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STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO PLAN FUTURE OF PORT-AU-PRINCE CLINIC

June 1, 2011 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti:  Stakeholders met last week to discuss the future of The Salvation Army's primary healthcare clinic.

Representatives from donor territories met with HRD, divisional and territorial staff, including Major Lucien Lamartinière, Haiti Divisional Commander, and Dr. Danielle Prosper to determine programming needs moving forward. After a week of site visits and productive discussions, the formal project writing process will begin.

Dr. Danielle Prosper, clinic administrator, looks forward to more updated facilities to serve clients and hopes to expand the clinic's community outreach to include health workers who can assess needs and educate residents on health issues in their daily lives.

"The clinic is one of my favorite programs in the division," said Major Lamartinière. It is a financially self-sustaining program that benefits the immediate community and many who come from outside the city for services.

The Salvation Army's primary healthcare clinic has been in operation for 40 years. It began as a community clinic for nearby residents but now serves people from all over Port-au-prince and surrounding areas. The clinic currently provides infant care, pre- and postnatal care, vaccinations for children and pregnant women, family planning, treatment for malnutrition, HIV testing and open consultation for adults in addition to an on-site pharmacy.

The most common illnesses treated at the clinic include adult hypertension, diabetes and ulcers, gynecological infections, and respiratory infections and malnutrition in children. The clinic also regularly treats endemic illnesses including malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis and now cholera.

The primary health care clinic is unique in that it operates solely from the fees collected from its patients.  As the Army looks to expand the capacity of the clinic and upgrade the facilities, maintaining the sustainability of the clinic is an integral component of planning.

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN PORT-AU-PRINCE; THE NEXT STEP

Moving forward with plans for the Army in Delmas 2

June 1, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti:  As the end of planning phase two draws near, Chilean architects from Habiterra have presented a scale model and plans for the reconstruction of The Salvation Army's Delmas 2 compound.

Key players from The Salvation Army, including the Divisional Commander and directors from the HRD office, College Verena and the clinic, and the director of KNH Haiti, who is funding a large part of the project, assembled for the presentation.

"It's a very modern and practical school," said Major Sylvaine Maegli, College Verena Administrator.

The plan, now more developed, includes separate buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary students, a centrally located administration building for control and accessibility and doors and hallways designed to provide access to handicapped children and adults.  There are also plans for a small soccer field, storage for sports equipment, a library and cafeteria.

Dr. Danielle Prosper was present to provide input on the plans for the clinic. According to Dr. Danielle, the new clinic will be a definitive place for loyal patients who have followed the clinic from one location to the next after the earthquake. "They deserve this," she said of the patients and families who have come to the Army's clinic in Delmas 2 for generations.

Over the course of the meeting, a number of minor, but critical, adjustments were proposed; including relocating the living quarters to a more central location, eliminating the ground-level pedestrian walkway between the two compounds and the entrance by the public park to minimize security risk.

Habiterra will now revise the plans and present them, along with a new model, to the Army and KNH for final approval. "Everything has been positive to this point," said Major Lucien Lamartinière, Divisional Commander. He awaits the new plans that include a church that can seat nearly 3,000 people.

Moving into the next phases, Habiterra will put a price tag on the project, provide more details on the internal layout of the buildings and make recommendations on Haitian firms equipped to take on the construction.  Habiterra will also explore how to provide water for restrooms to accommodate some 1,500 students in addition to water for drinking and food preparation; no small task.

The Delmas 2 compound has marked the presence of The Salvation Army in Port-au-prince for 60 years. The fate of the structures on both sides of the compound has been a critical issue following the 2010 earthquake that damaged the buildings beyond repair.

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30-YEAR PARTNERSHIP MARKED BY CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOL IN PORT-AU-PRINCE
Kindernothilfe Sponsors the Reconstruction of The Salvation Army's College Verena

February 22, 2011


Port-au-Prince, HAITI: Kindernothilfe (KNH) has signed on as the sponsor for the reconstruction of College Verena on The Salvation Army's Delmas 2 compound.

In April 2011, the Army will celebrate 30 years of partnership with KNH, a German organization dedicated to supporting the development of children and young people. "I am really very happy that we have advanced to this step in our collaboration," said Dr. Jürgen Thiesbonenkamp, chair of the KNH board of directors, during a recent visit to Port-au-Prince.

