1,748 mattresses and hundreds of kitchen sets for families
World Vision is prioritizing goods to ensure survival of families
Coca Cola Foundation, Henkel, Working to Give LLC and good-hearted individuals from several countries donated within a few hours after the quake
August 24, 2021. World Vision sent a five-truck convoy on Monday 23, and earlier this week sent via helicopter essential goods to ensure the survival of thousands of families who lost their homes to the devastating 7.2 earthquake that rattled Haiti on August 14.
“In the aftermath of this catastrophe that completely destroyed over 30,000 homes, 127 schools and thousands of buildings in the Southern region of Les Cayes and Nippes people must eat, and they need to ensure the best hygienic conditions possible to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases even amid such devastation”, said Marcel Viscarra, National Director of World Vision Haiti.
With assistance of national authorities to secure road access to the affected areas, World Vision deployed trucks with 1,748 mattresses and 682 kitchen sets. “We are trying to ensure that children and their families sleep in better conditions, not on the floor, nor on wet surfaces, as many currently are. Besides, kitchen sets will help families to prepare meals, an essential necessity in these initial stages of the emergency”, explained Viscarra.
Focused on protecting the most vulnerable children, the shipment benefits families in Maniche, Twarat, Charisiy and La Rode – communities of Les Cayes, epicenter of the event- The cargo also included 1,309 baby kits containing diapers and other good for the care of infants and 1,100 hygiene kits and 600 water purifiers.
“An emergency like the experienced by Haiti affects directly supply chains that make almost impossible to obtain essential goods for the care of families. Those who looked forward to recover some of their belongings buried under the rubble, completely lost hope after the heavy rains that tropical storm Grace dumped over Haiti a few hours after the quake. That is why we are providing at the fastest pace possible these immediate relief items”, Viscarra added.
“We want to thank all our donors, especially those who within a few hours after the emergency stood up and provided resources to make possible this response”, said the National Director of World Vision Haiti.
Coca Cola Foundation, Working to Give LLC, Henkel and good-hearted donors from Korea, the United States and other countries were among those.
“This is just the beginning of a journey to rebuild the country. Children were supposed to start school in September; however, the infrastructure is gone. World Vision is committed in the long term to ensure opportunities and brighter futures for children and their families. We ask you to donate to continue our work on the field."