Written by Adam Hicks
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 06:28
The planting season in Haiti is just a month away and officials say long-term food security is a great concern. A subgroup of the United Nations said the key to averting a food crisis is to make sure that people are able to get their crops planted because more than 40 percent of Haiti’s food is grown domestically.
Samaritan’s Purse media relations coordinator Melissa Strickland said emergency food is also a critical need. She added that medical facilities are reporting an increase in cases of tetanus, measles, and chicken pox. Strickland said there is also a growing diarrhea problem.
Strickland said there are 83 DART members on the ground in Haiti today.
Strickland said the team’s food distribution was not completed as planned yesterday because of security issues. She explained the distribution for today was cancelled, so the team must find a way to provide security for staff distributing the food coupons to beneficiaries.
SP’s sub-base in Leogane was able to distribute plastic, hygiene kits, and blankets at four different locations including an orphanage yesterday.
The team’s barge was reloaded in Florida yesterday and left for Haiti at 7:00 this morning. Strickland said the barge is carrying two trucks, two trailers, a forklift, a dump truck, over 6,000 hygiene kits, eight community water filters, and over 1,600 rolls of plastic.
Strickland said the team at the sub-base has completed 46 latrines in Leogane.
A convoy of SP’s heavy equipment arrived at their sub-base yesterday. They will begin removing rubble as soon as possible.
SP crews have also installed a community water filter in Leogane to serve more than 2,000 displaced people. There are a total of 10 community water filters.
Strickland said SP’s two-way radio have been programmed by the United Nations to work on their towers.
SP has a small Kodiak airplane that is scheduled to arrive in Haiti by the end of the week. The team is working on a plan to clear an airstrip at the SP compound.
Samaritan’s Purse is asking for everyone to continue to pray for earthquake victims and those involved in relief efforts. You can also find out how to donate by visiting SamaritansPurse.org.