CWS situation report: Haiti earthquake

A 5.9-magnitude aftershock--one of many aftershocks--hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince today, shaking residents who survived the devastating January 12 earthquake. The extent of damage is being assessed; early reports indicated some buildings had been damaged. The aftershock was centered on Gressier, a town west of the capital city.

Quake survivors register for distribution of supplies
Quake survivors in the Haitian city of Leogane, people register for distribution of supplies by a CWS partner in the ACT Alliance coalition.
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT

Situation:

A 5.9-magnitude aftershock--one of many aftershocks--hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince today, shaking residents who survived the devastating January 12 earthquake. The extent of damage is being assessed; early reports indicated some buildings had been damaged. The aftershock was centered on Gressier, a town west of the capital city.
 
Meanwhile, security has improved in Port-au-Prince for ongoing international relief efforts, according to reports.

CWS response:

Developments today:
 
Don Tatlock, CWS Latin America and Caribbean program manager, and other local and international staff working with him are fine following the aftershocks.
 
Tatlock reports that "the fact that our local partners know their neighborhoods and even as people are displaced have the connections to locate them allows for (effective) distribution," he said, noting that recipients of initial CWS assistance were clients "of our pre-disaster programs and in many cases their host families or others from the immediate neighborhood who are in need of assistance."
 
In other observations, after accompanying Ernst Abraham of Service Chretien d'Haiti to the agency's offices, which were destroyed, Tatlock said: "It was very emotionally wrenching as he talked about how the work they had worked so hard to build, such as programs to serve those with disabilities. felt like a victim of this disaster as well."
 
Tatlock noted that Polycarp Joseph, Director of the House of Hope Children's Day School, a CWS partner, distributed some food aid Tuesday (Jan 19) to client students and their families. Tatlock worked with Poloycarp today with further distributions. Among the distributions that were made earlier was the distribution of 185 CWS Blankets into Port-au-Prince by partner Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas on the second day after the disaster and distributed to individuals needing them.
 
Other relief items, including CWS Kits and Blankets, that had been pre-positioned for disasters in a Santo Domingo warehouse by SSID, arrived in Port-au-Prince from Santo Domingo last week along with water and sanitation equipment that been shipped as part of CWS-supported efforts by the ACT Alliance.  ACT partners in Haiti "are pooling those initial resources" and are distributing them, said Donna Derr, director of development and humanitarian assistance for CWS.
 
CWS has scheduled an air shipment for Thursday, Jan. 21, of medicine boxes into Port-au-Prince. Each IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance) medicine box contains enough essential medicines and medical supplies to treat the routine ailments of about 1,000 adults and children. Further information on this shipment will be available shortly.
 
With ocean shipping schedules backed up, CWS has diverted part of a 40-foot container shipment of emergency kits to go by air on tonight, with the remainder to be expedited by fastest means available.  This is a separate shipment from the shipment of IMA medicine boxes.

A recap to date:

CWS on Jan. 13 issued an appeal, expanded on Friday, Jan. 15.
 
To maximize efficiency, CWS is making the neighboring Dominican Republic the hub for our response, at least for now. CWS is working closely in conjunction with partner SSID, which is receiving and purchasing material aid in the capital of Santo Domingo and transporting the aid into Haiti from the neighboring DR.
 
Part of the CWS response will be in assisting Haitians who may try to enter the DR, as well as the establishment of a storage and distribution center in the Dominican city of Jimani, near the border. Food security is expected to be a priority for that part of response. In Port-au-Prince, the CWS response is focusing on work with at-risk children and people with disabilities.
 
Another response will be for SSID and CWS to mobilize NGOs in the DR that focus on children's programs to support equivalent NGOs in Haiti.
 
In Haiti, CWS will assist in the full restoration of operational and programmatic capacity of Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice, a CWS partner. The EFPJ children's program in Port-au-Prince will deliver a range of services to children in Carrefour and La Saline.
 
CWS is reorganizing and expanding the network of volunteers trained by Cuban missionaries, from the Cuban Council of Churches, to work with people with disabilities in neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.
 
CWS is assisting in restoring the operating capacity of CWS partners Service Chretien d'Haiti and SKDE so they can provide direct services to survivors in of Port-au-Prince.
 
As part of efforts in which CWS, a member of the ACT Alliance, supports the larger ACT work in Haiti, CWS is exploring partnership program efforts with Christian Aid in ways that take advantage of our respective interests and capacities. 
 
CWS-supported efforts as part of the larger ACT Alliance include the construction of temporary water systems, providing water purification materials, tents and food packages. Additional efforts will be announced once assessments are completed.
 
CWS praises the decision by the US government, granting Temporary Protected Status to Haitians living in the U.S.
 
The Church World Service-administered Religious Services Program is responding to the particular pastoral needs of Haitian immigrants held in the four federal detention centers it serves, including the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, Florida.
 
Church World Service long has provided assistance to the Haitian population in the United States through its Miami office. That office, along with 17 BIA-recognized CWS affiliate offices across the United States, are prepared to provide immigration legal services and assistance with TPS applications.  More information is available at www.churchworldservice.org/immigration.

How to help:

Contributions may be made at www.churchworldservice.org/haiti or by phoning 800-297-1516 or by mailing to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 (please indicate Haiti Earthquake).


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