PHOTO: Petit-Goave, a coastal town 40 miles from Port-au-Prince was also hard hit by Tuesday's earthquake.
Yesterday CHF International received the good news that CHF Haiti had been able to account for all 170 staff members. No one was hurt in the earthquake. But please keep our staff’s family members and friends in your thoughts and prayers as we find out about them. We are establishing a supply line from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and our emergency response experts have been able to meet with our existing staff so we can begin responding.
CHF has been assisting immediate relief efforts throughout earthquake afflicted regions by giving supplies to rescue workers such as gloves, face masks, pick axes, shovels and sledge hammers; and we will soon be providing logistical support in the form of vehicles and drivers.
PHOTO: The public library in Petit Goave has been destroyed.
CHF’s main focus in an emergency is on transitional shelter and cash-for-work livelihoods work. This means creating sanitary, safe temporary homes for those whose houses have been destroyed that they can live in while reconstruction occurs, and also employing earthquake affected communities in the clean-up of their area, removing debris, taking down unsafe constructions and repairing those that are still able to function. This way the people can earn money, keep busy, learn some useful skills for future work, and be a part of their own development – they become empowered in their own relief and play the key role in securing their future. So please don’t forget about Haiti when it leaves the headlines, because the Haitian people will face challenges from this for years to come.
PHOTO: Petit Goave's city hall also suffered massive damage. With relief efforts focusing on Port-au-Prince, outside aid is slow to reach Petit Goave.
Most of the media focuses on Port-au-Prince the stricken capital, but we have received images and news from Petit-Goave, a coastal town of 12,000 people 40 miles from Port-au-Prince, where CHF has been undertaking school rehabilitations and rural work. Our Field Office Director, Robert Fagen, reported the following:
Petit Goave was hit hard, and so was the whole region including Grand Goave and Leogane. The road to Port-au-Prince is back open as of Wednesday. Some preliminary statistics and information includes:
CHF is assisting the following organizations:
We plan to try to clear a path from the Route National to the Port, with a few backups to the biggest tent cities (at the Football Field in particular).
All five of the schools CHF built are intact and are being used as emergency shelters, complete with latrines and basic water supplies.