GCF Earthquake Relief Fund

GCF Earthquake Relief Fund

From Gaskov Clerge Foundation - GCF

The need of our brothers and sisters is dire. We must respond! GCF is raising funds to directly alleviate the suffering of those impacted. Our commitment to the South of Haiti is unwavering!

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about 1 month ago

GCF Update #1 - Phase One
In our update last week, we shared that we will be having a 3 phased approach to the disastrous earthquake that hit our home region on August 14th, 2021. We wanted to offer a quick update on what we've been doing to serve some of the impacted communities. Read more at https://www.gaskov.org/post/gcf-update-1-phase-one

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ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI IN 2021! We Stand with the greater South of Haiti!

On August 14, 2021, a 7.2 earthquake devastated the Southern region of Haiti. Our Thoughts and prayers are with our family and friends in Le Grand Sud, Haiti!  

Our commitment remains unwavering and we are here to serve our community.  

GCF is currently assessing the needs to prepare a sustainable strategy in response to this devastation.  In the meantime, Klinik Fonfred will deploy a special wound care unit to work alongside other respondents in Les Cayes.  The clinic will continue to receive patients in Fonfred.

 As a member of the Haitian Diaspora Emergency Disaster Unit (HDERU) platform, we will collaborate with other organizations to synergize on providing relief to those impacted effectively.   This is a significant undertaking as it will take a concerted and well coordinated effort to respond to this disaster effectively.

How can you help?   Please donate to www.gaskov.org

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Update #3

GCF Update #1 - Phase One
In our update last week, we shared that we will be having a 3 phased approach to the disastrous earthquake that hit our home region on August 14th, 2021. We wanted to offer a quick update on what we've been doing to serve some of the impacted communities. Read more at https://www.gaskov.org/post/gcf-update-1-phase-one

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Gaskov Clerge Foundation - GCF posted a new update:
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Update #1

Greetings!

Thank you so much for your support and your compassion towards the victims of the last hurricane that devastated the South of Haiti. What follows is a quick update on our response plan. We plan to keep you updated on how your contributions are touching the lives of the victims.

On The Ground
On Saturday, August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s southern peninsula affecting the South, Grand-Anse and Nippes Departments. The following Monday, Tropical Depression Grace dumped 2 inches of rain per hour, with 35 mph winds, on the shelterless victims. In 2016, this same region was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. As of 8/21/21, the reported death toll stands at 2,207. Additional reports include 12,268 injuries, 344 missing persons, 55,953 destroyed homes, 77,006 damaged homes and 650,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. The disaster struck as Haiti was already reeling from a COVID-19 pandemic and a sociopolitical crisis, creating an even more volatile environment for the people of Haiti

Who is GCF?
Since its founding in 1999, the Gaskov Clerge Foundation (GCF) has taken a holistic approach to community empowerment. We provide young students who cannot afford an education with scholarships for a brighter future as well as an avenue for many to engage in competitive sports. We built Klinik Fonfred in 2015, and have hired local medical professionals, giving them an opportunity to provide continuity of care to their community. Klinik Fonfred also contributes to the local economy by creating 22 jobs and subsidizing the purchase of all medication from local vendors. Learn more about who we are here.

GCF is not a humanitarian relief organization. We are a community based, grassroot organization focusing on providing education and continuity of care to under-served communities. When the immediate disaster crisis subsides, and all of the aid agencies have moved on to another crisis, GCF will continue to support its constituents and communities—many of which we have been supporting for over 22 years. Since 2010, GCF has been called upon by the communities we serve, to contribute to disaster relief responses. We were there in 2010 to care for thousands of earthquake victims. The late Mayor of Les Cayes called us to serve the community after Hurricane Matthew devastated the area in 2016 and now, the community is trusting GCF to help bring relief directly to some of the victims of the earthquake in 2021.

