visit to Port-au-Prince has shown the resilience and ingenuous nature of the Haitian people: they have taken all the necessary survival steps, from creating the tent cities, with makeshift tents made of any piece of cloth to provide some privacy, to transitional living quarters made of scavenged tin roof sheets and pieces of wood and tarp to protect themselves against the elements. Without guidance and direction, the result is a sore sight to the onlooker who remembers the nice parks, the quaint squares, the majestic statues who symbolized the heroism and greatness of a free people. But now, there is another kind of greatness, from the people who have suffered horribly in their bodies, in their emotions, who having lost all, wealth and loved ones, carry on to find a way to live, recreating homes, neighborhoods, commercial activities and playgrounds for kids.

Thanks to you, we are able to reach out, give hope and provide basic necessities. Special thanks to you from…

Mousson with evacuees from Port-au-Prince expressing thanks for your generous donations which have provided shelter, sustenance and hope for the future.

The parents Paola, Natacha, Santana, Marcelyne, Sherlyne, Joane, Michou, Ricardo, Amaray, Reginald, Fritznel and their children, Michael, Robert, Jonathan, Naika, Ericka, Samantha, Jamesley, Laurie,

The orphans Wadelyne, Berline, Nephtalie, Dieunie and all

From Gaelle, Marjorie

From the ORE personnel Benoit, Faubert, Alienne, Dalila, Yolaine, Eliassaint

Also our gratitude to Licia, Felice, Ray, John, Shamia, Sarah, Dominique, France, Corrine, Yves, Eric, Darcey, Paul, Anthea, David, Karen, Carol, Bonnie, Diana, Marie, Pamel, Jeff, Jane, Sandhya, Ajay, Nancy, Anne, Grace, Jane, Ben, Kinja, Rene, Irina, Henk, Inga, Susie, Jean, Joan, Jennifer, Claudia, Philippe, Judy, Fabienne, Jan, Arun, Kuldeep, Deepak, Valerie, Stephanie, Amy, Micky, Margaret, Rochelle, Lois, Donka, Peter, Masako, Andre, Lilian, Bindu, Sindu, Sunil, Tommy and so many more.

Thank you all so much, and God bless!

Dr. Mousson Pierre  Finnigan

Directeur Général ORE

mail@oreworld.org

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News from Mousson in Haiti about Earthquake Survivors 27 Jan 10

By , January 28, 2010 11:29 am

ORE Haiti Earthquake Relief

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Camp-Perrin, 27 January 2010

Dear Friends,

First of all, thank you for your generous support and the concern you have expressed during the past 10 days. Thank you also for your patience waiting for news from Haiti.

I can feel your love, and believe me this is as a great a help as your donations. It is difficult to put in words what is going on… so I’ll start with the bare facts of the funding status.

This is where we stand today in regards to the total amount of donations:

Network for Good $ 18,898.35
Paypal $25,729.20
Other $7,380
Direct Bank wire transfer: $14,563.16
Total: $66,570.71

This is what has been done so far thanks to you:

Evacuees from Port-au-Prince

A total of 726 people were evacuated from Port-au-Prince

After organizing the first evacuation on January 16th, bringing back 130 people, four more trips were organized between the 17th and the 20th January. A total of 726 people were evacuated from Port-au-Prince – though this figure is still an estimate, as babies and toddlers were not counted, so we are now collecting the final number which will be higher.

Earthquake Refugees in Leogane

Refugee camp in Leogane after the town was virtually demolished

Each trip was an odyssey. The team going into the stricken capital, Daniel, Ploma, Wilson, Ruben, Willio, Manes, Edoine, all came back recounting their horror and disbelief at what they had seen. First on the road driving in as soon as they came to Morne Tapion, a mountain pass, they saw that whole sections of the road had crumbled away and deep holes had been ripped in the asphalt, with trenches along the sides. They were the first to report the devastation of the towns of Petit-Goave and Leogane, on the road to Port-au-Prince. They kept repeating ‘Leogane is no more, it has been flattened!’ We later learnt that the epicenter of the earthquake was indeed at Leogane.

