At 4:53:10pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti with the region of Port-au-Prince as the epicenter located 18.45 N, 72.533 W. The Hope for Haiti
team immediately acted to bring emergency supplies and medical attention to Port-au-Prince from Les Cayes in less than 24 hours. Supporting trauma centers and the Port-au-Prince General Hospital, medical staff and volunteers worked around the clock caring for thousands of critical care patients. Since then, Hope for Haiti
has been at the forefront of the relief and recovery efforts. We are continuing to respond with needed supplies, medical access, education, recovery, and rebuilding initiatives.
After three months of non-stop emergency action, Hope for Haiti
developed a phased response that is responsibly and effectively executing our current and future goals for the next three years. Below we have outlined our activities and our projected 1-3 year goals, with the knowledge that the scope of our response will continue to evolve as the needs of the Haitian people change throughout the on-going recovery and rebuilding with national and international support.
To provide immediate medical response and continued relief for recovery and rebuilding within education, nutrition and healthcare.
Continue safe delivery and distribution of emergency supplies.
In just the first 6 months, alone Hope for Haiti
, delivered and distributed over $30 million
worth of medications, medical supplies, food, water, tents, and construction materials to over 60 health care sites, including over a dozen IDP camps within and outside of Port-au-Prince. This delivery and distribution network has continued and has transferred over from cargo and private planes, to shipping containers to the country's capital where Hope for Haiti
staff quickly and safely stores, sorts, and distributes supplies specific to the needs of each location.
Providing assistance to Internally Displaced People (IDPs).
In addition to providing in-kind supplies, Hope for Haiti has continued to send medical volunteers to assist in IDP camps, and within the General Hospitals in Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes. Hope for Haiti
has also assembled a strong Haitian medical and support team to help care for the medical and public health needs of over 10,000 people currently residing at the Don Bosco Camp in Carrefour.
Fostering private & public partnerships and coordinated relief efforts.
Hope for Haiti
has been working closely with partner organizations within and outside of Haiti to leverage skills and resources in transportation, water & sanitation, healthcare, and education, to best serve the Haitian people during this crisis. This coordinated effort is critical for establishing a short and long-term recovery strategy.
On-going needs assessments and site evaluations of all programs.
Pre-earthquake, Hope for Haiti
, was helping to support 37 schools and over 60 healthcare sites throughout the southern peninsula. Hope for Haiti staff have been assessing each program site, documenting their needs and the impact of the earthquake, and talking with the community about their local recovery efforts.