Thiesbonenkamp, along with his colleagues and the director of KNH Haiti, had the opportunity to tour the Delmas 2 compound and see the progress that has been made in preparation for demolition set to begin March 1. College Verena now occupies two temporary classrooms. When construction is finished there will be separate buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children with age-appropriate classrooms. College Verena administrator, Major Sylvaine Maegli, and HRD Construction Manager, Major Jean Volet, have been working closely with architects to ensure the new school will be a safe, child-friendly space that promotes learning.

Measures, including the construction of a separate entrance specifically for school children and fencing around the demolition and construction areas, have been taken to ensure the safety of all College Verena students and teachers during the construction process. "It is very important for children to live and study in security," said Dr. Thiesbonenkamp.

Prior to the earthquake, KNH partnered with The Salvation Army to support programs of La Maison du Bonheur children's home as well as College Verena and The Salvation Army's school at Fort National. KNH maintains its commitment to both the education of young people and its partnership with The Salvation Army in undertaking this invaluable post-earthquake construction project.

For more information on KNH, visit www.kindernothilfe.org.

For photographs, visit:

http://sahaiti.smugmug.com/Schools/College-Verena/KNH-Visit-before-construction/15883711_yTpCM#1191161888_MthYj

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 SALVATION ARMY HAITI AND MEDICINS DU MONDE PARNER TO FIGHT THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC

  January 25, 2011

Fond des Negres, Haiti: A new cholera treatment center (CTC) was opened on Jan. 25.

Erected in just 15 days, the project required the leveling of land, clearing of roads and installation of waste removal and water delivery systems on the plot of land formerly used as a farm by The Salvation Army in Fond des Negres.

The CTC features a carefully designed maze of tents that are sanitized and prepared to receive and care for patients through every stage of infection. From triage to recovery, the CTC delivers intensive rehydration therapy and monitors fluids lost in order to balance rehydration efforts.

There have been nearly 4,000 confirmed cholera-related deaths throughout the country since the epidemic began in late 2010. The Salvation Army's Bethel Clinic, at its peak of treatment, saw some 250 cases in only two months. The opening of the CTC will increase the Army's capacity to effectively treat those in the surrounding communities who suffer from the infection. According to the United Nations, the Cholera mortality rate is down from 10 percent to two percent. With the addition of the CTC, The Salvation Army and Médecins du Monde are doing their part to insure those numbers continue to decline.

In addition to the quarantine and treatment areas of the Bethel Clinic, The Salvation Army has been taking steps to prevent the spread of Cholera since the epidemic began. Vital supplies including soap, disinfectant, oral rehydration packets and antibiotics have been distributed via community centers (churches and schools) throughout the country. In Port-au-prince, efforts have continued through the primary health clinic, College Verena primary and secondary school and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp next to The Salvation Army's compound.

The Salvation Army's efforts to treat and prevent the spread of Cholera have been made possible through partnerships with Médecins du Monde, The Salvation Army's Canada and Bermuda territories and a donor in the Bahamas.

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SALVATION ARMY ESTABLISHES NEW RECOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IN HAITI TO BRING TOGETHER INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND LOCAL NEED

  September 15, 2010

HAITI: After eight months of emergency response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti, The Salvation Army is moving to a new phase of recovery and long-term development that will address continuing humanitarian needs.

This week, with the encouragement and support of The Salvation Army's international leadership and the leaders of its Caribbean Territory, a new Haiti Recovery and Development Office has been inaugurated in Port-au-Prince. Under the leadership of Major Lucien Lamartiniere (Divisional Commander, Haiti), Major Ron Busroe, as director of the new office, will coordinate a team of five Salvation Army officers whose mandate is to direct all post-earthquake recovery and development initiatives carried out in Haiti in the months to come, through one streamlined implementation plan.

Major Ron Busroe is from The Salvation Army's USA Southern Territory but has experience of working on Haiti where he was divisional commander from 2001-2007.

Major Busroe and the other team members - Major Carol Busroe (USA Southern Territory), Majors Robert and Rae Doliber (USA Central Territory) and Majors Jean and Christine Volet (Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory) - are committed to working closely with donors and other non-government organizations to ensure that all projects incorporate both the needs of the community and the mission of The Salvation Army in Haiti. It is intended that the rest of the team will be made up of local Haitians who will be appointed in due course.

