In the wake of multiple destructive hurricanes in 2008, Hope for Haiti
developed an immediate emergency relief response to aid the needs of the thousands of storm survivors in the Les Cayes region. As an immediate action, Hope for Haiti
staff bought local recycled 5-gallon vegetable oil buckets in Les Cayes and filled them with all the survival supplies available for local purchase. Each bucket was assembled for a family (5 people on average) with emergency relief supplies including; personal sanitation kits, candles, matches, water purification tablets, and fortified dry meals. These buckets were then quickly distributed to secure distribution locations where the families in the greatest need could be identified. Hope for Haiti
also worked hard to better equip healthcare centers with medical supplies through airlifts that provided immediate assistance to locations cut off from road access.
Hope for Haiti
has now included this response effort as a part of our on-going programs. Survival buckets are assembled by volunteers in Haiti throughout the year and stored in strategic locations for distribution in case of an emergency. Hope for Haiti's
goal is to always have at least 1,000 buckets prepared for immediate distribution. Having this goal met in 2008 left Hope for Haiti
well prepared for immediate action after the January 12th earthquake. We transported all 1,000 buckets, already filled and standing by for dispersal, from Les Cayes and distributed them the day after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
To provide a short-term, immediate response to emergency situations including but not limited to floods, fires, famine, and other severe acts of nature and politics. Limited to Hope for Haiti's geographical location.