HOTLINE - week of February 1, 2010

CWS continues to help meet emergency needs in quake-hit Haiti; Hurricane Katrina: helping more families go home; Multi-year food program helping families in Serbia

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Girl with CWS blanket
Haiti--Anne Castleton (right), a consultant on disaster relief for CWS, delivers a  CWS Blanket and Hygiene Kit to a young blind girl who survived Haiti's January 12 earthquake.
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Haiti earthquake emergency

Dorotie Pierre still brings her nine-month-old son, Thierry, to the Aprosifa malnutrition clinic every day, despite being reduced to sleeping outdoors on old blankets after losing everything.  “If the rains come, I don’t know what I will do,” Pierre says.

Pierre is one of 15-20 malnourished women and children who come to the clinic every day to get food. The clinic is supported by the Action by Churches Together Alliance, of which Church World Service is a member.  Antonine Dimanche, who works at the clinic, continues to make sure the children get enriched milk, spinach, beans and rice every day.  The most severely malnourished are given a peanut butter-like paste full of vitamins and minerals.  

CWS is working with the ACT Alliance and with local partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide aid such as CWS Kits and Blankets, tents and food packages, medical supplies, construction of temporary water systems, and water purification materials.  Thus far, CWS has provided more than $700,000 worth of aid and material resources to assist Haitian families affected by the quake.  Long-term CWS work will focus on food security in rural areas.

CWS is also expanding its work with disabled people in Port-au-Prince in concert with our partner Service Chretien d’Haiti.  Says SCH executive director Ernst Abraham, “There is much to do in Port-au-Prince to guarantee that persons with disabilities are getting their needs met.  They are not able to go and stand in the large distribution or water lines to get aid… Our staff and trained volunteers are personally delivering the kits, food and water.”  Some 2,500 people are being assisted in this effort. Assistance also includes psychosocial support; art, music and theater activities for emotional support; a monthly cash voucher for each family for 12 months; and access to wheelchairs and prosthetics.  

In addition, some 100 at-risk children who have been part of the CWS-supported House of Hope program, in Port-au-Prince, are being provided with one hot meal a day for at least the next month.  They and their families are also receiving other emergency and relief items, with CWS support.    

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Hurricane Katrina

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, many people of the U.S. Gulf Coast remain displaced from their homes.  

CWS this year is assuming a coordinating role to help the United Way of Greater New Orleans Area return 25 families to their homes in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.

Much of the work is being funded by federal and state resources.  But it is necessary to pay for a year of flood and homeowners' insurance while repairs and rebuilding take place.  CWS is focusing on providing this insurance for the 25 low-and middle-income families.  

CWS has helped to rebuild or repair some 709 homes in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity International and local churches.

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Serbia--Mirjana is one of 20 children getting breakfast and lunch every day through a CWS-implemented program.
Photo: CWS

An estimated 2,265 food-insecure children, Roma people, and elderly, low-income retirees in Smederevo Municipality are expected to benefit from a multi-year food-growing program launched by Church World Service to increase the amount of food available for soup kitchens in the area.

CWS is increasing food production with a new chicken farm, modernizing agricultural production, expanding an existing pig farm and constructing a greenhouse, in cooperation with our local partner, the House of the Red Cross in Mala Krsna.  

The CWS project is tripling agricultural production and increasing available animal protein for the kitchens.  Through these efforts, low-income families are eating a variety of foods, including corn, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, chard, lettuce and cucumber grown in the greenhouse, and fresh meat.

The project is also providing breakfast and lunch for some 20 children attending a Church World Service-implemented early childhood education program.

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