Five weeks following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, The Salvation Army is continuing to serve thousands of individuals through the hard work of its personnel and volunteers, as well as through cooperation with corporate partners and non-governmental organizations. To date, The Salvation Army has responded by providing more than 2.8 million meals, 500,000 gallons of water, 2,900 tents and 1,500 personal hygiene kits. In addition, more than 18,000 people have received needed care from our medical teams.
While there is still significant immediate need that continues to be addressed, The Salvation Army is also beginning to plan for long-term recovery, which includes:
• Rebuilding earthquake resistant homes
• Repairing and installing water filtration systems
• Rebuilding damaged schools, hospitals and other buildings
• Implementing community development projects focusing on income generation for families, childhood nutrition and HIV-AIDS awareness
Focusing on both short term and long term solutions will significantly strengthen the ability of the affected communities to progress from the massive devastation towards a more stable future.
Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), said in an official statement, “Just as The Salvation Army has provided critical supplies of water, food and medicine to the people of Haiti, we are equally committed to determining the best methods for helping rebuild a country that lost so much. As we have done for countless disasters from Hurricane Katrina to the Indian Ocean tsunami, The Salvation Army will commit to a plan that strengthens Haiti for the long-term.”
Since the earthquake, The Salvation Army has worked with shipping companies FedEx, UPS and DHL for logistical support – delivering 821,500 pounds of emergency relief supplies, including more than 2 million meals provided by international hunger relief organization Numana, Inc., for an estimated 20,000 earthquake survivors living near the Army’s compound in Port-au-Prince.
• FedEx’s Custom Critical System allowed food to be delivered from any city in the country to our Salvation Army staging area in Miami . Food was delivered by FedEx in less than 36 hours thanks to the company’s use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.
• From Miami, UPS flew supplies for Salvation Army relief teams to Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Supplies were then delivered by truck from Santo Domingo into the affected city of Port-au-Prince.
• Following the delivery of supplies in Port-au-Prince, DHL provided storage space for Salvation Army supplies at the Port-au-Prince airport. DHL also allowed The Salvation Army to use much needed fuel for delivery vehicles.
Regarding this amazing teamwork, Lt. Col. Starrett remarked, “It’s impossible to over-state the value these companies have supplied to The Salvation Army, allowing the people of Haiti to receive life-saving food and supplies. Without the assistance of Fed Ex, UPS and DHL, we would not be where we are now in the process of developing long-term recovery plans for Haiti.”
The Salvation Army continues to accept monetary donations for our ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Donors may contribute through:
• Text messaging “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming with “Yes”
• Mail a check or money order to:
The Salvation Army World Service Office
P.O. Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
*with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”