The changes in Haiti follow the appointment of Lt. Colonel Heidi Bailey as International Haiti Earthquake Response Director at International Headquarters. Lt. Colonel Bailey is directing and coordinating all Haiti earthquake support to the Caribbean Territory. She will liaise with local Salvation Army leadership in Haiti and donor offices around the world.

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SALVATION ARMY BUILDS 600 TRANSITIONAL SHELTERS IN HAITI FOLLOWING DESTRUCTIVE EARTHQUKE
Long-Term Commitment to Rebuilding Communities Continues with Hurricane Season Underway

 July 15, 2010

Haiti: The Salvation Army will complete the construction of 600 housing shelters through the Transitional Shelter Program in Jacmel, Haiti this week, to assist in relocating earthquake-displaced Haitians back to their home communities. Over the past six months The Salvation Army has transitioned from providing for immediate needs, including temporary shelter, food, water and medical attention to providing long-term recovery services to help return survivors to a level of normalcy in their lives. The long-term rebuilding process has employed more than 400 Haitians as carpenters and construction crew-members to assist in reconstruction efforts.

“The level of care and steps taken to rebuild Haiti has been astonishing, with this transitional housing project highlighting the significant strides everyone has made over the past six months,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office. “Housing shelters have been built in some of the most heavily impacted areas in Haiti, including Jacmel, Bainet, Lilette and Bellami. The Salvation Army has had a major presence in Haiti since the 1950s and we’ll continue to provide earthquake relief services for as long as the need is there.”

Haitian officials and residents worked closely with The Salvation Army to plan and manage the transitional housing shelters project which allowed for a quick design and building process. Through both volunteerism and temporary employment by The Salvation Army, residents of Haiti have been directly involved in the reconstruction of their communities. The Salvation Army provided technical specialists as needed for the project and Haitian teams were trained by The Salvation Army’s transitional housing team. Others were hired to clear land for the construction of the homes. In all, more than 400 Haitians, comprising at least 45 construction teams, were trained to supervise and build 600 homes.

With what is expected to be an intense hurricane season already underway, the shelters were designed to withstand strong winds and periodic rain storms. Development plans for the shelters incorporated designs for the proper drainage of water and prevention measures for waterborne illnesses during the flooding that is likely to occur this season. The shelters, standing 10 X 20 ft, are designed to last one to three- years. Overall, approximately 3,000 individuals will be receiving a new home – at an average of five per household.

“For the safety and well-being of the thousands of Haitians who have been displaced, it was critical that we constructed these homes as quickly and strongly as possible with the hurricane season here,” said Lt. Colonel Starrett. “The ultimate goal of our emergency service in Haiti is to provide the resources for the community to return to self sufficiency at a level that exceeds conditions before the earthquake. These homes are the first steps of many in that direction.”

Following the construction of the 600 shelters in Jacmel, which began on June 5, The Salvation Army will work with government officials in Haiti to plan the second phase of development for an additional 500 homes in Jacmel and another 1,000-1,500 homes in Petit-Goâve, which felt a strong 5.9 magnitude aftershock on January 20. The quake’s epicenter was almost directly under Petit-Goâve, severely damaging the city. Each home will take one day to complete, with each costing approximately $1,800. Like in Jacmel, the homes will be built on existing home sites. Individuals and families who have lost their homes due to the earthquake must own the property on which their new home will be built in order to obtain a shelter. Families are helped first, followed by single women with children and other vulnerable populations.

The Salvation Army set up a Haiti relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Donors can also give via www.salvationarmyusa.org, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.” To date, more than $20.5 million has been donated to The Salvation Army to assist in the development of the housing units, provide 5.4 million meals, as well as other immediate and long-term recovery services in Haiti. Through the shelter campaign, The Salvation Army will continue will provide over 4400 shelters in the next 6-12 months in Jacmel, Petit-Goâve and Port -au-Prince.

Prior to the earthquake, The Salvation Army in Haiti operated schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country. One Salvation Army facility in Port-au-Prince includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people.

