Boone-based international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has 79 team members on the ground at Haiti.
According to Samaritan’s Purse information coordinator Melissa Strickland, 21 of those team members are medical and as of Wednesday, Samaritan’s Purse doctors have performed more than 115 operations.
A helicopter is also en route and expected to arrive in Haiti today.
The Samaritan’s Purse Incident Management Team has installed eight large community water filtration systems that are located around the disaster area.
Strickland said a barge that is loaded with heavy equipment and relief supplies left Fort Pierce, Florida around 6:00 Monday morning and is expected to arrive in Haiti by Friday. The barge is carrying several items including three vans, a pickup truck, two skid steer loaders, two excavators, a bulldozer, two dump trucks, two flatbed trucks, thousands of hygiene kits, over 2,000 rolls of plastic for temporary shelters, and assorted medical supplies.
Strickland explained Samaritan’s Purse has an established working relationship with a large church in Cite Soleil, which is the poorest and most violent area of Haiti. She said members of the Samaritan’s Purse team were able to walk through the city Tuesday to assess needs and meet residents without any problems. Team members and the local church in Cite Soleil are planning to distribute food, plastic, and other relief items to 1,000 families in the city on Friday.
Samaritan’s Purse officials are asking residents to pray for victims to get help as quickly as possible, for the worker’s physical, mental, and emotional welfare while they work in Haiti, and for wisdom in determining the most effective way to respond to the disaster.
You can get involved with Samaritan’s Purse by donating money to the relief effort. For more information, you can call 1-800-528-1980 or visit www.SamaritansPurse.org.
***Melissa Strickland recently called into AM 1450 WATA’s Blessings of Liberty program.
Strickland spoke with host Wynn Greer and co host Dave Blanks about the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing to benefit Haitians in need.
You can click the button below to listen to Strickland’s segment on Blessings of Liberty.