Results
The day after the earthquake, GCF sent a small in-country team to assess the impact of the earthquake in Les Cayes and surrounding areas. The team assessed urgent needs in Les Cayes, Maniche, and Camp Perin. They will also assess St. Louis and Chantal. As a part of our assessment, we met with the Regional Director of MSPP who requested that we provide medical care to the communities of Camp Perin, Saint Louis du Sud and Manich for 3 months.

We are also going to focus on reconstruction and plan to identify 10 families needing assistance to help rebuild their homes that are paraseismic and can withstand 120 mile per hour hurricane winds

Based on our assessment, we know the following:

In Les Cayes, we assessed that 3,145 homes have been destroyed. The victims have set up makeshift tents at several camps, one of which we visited in Landes Des Gabions with about 100 families living under tarps. The families living under these harsh conditions voiced their desire to go back to their own homes to live as normal families . They also expressed the immediate need for additional tents and clean water.
We visited the town of Maniche, ~⅔ of the town is destroyed including the main health center. When surveyed, Maniche’s residents expressed the need for food, not water.
We had similar requests in the town of Marceline near Camp Perin.
Camp Perin’s hospital was filled with pediatric patients being seen by a mission of medical doctors from the Nord-Est (Fort-Liberte & Nord-Est). The staff at the hospital expressed their need for an operating room.

We also assessed the damages in the Fonfred area where the clinic is located and found the following:

While Fonfred does not seem to be as affected as other areas, all of Klinik Fonfred’s staff living in Fonfred have either lost their homes or endured some damages to their homes.
Three of our staff at Klinik Fonfred lost their homes. One of our nurse’s house completely collapsed. She was pulled out of the rubbles alive and suffered neck injuries. The remaining 19 staff members’ homes were also damaged.
Klinik Fonfred lost one side of its security wall. The building weathered the earthquake with only minor damages. The staff kitchen and the security building will need to be re-built.
We have 12,000 patients in the immediately affected area. Since the earthquake, the number of patients has gone down to about ~200 patients a week, vs ~300.

What we Are Doing
A small GCF team flew to Haiti 5 days after the earthquake to join the local team to assess the situation and finalize our response to the disaster plan. Our response will ensure there is collaboration with other local entities, including the Haitian Diaspora Emergency Response Unit (HDERU), Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC) and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). Our priorities from that visit are:

Phase 1 - 2 weeks (08/25 - 09/01) ($60,000)
Conduct mobile clinics in identified impacted areas where victims have not been seen by a doctor or a medical team. Coordinate these mobile clinics in identified impacted areas that have not been visited by a doctor or a medical team for two weeks. Each mobile clinic will consist of a self-sustained team of 2 local Doctors and 6 Nurses. The team will carry all the medications and supplies they icipate will be needed for the clinic. They will see patients free of charge. We are targeting care for 2,000+ patients and victims of the earthquake.
Work with local authorities and help victims in Land des Gabions return to their home sites and provide them immediate relief such as a tent, a food card, 5 gallons of potable water, and a hygiene kit. We will also provide relief to other communities outside of Les Cayes. Our goal is to provide assistance to 500 families.

Phase 2 - Three months (September - November) - ($60,000)
Repair damages at Klinik Fonfred - re-buid the security wall and repair building damages.
Out of 42 centres de sante, 16 are completely destroyed. The regional MSPP Director requested GCF’s help to provide health care for 3 communities in Camp Perin, Maniche and St. Louis. GCF evaluated this request. Based on the organizations’ resources, we will build a team for only one center and will decide on which one by September 1st.

Phase 3 - Rebuild - ($100,000 - $150,000)
1. We are targeting 10- 15 families to help rebuild their homes. Families will be selected from 2-3 localities in rural communities in the South.

Transparent Reporting
Gaskov Clergé Foundation is committed to transparent and accountable use of the funds that are generously entrusted to us. To date, GCF has raised $117,671 of which 100% will be spent on relief efforts in Haiti.

GCF completed 990 form for 2019 can be found at www.Gaskov.org

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