Haiti: Hope, solidarity and generosity amidst the destruction

Dear friends of PWRDF:

The ACT Alliance is setting up water systems to supply thousands of Haitian families. PHOTO BY PAUL JEFFREY/ACT.
The ACT Alliance is setting up water systems to supply thousands of Haitian families. PHOTO BY PAUL JEFFREY/ACT.

We want to share some information with you about the relief and fundraising efforts that you are supporting.

In the chaos of aid distribution, ACT Alliance members are managing to get food, temporary shelter, water purifying materials and expertise to the Haitian capital.  One of the largest alliances working on relief in Haiti, ACT Alliance has four members working in-country and is being supplemented by relief from others.

  • Christian Aid reports it has started distributing food and tents, hygiene kits, blankets, jerry cans and water purifiers to 15,000 people in eight communities, targeting areas getting little help from other agencies. It has also sent in a medical team through a specialist healthcare organisation.
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has programmed delivery of 15 tonnes of food relief together with Caritas Germany.
  • Lutheran World Relief plans to send a shipment of food products.
  • Norwegian Church Aid is prioritizing water sanitation equipment and psychosocial work. It has sent a team of water engineers, a communicator and a logistician.

There has been a lot of social solidarity, with people helping rescue each other from the rubble. Christian Aid’s country manager, Prospery Raymond, was pulled from the wreckage of the CA office by a passerby. A large number of people, perhaps 100,000, have left the city to stay with friends and family in other parts of the country. Prospery has neighbours staying in his front yard.

Horrific images of destruction in Haiti are flashed across on televisions and newspapers, but stories of hope and solidarity such as the one above are also emerging in Haiti and Canada.

We at The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund are the recipients of the generosity of Anglicans in Canada. At end of day (EST) on Tuesday, January 19 we had received more than $230,365.00 from individuals in donations in-house and on-line. We know that parishes have put cheques in the mail and are planning fundraising events so we expect this amount to grow significantly over the next few weeks.

Not only are Anglicans contributing financially to PWRDF, they are praying and singing and applying their creative talents to support relief and rehabilitation work in Haiti.

Please send your ideas for fundraising to public engagement team leader Beth Baskin, let us know about your planned events and keep up the good work!

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