A 7.2 magnitude earthquake that ripped through the Caribbean island State on 14 August, was followed days later by Tropical Depression Grace, which exacerbated the suffering and increased the devastation. More than a half million children in southwestern Haiti without access to shelter, drinking water and hygiene facilities are increasingly under threat from acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, cholera and malaria, according to UNICEF.
In most circumstances, the best way to respond to a natural disaster is to give money to organizations like the Red Cross—or donate directly to people on the ground in-country. Unfortunately, they can’t purchase supplies in Haiti. Working directly with local leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we will be flying in tents, rope, tarps and other supplies purchased in the United States and delivered to Haiti.
One of the other problems many organizations are having is bypassing the delays customs places on many of these supplies and then the issues associated with distribution once the supplies arrive. Both of these issues have been addressed and we’re pleased to report they are not expected to be problems for this expedition.
We will deliver over 800 pounds of relief supplies on September 13.
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