Port-au-Prince after earthquake

Devastation and death in Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince in ruins after earthquake

The rubble in Port-au-Prince

Their stories of driving through Port-au-Prince were all tales of devastation and death. The smell of it, the bodies lining the streets, and later bodies being piled up. Always the smell, telling of bodies decomposing under the crushed houses. Even when the dead had been removed from the streets, the ones trapped inside the collapsed buildings made their presence known. Among our team of ‘rescuers’ there were some who just couldn’t bear to return…

Neighbourhood camps in Port-au-Prince

Neighbourhoods set up their camps, 'tent cities', using whatever they could find to erect a home with a minimum of privacy... Solidarity and sharing became the rule of law.

But, by the 18th, new stories were being told… about the resilience of the people. They had set-up their camps, the ‘tent cities’. Everyone was collecting all the scraps they could find to erect some kind of a ‘home’, a place to live with a minimum of decency, to protect their privacy… Bed sheets, any piece of material became a wall, a roof, to make a separation. Solidarity and sharing became the rule of law.

The role of our team was to search for family members of anxious parents, relatives, about whom they had had no news, and to bring them back to Camp Perrin. Also to invite survivors from various neighborhoods to leave Port-au-Prince and join their families and friends in the countryside. The news about the evacuation program rapidly spread by word of mouth: homeless people congregated and waited patiently for the next ride. We set up a meeting point and the trucks and buses stopped there, collecting and bringing back an average of 120 people per trip. By the 18th, we had three vehicles involved, because so many persons had been expressing their wishes to leave Port-au-Prince.

Reaching Camp-Perrin, the drivers would stop at the request of the passengers at our gates (at O.R.E.),  announcing their arrival with loud ‘klaxon’ (horn beeping), often dropping of a few people, but above all just stopping by to say thank you… cheering and clapping! Then they were greeted by ecstatic relatives, kissing, hugging, each other, crying together.

They told us their tales, that same evening, the next day and the day after… All the displaced people showed the signs of trauma, all hesitating to enter a house, first checking to see if it was made of concrete. If it was, they wouldn’t go further than the porch, and that was where they slept during the first few nights, and for some that is still where they sleep, a week later. After oversleeping well into late morning, a rare feast for them… then they began to have a different look on their faces, realizing that they were miraculously alive, feeling so grateful and thankful to God. Often they become thoughtful, remembering their losses, the sisters, brothers, cousins, friends.

Many had returned to their families, and their families welcomed in their friends and neighbors from Port-au-Prince. No one wanted to join a refugee camp. The traditional hospitality was in place and no one refused to accommodate a guest!

However, the situation of people still staying in Port-au-Prince is very critical for many – especially those who are not on the main aid circuits, and are not receiving the help they need. We were directly solicited for help through Makil, our ‘messenger’ for O.R.E. in Port-au-Prince: to help three camps in the badly hit in neighborhood of Turgeau, which is close by his base (his former home).

Food for refugee camps in Port-au-Prince

Food for families in refugee camps in Port-au-Prince

Truck being loaded with food supplies

Truck being loaded at ORE with food supplies for Port-au-Prince

There is a real urgency to help people in Port-au-Prince find food. Food is still available in Camp-Perrin although prices have increased dramatically. But it is available fairly abundantly, specially the local staple foods. So a plan was formed to help those communities who were isolated and desperate in Port-au-Prince. This effort is starting with our first delivery tomorrow. The last four days we’ve been busy preparing the corn grit and corn flour; buying and packaging the rice, locally grown beans, selecting yams and avocados.

Yams to be sent to refugees

Yams to be sent to refugees in the camps in Port-au-Prince

Among the workers involved with this, are many faces from the Port-au-Prince exodus, who are already integrated in the work force, lending a hand to help the ones left behind in the capital. The food will be sent to 160 families (based on an average of 5 persons per family). The rations sent should last two weeks. They consist of 7.5 kg of rice, 2.5 kg of corn grits, 2,5 kg of beans, together with a quantity of  yams and avocados.