Since January 12, The Salvation Army, along with the United Nations, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations has cared for the 20,000 individuals who have been displaced from their homes, living at a soccer field adjacent to a Salvation Army facility in Port-au-Prince. To establish a safe environment, a Camp Security force has been formed made up of 45 Haitian members from the camp itself. The team has been trained in security techniques by The Salvation Army and the United Nations. Medical care and nutritional services are also being provided to meet the needs of all individuals at the camp; including water purification units that supply 20,000 – 30,000 gallons of purified water or 4.2 million gallons of water daily.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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TEN MILLION MEALS REACHED
Partnership between The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc. reaches new milestone

 May 3, 2010

Haiti: Over the weekend of April 24th, The Salvation Army World Service Organization (SAWSO) and Numana, Inc. reached a milestone in their partnership. Ten million meals have been packed to help the people of Haiti receive life sustaining nourishment.

Meals are being packaged by volunteers at mass events throughout United States. The events of April 24-25 in San Francisco saw 1.019 million meals packaged in one day. The packing in Champaign-Urbana saw another 1.012 million meals prepared, while the packing in New London, CT, saw 269,016 meals packaged, ready to be shipped.

Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett, Executive Director for SAWSO, said, “We are amazed at the amount of volunteers that have come along side Numana, Inc. and The Salvation Army in this partnership. There are many who have volunteered to help the people of Haiti who never would have thought to volunteer before.”

Since the January 12, 2010, earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti, more than 72,000 volunteers have come together as caring communities to feed those devastated

Numana, Inc. meals have four components: Rice, soy, freeze-dried vegetables with chicken flavoring, and 21 vitamins targeted to help the immune system. Rice and beans are also being shipped, as they are a staple food to Haitians.

Numana, Inc. packing events for SAWSO have been planned through May. To check on a Numana, Inc. packing event, please look to www.numanainc.com .

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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HEALING, WHOLENESS AND HOPE
Haiti Update

 April 22, 2010

Haiti: The Salvation Army continues to bring healing, wholeness and hope to the people of Haiti that were affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Numana, Inc. meals continue to be prepared and packaged for distribution in Haiti. The next meal packing events will be held in April 24, 2010, in San Francisco, CA, Champaign, IL, and New London, CT. Contact The Salvation Army in each local area for further details. After the meals are packaged, The Salvation Army World Service Organization (SAWSO) arranges for shipment to Haiti for weekly distribution.

In the country of Haiti, The Salvation Army continues to care for those who are in tents occupying the soccer field next to The Salvation Army complex. The camp is in the process of being divided into 15 more manageable sections to provide better control and coordination. Plastic sheeting and tarpaulins continue to be secured so they can be distributed to families providing dry spaces during the rainy season. A Track Point System donated by UPS continues to be utilized for the registration of all families receiving supplies from our services.

In order to accommodate ongoing arrival of incoming supplies, The Salvation Army has secured a larger warehouse, along with appropriate security. The warehouse will provide needed space for supplies of basic human needs as well as the arrival of supplies that will be used for building 5,000 transitional shelters planned for Jacmel, Petit Groave and Port-au-Prince.

A sign that life in Haiti is returning to normal is that the Ministry of Education has officially reopened schools in the regions most affected by the earthquake. A survey of 70 schools revealed that approximately 75% of children enrolled prior to the earthquake have now returned to school. 1,500 children attend the school in Port-au-Prince.

HAITI DISASTER STATISTICS AS OF APRIL 22, 2010:

HAITI INCIDENT COMMAND TOTALS
Meals Sent

8,505,890

Cooking Oil - 24 oz Bottles 18,784
Baby Food Bottles 7,680
Clinic - Patients Served 26,195
Tents 2,314
MASH 16x16 Tent 1
Tarps/Plastic Sheeting 5,100
Hygiene Kits 4,683
Water Jugs 2,606
Eye Glasses 184
Duffel Bags 932
Coolers/Storage Boxes 208
Mattresses/Sleeping Mats 30
Jerry Cans/Water Containers 3,024
Buckets 7,024
Cots 12
Tote Bags 2,000
Medical Gloves/Boxes 54
Medical Supplies/Boxes 163
Medical Drapes/Boxes 34
Wheel Barrows 25
Sledge Hammers 25
Pairs of Goggles 25
Pairs of Gloves 300
Cleaning Kits 8
Water = # of Gallons 1,912
Flash Lights 100
   
   
   
   
The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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FOUR MILLION MEALS DISTRIBUTED BY THE SALVATION ARMY IN HAITI

 March 29, 2010

Port-Au-Prince: MORE than 10 weeks after the January 12 earthquake that brought devastation to Haiti, the number of meals distributed by The Salvation Army has now passed four million.

