The response to MAZON’s Emergency Haiti Relief Fund, launched last Wednesday, has been incredible. As of this post, you’ve helped us nearly $140,000. This money is going right back into the field. Here’s a brief update from our partners in Haiti:
A team from the International Medical Corps. (IMC) has been in stationed in Port-au-Prince (Haitian capital & quake epicenter) since last Wednesday. Since then, they’ve been able to assess the needs of 1,500 patients at the general hospital there, and have also begun to operate mobile medical units for those outside the city. To ensure stability & sustainability, IMC is working closely with local doctors & nurses to assist during this emergency period (the IMC estimates 70-80% of those examined will need surgery) when resources are scarce. This also allows for a Haitian medical response to continue after the army & emergency teams have left.
Below is an audio report from IMC on their progress & training, backed by photos from their work thus far. Some of these images may be graphic:
IMC’s concern for the future? “Food and water are already big problems and will become even bigger.”
The Lambi Fund, our grantee for the long-term rebuilding of Haiti, reports from the rural areas outside the city. As food and water remain scarce in Port-au-Prince, a mass exodus of desperate survivors has put a strain on these rural areas. Although they are not a first-responder, the Lambi Fund is utilizing its Twitter account to promote community organization, counteracting the media image of desperate looters with Haitians helping Haitians.
Looking to the future, the Lambi Fund plans to repair rainwater cisterns, rebuild grain mills, replant crops & re-establish their sustainable agricultural projects that were destroyed by the earthquake. These projects will allow rural farmers to provide food, water & basic supplies for their countrymen, rebuilding the Haitian economy & infrastructure from the ground up. All of this is vital for long-term recovery.
Please continue to offer your thoughts, prayers, and if you’re able, additional funding. Thank you once again for helping us get this far, and for all you do in this critical time.