Corn grits for refugees being prepared at ORE

Corn grits for refugees being prepared at ORE

In Camp-Perrin we are offering food to the following groups: to the hospital of St Anne, to 26 kids who are all survivors from a orphanage which was destroyed in Port-au-Prince who were evacuated and are now staying in a church in Camp-Perrin – because the supplies they came with have run out and there is no support yet from their parish. Also a latest group of 11 refugees whose friends in Camp-Perrin could not host them as they already have 10 relatives recently returned from Port-au-Prince staying in their house.

26 kids, survivors from a orphanage which was destroyed in Port-au-Prince

Orphans from Port-au-Prince

Looking after the orphans from Port-au-Prince

Our relief program is in fact part of a larger combined effort, involving the community and many other entities. So far, all together we’ve been able to do the following:

–          A total of some 1,500 people were evacuated from Port-au-Prince by other institutions: the local community bank (CAPOSAC), an agricultural mechanization workshop (AECP) and individual business initiatives.

–          We have also secured the collaboration of the Ministry of Health through services provided at the small hospital in Camp-Perrin, Sainte Anne – with a capacity of 20 beds, a laboratory for basic tests, and with dressing facilities. A requisition for emergency supplies from the regional general hospital in Les Cayes was processed the same day it was submitted. (Les Cayes is the regional capital, 20 km from Camp-Perrin). To date, 4 patients were hospitalized, one was transferred to Cayes for further treatment and one died, and about 35 were treated for minor wounds.

St Anne Hospital in Camp Perrin

Evacuees receive medical attention at the local hospital

Evacuees at the local hospital

Evacuees recovering at the local hospital

–          The Les Cayes Rotary Club is also providing medicine as well as clothing. This is great boon as most refugees came with only the clothes they were wearing on the day of the earthquake.

–          The Minustah, UN mission in Haiti, is still in the planning stages as their coordination is on a very large scale. But we have submitted a request for tents and lodging infrastructures if we have to set-up camps later, as the flow of refugees coming into the area grows.

All the survivors have a story to tell and I marvel at their resilience. And I want to share with you their expressions of gratitude. They have experienced such relief, being helped to escape… to escape the weight of the horror, the discomfort, having to sleeping outside, with no access to basic necessities, fearing every noise, terrified again and again by each of the repeated aftershocks.

The last group to arrive in Camp-Perrin had no ties to anywhere in Haiti apart from Port-au-Prince. But Port-au-Prince was utterly unbearable, so they called a friend, Smith, in Camp-Perrin and told him ‘we are coming!’ They set out walking, and eventually got a ride on a truck only to have it break down on the way. It was getting dark and they were stuck in the countryside. They had no idea where they were, and even the name of the village didn’t mean anything to them. As they said, ‘we had no idea what to expect from the provinces.’ But they found hospitality, they were welcomed in to spend that night at a nuns’ home. Food and beds were provided for all 13 of them. But they were determined to reach Camp-Perrin. With no more money, they called their friend again. Smith could not offer them a place to stay, as he himself had escaped Port-au-Prince with 5 of his siblings, returning to his own family, now all living their small very overcrowded home. So when we received his request for help, we sent for them – and arranged for them to be guests at the EFACAP school… and one tiny four-month old baby, Anne Coralie, has such a beautiful smile that she has already conquered the hearts of neighboring well-wishers.

Their thanks are all for you… who have made this relief possible, who are making it possible for more relief to be offered during this uncertain period, lifting from their minds the worry of the basic necessities: health, food, shelter, clothing.

Yves-Lyze survivor of earthquake

Yves-Lyze and her children who escaped against all odds

A special thanks to you from Yves-Lyze and her 3 kids (1, 4 and 6 years old) who survived against all odds, their home at the second floor crumbling around them and under their feet, escaping through their bathroom window to the roof of the next door house. She is mourning the loss of her sister-in-law who lived a floor below. Thanks from a fragile Ludgie who had gone to live with her aunt, who had 4 daughters and a son, to attend business school; sadly, Ludgie is now the sole survivor of that household.