Most of the meals have been given out in Port-au-Prince, where The Salvation Army has responsibility for 20,000 people living in temporary shelters. But throughout Haiti, food items continue to be distributed to small towns, churches, schools and in other locations.

The Salvation Army has served in Haiti since 1950 and had 200 officers and staff there before the earthquake. Because many relationships were already established, the Army has been able to organize the distribution of food, non-food items and medical care on a large scale, as well as offering spiritual support.

The Salvation Army is working with an organization called Numana to provide its packaged meals, which consist of rice, soy, freeze-dried vegetables with chicken flavoring and vitamins to help the immune system. Each packet given out contains a meal for five people.

There are still 7,374,220 Numana meals in the pipeline, some already in Haiti ready for distribution and the rest waiting to be delivered. Meals are being packaged by volunteers at mass events throughout the USA. Over one weekend in Bell, California, volunteers packaged 1,022,736 meals. Rice and beans are also being shipped as they are a staple food for Haitians.

The Salvation Army set up a Haiti relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Donors can also give online Here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”

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“I THOUGHT I WAS AT THE END OF THE EARTH”
The Quake Seen through the Eyes of The Salvation Army’s Haiti Divisional Commander

 March 18, 2010

Haiti:

Jan. 12, 2010 - 3:30 PM
He described it as any other afternoon. The Salvation Army’s Haiti Divisional Commander Lucien Lamartiniere wrapped up a meeting at the Divisional Headquarters building. It ran later than expected.

The Major dropped his wife Marie off at a friend’s house. He noted this as being the first time ever, she didn’t want to go straight home with him, but wanted to visit her friend.

4:00 PM
Major Lamartiniere planned to stop at the store to buy a drink. He forgot, and headed home.

4:45 PM
He stood in his kitchen where he opened the fridge to grab a drink. The earth shook, his house began to crumble around him and in what he says “felt like forever” he ran outside. His gate was locked. The earth still shook – hard enough to break the gate open. He ran into the street where he watched his own house and his neighbors’ collapse. “I thought it was the end of the Earth,” Lamartiniere said.

4:46 PM
The shaking stopped. In less than one minute, one of the most devastating earthquakes in history nearly demolished an entire country. He called his wife. No answer. He walked to search for her. When he finally arrived at her friend’s house, he breathed a sigh of relief as their house still stood. But Marie had left – to search for him.

5:00 PM
Marie returned home, to see their car smashed under the caved-in house. She feared the worse.

5:10 PM
Major Lamartiniere arrived on foot, back at his house where he reunited with his wife.

Two months later he shares his story as if it happened yesterday. Watching his eyes it’s clear every time he speaks of the quake he’s immediately taken back to the time, the place, the fear…and the hope.

He credits four miracles from God, as the reasons he survived what at least 230,000 others did not.

1. The meeting ran late. Had it finished earlier the participants likely would have been shopping in a location where most buildings fell.

2. Marie went to her friend’s house to visit. The house survived, while hers did not. She would have been in her own kitchen preparing dinner. The roof caved in over the kitchen and dining room.

3. The Major forgot to stop at the store. That store no longer exists.

4. His instinct told him to run, the second the shaking started. Many Haitians’ deaths are said to be due to lack of understanding in how to properly escape. Many thought they should stay inside for shelter.

The morning after… As the divisional commander, Lamartiniere had to check on his officers and staff. He walked five miles to Divisional Headquarters. Badly damaged it couldn’t be used. Compared to most people in the country, The Salvation Army suffered the least amount of death, considering there are 200 officers and staff assigned to Haiti. Corps Sgt. Mjr. Mesguerre Anglede died in his car on the way to a meeting. Two young girls from The Salvation Army’s church also died in the quake.

Since the day that forever changed Haiti, Lamartiniere says many people who never sought The Salvation Army’s services before, now flock to the organization for help. The staff originally found some food that survived in storage and began cooking meals for those in need.

