One Week after Report from our Partner World Relief

Post a Comment » Written on January 20th, 2010     
Filed under: Disaster Relief
One week after the earthquake, survivors are desperate for food and water.

Hundreds of survivors are being fed hot meals at World Relief feeding centers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s devastated capital.

Every day, World Relief’s Disaster Response team is working alongside Haitian church volunteers, serving rice, beans and porridge to up to 1,400 of Haiti’s most vulnerable people.

World Relief and local church partners plan to launch more feeding centers in the Leogan neighborhood of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, two hard-hit areas that have been slow to receive any emergency aid.

Clean water is another giant need.  World Relief is working with a local partner to drill bore holes and install submersible water pumps.  Six pumps – each capable of pumping 12 gallons per minute – will be installed as soon as possible.

Hundreds of injured and traumatized victims are receiving urgent care at King’s Hospital – one of the few medical facilities still functioning in Port-au-Prince.

World Relief and partners have set up and supplied three operating theaters, staffed by American and Haitian surgeons, doctors and nurses.  King’s Hospital has 300 beds for the most seriously injured.

World Relief’s Country Director, Dr. Hubert Morquette, and Dr. Esther Gwan, from World Relief’s headquarters in Baltimore, continue to treat scores of people at the hospital, working around the clock in very difficult conditions.

“We have treated hundreds of injuries as well as countless open and closed fractures,” Dr. Morquette reports.

Tragically, one couple dug their young daughter out of the rubble and carried her to King’s Hospital in the middle of the night – only to watch her die in their arms as they arrived.

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