FFTP Looks To Be Catalyst for Change in Haiti as Quake Recovery Continues
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2021) In the 18 days since Haiti’s southern peninsula was rocked by an earthquake, Food For The Poor has dispatched more than 60 truckloads of critical relief supplies to families in desperate need of food, water and shelter.
Response to the need for aid has been widespread, thanks to the hearts of compassionate donors who want to help Haiti recover.
The August 14 quake resulted in more than 2,200 deaths, injured more than 12,000 people and destroyed as many as 53,000 homes. Another 77,000 homes were damaged. Tropical Storm Grace followed a few days later, unleashing even more misery.
“I am asking everyone to pray for the people in the affected areas,” said Bishop Oge Beauvoir, Executive Director of FFTP-Haiti. “Pray for those families who are spending the nights in the rain, without anything over their heads, asking that God give them hope that tomorrow will be better.”
Since the earthquake, FFTP also has:
- Deployed 103 containers in transit, including 57 filled with food such as rice from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and MannaPack rice meals from Feed My Starving Children, both longtime partners of FFTP.
- Sent six truckloads of medicines and medical supplies to General Hospital in Les Cayes, St. Antoine in Jeremie, OFATMA, Cavaillon Hospital and St. Therese.
- Booked and secured 48 shipments of donated goods, including eight containing medicines and medical supplies that will be sent to Haiti by air freight.
- Moved displaced families into 48 newly built homes. This is the start of a homebuilding initiative to put hundreds of families in safe shelter.
- Raised enough funds to purchase 7.7 million meals during the charity’s recent National Celebration – We Are One virtual concert featuring some of today’s top Christian recording artists. The team continues to raise funds to meet the goal of 10 million meals.
FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said the charity will continue to send much-needed critical aid as it looks for opportunities with partners to affect permanent change in Haiti.
FFTP is the largest nongovernmental organization working in Haiti since 1985 with 400 staffers in the country, two warehouses, 12 distribution centers and 3,000 distribution end points.
“We want to be the catalyst for change,” Raine said. “We have been in Haiti for 35 years. Our commitment to Haiti is not only constant, but it is also substantial. We have on the ground a very significant network that can help us get our relief distributed very efficiently.”
The charity is hosting a special Help Haiti – Community Day on Friday, September 10.
The event aims to bring the community together to help provide critically needed essential items for Haiti earthquake victims, and to engage local businesses, churches and schools that may be holding their own collection drives. Items can be dropped off from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 10, at the charity’s Coconut Creek warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road.
Beans, an essential part of the Haitian diet, are in short supply and the charity is asking donors to add an extra can of red kidney beans to their donations if they can.
For more information, go to: www.FoodForThePoor.org/community
Donors can help FFTP deliver aid to Haiti in other ways:
- Make a cash donation. Go to www.foodforthepoor.org/haitiemergency
- Provide relief items via FFTP’s AmazonSmile Charity List: www.FoodForThePoor.org/emergencysupplies
- In addition to the special Help Haiti – Community Day on September 10, they can bring canned goods and first aid kits to the charity’s Coconut Creek warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information on the specific items accepted, please go to www.FoodForThePoor.org/haitiaid
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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