Once The Salvation Army established an Incident Command to spearhead the relief efforts, people began to form a tent city camp next to the former Divisional Headquarters, school and clinic which partially collapsed. With aid from around the world, The Salvation Army began its ongoing food distributions which now feed 20,000. One camp member expressed his gratitude to the Incident Command Team. “Without The Salvation Army we would die. Thank you.”

The Majors still live in a tent in the former Divisional Headquarters’ parking lot. They wanted and needed to be with their people, to let them know they were there beside them.

Major Lamartiniere’s primary hope for the future is to move people into permanent housing outside Port-au-Prince.

His outlook is simple. “I know The Salvation Army can’t do everything…but we’re going to be here to do what we can.”

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here, 1-800-SAL-ARMY or postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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SALVATION ARMY SCHOOLS RESUME IN PORT-AU-PRINCE

 March 12, 2010

Port-Au-Prince: Take a walk by the outdoor classrooms at College Verena in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and you’ll hear children imitating animal sounds as their teacher points to a picture of the specific animal. They excitedly yell their answers, just like other ordinary students.

College Verena is one of two Salvation Army schools in Port-au-Prince. It is however, the only one still standing after the January earthquake. Prior to the quake, College Verena served as a primary and secondary school (Grades K-13) with about 1200 students enrolled. The campus had three buildings for classrooms, plus administrative offices and storage. The quake destroyed two of the three buildings, the administrative office and the storage area.

Within weeks of the quake, The Salvation Army staff and teachers worked diligently to find safe places in the courtyard so the children could continue their education. While the Haitian government prepares to restart schools citywide in the very near future, College Verena students have already received a head-start with reading and math classes. Instructions of lessons are provided in Haitian Creole but an English course is also offered.

The quake destroyed Fort Nationale School, which had an enrollment of 200 students. Future plans call for rebuilding the facility, though it is not known at this time where or when that will occur.

No children died or suffered major injuries in either school.

There is concern about the large number of children who have not attended school, even prior to the quake, due to limited resources. There is no doubt The Salvation Army will need to increase the schools’ capacity for students as a result of these circumstances, therefore increasing the need for more sponsorships. The organization is dedicated to providing as many children as possible to receive an education.

The Salvation Army set up a Haiti relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Donors can also give online Here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”

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HEALING, WHOLENESS AND HOPE
Haiti Update

 March 10, 2010

Haiti: The Salvation Army responded immediately following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, water, shelter, medical assistance and emotional and spiritual care.

THE SALVATION ARMY PRESENCE IN HAITI (PRE-EMERGENCY)
The Salvation Army has been officially working in Haiti since 1950. Our present assets in the country include:

  • 63 Commissioned Salvation Army Officers
  • 161 Employees
  • 39 Corps and 23 Outposts (Worship and Community Centers)
  • 5 Social Institutions (Clinics, Children’s Homes)
  • 46 Schools with 443 Teachers

INITIAL EMERGENCY PRIORITIES
The Salvation Army’s initial Emergency Assessment has confirmed the following priorities, in order of immediate importance:

  • Water - Safe drinking water
  • Nutrition - Food
  • Medical Assistance - Medical supplies and treatment
  • Shelter
  • Trauma, grief, and spiritual counseling

SHORT TERM RECOVERY
Once the initial needs have been met, the next step will be to provide sustainable solutions to make necessities available to the affect population:

  • Continue to provide food, water, and medical services
  • Provide assistance to local population to build 5,000 transitional housing units
  • Develop strategic plans for long term Salvation Army Program and Facility Reconstruction

INTO THE FUTURE
The Salvation Army was active in Haiti before the earthquake. We will rebuild our damaged facilities, while continuing our already well established programs. We are committed to standing by the Haitian people as they move into the future.