Thanks also from Joane who had to search for her 5 year-old in the rubble, pulling out many bodies who looked the same age as her son, digging with her bare hands, going through every pile of bodies in her street, until she finally discovered him alive. Now, one day after arriving in Camp Perrin, they are sleeping soundly, despite their recent memories. Joane said: ‘We, the survivors all became strong in an instant, we ignored the horror we were seeing, we were filled with a sudden surge of energy, looking for our loved ones. I never knew I had that strength inside me.’

Evacuees in Camp Perrin

Evacuees recovering in Camp Perrin

Camp Perrin

Peace and tranquillity far from the horrors of Port-au-Prince

Thanks from Marie Michele, Josie, Mirline, Melissa, Kenley, Osner, Sherline, Tatoune, Viviane, Magalie, Astride, Dieuseul, Islande, Claudine, Patricia, Samantha, Jonel, Sedene, Valencia, Nadine, Sergo, Carole, Schecania, Emeraude, Rita, Alourdes, Odette, Romual, Jordany, Manoucheka… and so many more…

Thank you all and God bless!

Dr Mousson Pierre Finnigan

Directeur Général ORE

(509) 3758 7565

mail@oreworld.org

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News from Mousson in Camp Perrin 18 Jan 10

By , January 20, 2010 3:24 pm

Dear Friends,

This is what is happening thanks to you!

First, a short account of what we experienced:

Camp-Perrin, January 12th, 2010, 4:53 pm:

Four of us from ORE still working at the office compound, looked at each other, trying to understand what was happening. I was on the phone with a visiting associate from MIT university. The floor was undulating under my chair, was rocking me back and forth… I looked at Eliassaint sitting across the table, to check and see if he was feeling what I was experiencing, and the realization came to both of us exactly the same moment: tremblement de terre! (it’s an earth quake!) I immediately got up and run outside as I heard the person on the phone saying ‘the earth is shaking!’ and the line went dead.

I was followed out by Eliassaint, and we both called Faubert and Benoit to come out. The undulating movement continued for several more seconds. When it stopped, we were all four standing there, looking at the building, still not knowing what to do next. Eventually we went back inside, and Ben went around looking for cracks. We described to each other what we felt, then we went back to doing whatever we had been doing before.

Meanwhile we could hear people in the vicinity talking loudly, everyone asking ‘what was that’?

Few minutes later, it started again. No hesitation this time to immediately run outside!

Outside I started to feel my legs trembling, as if I had been running or overexerting myself. I just felt scared. Felt completely vulnerable, at the mercy of a force obeying its own will. And the words, my spiritual mantra, came by themselves rolling on in my head.

The second quake lasted less time than the first. Then we all became restless. Suddenly we began to wonder how everyone else was, if it was only a local thing. At that point I got a call from Patrick in Les Cayes, the closest town. He was asking: ‘did you feel that, what is happening’? He said that he’d heard of one house  destroyed in Les Cayes, and that there was serious damage in Port-au-Prince. So I immediately started to call people in Port-au-Prince, but none of the calls went through… Then I noticed on my laptop that the earthquake was a news item on Yahoo, just describing the magnitude and location of the epicenter. I couldn’t believe that we had felt it so strongly when the center was in Port-au-Prince, 190 kms away!

I went to my house, which is just a short distance from the office compound. Only then did I realize that I hadn’t thought to worry about my mother, who is bedridden, but who was in fact fine. After a while Benoit and Eliassaint came to look at the house and decided it was safe, no cracks from the quake.

I remembered that I could watch the news on CNN, and then it became clear that Port-au-Prince was very badly hit. We became frantic to reach anyone in Port-au-Prince, Eliassaint has all his kids there. No calls were going through.

Refugees from Port-au-Prince

Evacuees from Port-au-Prince arriving in Camp Perrrin

At 10:58 pm (as recorded by cell phone) I received a call from Makil in Port-au-Prince: his words just made me grow cold. The house where I stay in Port-au-Prince, our office in Port-au-Prince, was down! He had just rushed out when the walls started to crumble, as he heard the crash of the neighbor’s walls in our back yard. The houses to the left and right were down. An old lady was trapped in one of them, and her son (who had been standing outside) was being helped by neighbors to try and reach her.

