Thursday, 28 October 2010

Haiti

On January 12, 2010, as a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the foundations of Port‐au‐Prince, Haiti, Global Aid Network (GAiN) stood ready to respond.

With a million meals in country and a worldwide network of GAiN offices poised to aid in the recovery efforts through mobilizing people and resources with compassion, Global Aid Network began responding to the disaster. Medical and trauma care teams arrived at the ministry center school and clinic at Chambrun and began to treat the injured through the clinic and a mobile medical bus. In the United States, Canada, Germany and other European countries, containers filled with fortified rice and soy protein meals, baby food, medical supplies, antibiotics, blankets, hygiene kits and other relief supplies were prepared for shipping. By the end of January, over 3,000 people had been treated by 9 volunteer medical teams; and by the end of May, GAiN had mobilized 38 medical teams with 1,043 medical personnel to treat more than 20,154 people.

GAiN and Campus Crusade for Christ Haiti had housed 271 volunteers and staff from GAiN offices and its partners. These volunteers and staff conducted 165 distribution events benefiting 363,000 affected Haitians. Over 40 shipments provided over 4 million meals, 1,195 tents, 4,800 hygiene kits, and 1,300 mobility units (wheelchairs,walkers and crutches). Also, over 11,800 hollow fiber membrane water filters, designed to remove 99.9% of disease causing bacteria and capable of filtering 500 gallons of water a day were distributed to provide safe drinking water in a situation becoming increasingly ripe for disease and sickness.

As physical needs are met, the love of God is also being shared with the Haitian people. Jesus Film teams have shared the story of Jesus with 94,759 people in 95 different settings, with 3,321 people indicating a personal commitment to Christ. GAiN staff encountered a witchdoctor who had turned to Christ from voodoo after the earthquake, resulting in his wife deserting him and his three children. Our partner and national director of Campus Crusade for Christ Haiti shared that “after seeing the Jesus Film, some of the people who pray to receive Christ after the presentation are voodoo doctors who have come to realize that their religion is all a big lie. It’s not true. And they’re coming to the Lord.”

Destruction took only 35 seconds. Rebuilding will take the ongoing concern and generosity of the world for years to come.

We give thanks to God for all of our partnering teams that went to help those that need it the most. We also give thanks for the new life that many are experiencing right now, a life that no tremor nor disaster will be able to destroy.

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