  • Rebuild existing medical clinics
  • Rebuild existing educational facilities
  • Long Term Relief and Reconstruction
  • Community Development Projects / Income generation / Child Nutrition / HIV/AIDS
HAITI DISASTER STATISTICS AS OF MARCH 10, 2010:

 

TOTAL

FOOD

 

Numama Rice delivered

4,479,039 meals

Numama Rice delivered   246,960 meals

MEARS  Ready Eat delivered

18,400 meals

Baby Food delivered

55,260 jars

Bottled Water 20oz delivered

44,064 servings

Jugs of Water delivered

19,152 gallons

Water Filtration Systems

30,000 gallons/day

Total Water Supplied

500,000 gallons

24oz. Cooking Oil  
26,880 Units

SHELTER

 

8x8 Tents delivered

2,900 tents

Cots delivered

606 cots

MEDICAL 

 

Patients Served

23,342 individuals

MASH Tent delivered

2 Tents

Medical Supplies delivered

8,710 lbs

Hygiene Kits delivered

4,683 kits

Eye Glasses 
184

MISC

 

Rubbermaid Coolers delivered

480 coolers

Duffel Bags delivered

852 bags

Canvas Tote Bags delivered

10,000 bags

5 Gallon Buckets Delivered

7,024 Buckets

Wide Beam Flashlights 
300
Tarps/Plastic Sheeting 
3,100
Jerry Cans/Water Containers 
3,024

SHIPMENTS

 

Cargo Flights

16 flights

Containers Shipped  
7
Total Skids (pallets)  
818

Cargo Items

1,197,877 lbs

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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STUDENTS SEND LOVE TO HAITI

 March 1, 2010

Alexandria, VA: Students from Convent of the Visitation School, Mendota Heights, Minnesota, recently sent personal notes via Valentines to Haitian children with words of encouragement, hope and love. The effort was part of a kid-driven non-profit for kids, who wanted to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake that struck on January 12.

“Kids to the Rescue” (KTTR) was formed in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina by a sixth grader from Convent of the Visitation School and her friend. Now 10th graders, the group of math-savvy sixth graders realized that if all K-12 students in the country donated a dollar a year, they could raise $54 million to help other kids.

They chose Valentine’s Day to motivate kids to donate a dollar every year. The group has a major annual event (Sending Care) that is scheduled around Valentine’s Day. They selected Valentine’s because the feeling of giving and love is already in the air. Through the Sending Care program, students this year sent valentines and donations via The Salvation Army to kids in Haiti.

Samples of the hand-written and decorated cards words include: “Sending Love to You,” "May God Bless You,” "We are Praying for you,” “We have you in our thoughts,” and “Thinking about you.” Additional notes send, love, prayer, hope, encouragement, and more.

Supporters and friends of KTTR also helped ring bells at kettle locations placed at the entrances of the Metrodome during the Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL football game. This effort helped The Salvation Army raise over $7,500 for Haiti Disaster relief. The KTTR website works like a forum to help spread the word, and connect people and ideas so Kids to the Rescue is able to continue to help other kids.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, online Here, 1-800-SAL-ARMY or postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

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AN IDOL VISITS THE ARMY
American Idol Kris Allen Visits The Salvation Army in Haiti

 February 27, 2010

Haiti: Courtesy of the United Nations, Kris Allen, the 2009 winner of American Idol, recently visited Haiti. The visit’s intention was to bring awareness to the work in Haiti as well as the continued need for support in the ongoing efforts to help those affected by the January 12 earthquake.

The Salvation Army camp in Port-Au-Prince was chosen as one of four locations for Kris to tour while on his whirlwind visit. The camp is currently home to more than 4,000 Haitian families. Kris toured the camp, visited with staff, and played with children as well as communicated with camp residents through an interpreter.

The Salvation Army and our partner agency on the camp, Concern Worldwide, met with the most recent American Idol. Damaris Frick, Camp Manager from The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters and Major Cedric Hills, Incident Commander for Organization represented The Salvation Army and provided information to Kris as he toured the camp. He was also introduced to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Camp Committee. (The Camp Committee is formed of Haiti citizens who help provide leadership and act as liaisons for the camp residents).

During Kris’ visit, he met with Major Agnes Wahli who was busy with the registration process and issuing new ration cards as part of the new UPS Trackpad program. The Salvation Army is replacing handwritten paper index cards with high-tech barcode technology to ensure that families receive food, shelter, and medical supplies in a highly efficient manner. UPS donated the technology and adapted it for disaster relief supply distribution. This technology will allow Salvation Army staff members to be able to confirm what goods each family receives by tracking the information embedded in a laminated card that bears unique barcodes associated with the family. Kris even helped with one of the registrations!

Kris’ visit ended after chatting with Concern Worldwide and visiting their mother and infant tent and singing Amazing Grace.

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