Food For The Poor-Haiti Board Member Receives Humanitarian Award
Daniel–Gérard Rouzier, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Food For The Poor-Haiti, was honored as a Joe Jackson Industry Champion Award recipient by DuPont Performance Coatings at a business conference last month in Orlando. Rouzier was recognized for his selfless act to arrange and provide proper burials to an estimated 2,500 earthquake victims.
In late January, Rouzier and the world watched as CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that bodies were being trucked 45 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince to the city of Titanyen – where they were dumped and left to rot in the sun.
In two days, Rouzier and friends helped to restore dignity to the dead. Bishop Pierre-André Dumas performed the last rights, and American-born Passionist priest Father Richard Frechette sprinkled holy water over the graves and the bodies.
Rouzier, the head of a car dealership in Haiti, directed two front-end loaders to dig the graves, and commissioned his welding shop to manufacture five metal crosses to mark the cemetery. Upon accepting the award Rouzier shared moving details from the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
“I am blessed to have been graced with this opportunity to serve in Jesus’ Glorious Name,” said Rouzier.
As the leading provider of aid to Haiti, Food For The Poor has shipped and distributed more than 845 tractor-trailer loads of relief supplies to the impoverished country, including food, clean water, medicines, medical supplies, and building materials. To learn more about Food For The Poor’s rebuilding efforts in Haiti, please visit http://www.foodforthepoor.org/newsroom/news/six-months-after.html.
The Joe Jackson award is named after a well-respected DuPont colleague who made a powerful and lasting impression on everyone he knew. In addition to the award, DuPont will make a $5,000 contribution to Camp Mak-a-Dream and Food For The Poor-Haiti.
Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.foodforthepoor.org.
Jennifer Leigh Oates
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