Makil, an ORE messenger, a faithful collaborator and friend, was out in the street where he intended to just stay for the night. He spoke of the destruction he had witnessed, telling me how many of the city’s landmark buildings were destroyed: the Presidential Palace, the Sacré Coeur church, the Tax building, the local supermarket. These, he and his son, had seen with their own eyes. I could hear the sadness and the incomprehension in his voice. I wanted desperately to find out about all the people I know in Port-au-Prince. I felt helpless and frustrated. Then I got a call from my sister, Micky, who lives in Paris. She had just heard about it on the radio. I told her to watch it on TV, then she would understand. I reassured her that Camp-Perrin had been spared, explained Makil’s plight.

During the next 24 hours I was just numb, in shock, searching for news, waiting to hear from friends, relatives. Then suddenly, realizing that we needed to be doing something to help. We were safe, we live in an area that had been spared! We have Internet and electricity and all around everyone was worried sick, trying to get news of their loved ones.

The plan for rescue started to take form: the idea of setting up a refugee camp, to try and get people out of the nightmare in Port-au-Prince. As we started planning, offers of help started flooding my email box, and it became clear that money would be available to provide the necessary logistics (tents, food, hygiene kits, water, clothing). Discussing it with the ORE team and other local groups, we realized that the first priority was to evacuate as many people as possible from Port-au-Prince, to get people originally from Camp-Perrin out of the city.

Every day now we have buses with more than a hundred evacuees. As the numbers of homeless people, without means and in need of medical assistance keeps rising, we are beginning the longer-term phase of providing shelter in available buildings, and when that is full we will be setting up a camp for vulnerable survivors who have no family and nowhere else to go to.  While the evacuation process continues, we are using the funds which have been so generously provided to give homes and basic necessities to the homeless.

This is where we stand today – Donations to date (18 January 2010):

Network for Good & Facebook: $11,969
Paypal: $6,264
Bank wire transfer: $10,000
Other (various) $2,150
Total: $30,383

Some were kids from Camp Perrin who were in schools in Port-au-Prince, other folks from Port-au-Prince with no where else to go. Everybody has been living in the streets since the quake. Their gratitude was incredible. I have never seen Haitians so exuberant, hugging and hugging me. All day long the next day, people, school kids, are stopping by to thank us.”

 

All your support is making such a difference to the lives of those helped. It is hard to imagine the happiness and relief of finally being helped to leave a nightmare of such enormous proportions.

Dr Mousson Pierre Finnigan

Directeur Général ORE

(509) 3758 7565

mail@oreworld.org

http://www.oreworld.org/

Earthquake in Haiti: Victim Support Effort Launched 14 Jan 10

By , January 14, 2010 10:53 pm

Earthquake Victim Support

As you know, Haiti has just received a tremendous blow from the recent earthquake, from which it will take years to recover. Many people have contacted us with generous offers of help. Our immediate focus is to provide relief and support for as many as possible of the victims of the earthquake – many of whom are homeless without food, shelter or access to medical supplies.

Your help will enable us to immediately offer practical assistance and reduce the suffering. Our immediate concern is to do everything we can to help the thousands of Haitians from the Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas who will be seeking refuge outside of the stricken capital. Shelter, food and access to medical supplies are the first necessities.

We are placing our organization’s long experience in development activities at the service of the community and would appreciate everyone’s support at this time. The immediate impact will be to feed and house as many families as possible suffering today from the terrible events of the recent earthquake.

To help the homeless from Port-au-Prince, we are organizing the housing at the EFACAP school in Mersan, and will feed all the refugees, and provide medicine, clothing and other amenities (hygiene, linen, towels, etc.)

If you would like to help please donate now, or contact us by email. Thank you. God Bless.

National Palace in Port-au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake

National Palace collapsed and thousands of buildings throughout the capital collapsed during the earthquake - the estimated death toll is over 150,000. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been left homeless in Port-au-Prince and are in desperate need of relocation outside the stricken city. (Palace photo by Logan Abassi, UNDP)

Crowd receiving water from US Navy

A large percentage of the capital

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