Skip to comments.Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel, Resources to Aid with Haiti Relief
Posted on 01/15/2010 7:34:02 AM PST by GunsAndBibles
Alexandria, VA (January 13, 2010) The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the countrys infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.
One of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin thats home to predominantly poor living in the nations capital.
According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the childrens home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe aftershocks continued to affect the country.
The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.
The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.
The Salvation Armys World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA, has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency supplies, to assist in the recovery.
The organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term needs of the residents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees throughout the country, said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office.
This is who I donated to because I know the money will be put to good use!
Me too. Sent them a check yesterday. I also sent a check to Samaritan’s Purse.
We did last nite.The site for anyone is SalvationArmyUSA.org
“The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.” BUT the Hatian “Presidential Palace” and the UN headquarters were destroyed w/ a large loss of life...hummm makes ya wonder(Is G*D talking?).
Yes, I donated to the SA as well yesterday.
Our company was offering matching donations if we gave to the Red Cross and/or UNICEF, but I felt uncomfortable about giving to those two organizations.
Now THAT’S the outfit to donate to...the best in every way. I have donated a few cars to them over the years and was very happy with their procedures...
Whatever you do: do not give any $$$ to the American Red Cross. They suck, have a big overhead, are run by libs, and actually make victims pay for their goods and services.
Sally Ann is a great organization!!
I feel most comfortable with Salvation Army. My liberal daughter-in-law sent emails asking everybody to give to Mercy Corp. from Portland, but I am leary of any group I don’t know about because money could end up going for more Acorn type stuff. Is anyone familiar with Mercy?
Yeah, but won’t we need the Salvation Navy to ship all those supplies and people over there, or is this a job for the Salvation Air Force?
N’yuck, N’yuck, N’yuck
The Salvation Army had greeters at New York Harbor when my parents arrived from Europe to resettle in America, in November 1951. They were cold, scared, and homesick, having left family behind the Iron Curtain. The Salvation Army volunteers gave them their first cups of hot coffee in America. Our family has never forgotten that kindness.
I guess I'll write another check to them. If we all chip in what we can, I think we can make it go a long way. Making it stay that way is another story for another day.
Me, too. Just donated my Ford Explorer. My baby died at 185,000 miles.
Me, too. Just donated my Ford Explorer. My baby died at 185,000 miles.
“We collected for the Red Cross at the office today, but I was wondering if the SA had a presence there”
I’m not sure I understand your question. A presence where?
If you mean a presence in Haiti, the answer is yes.
I’m glad to hear St Vincent DePaul takes books. We always seem to have extras. I can donate paperbacks to hospitals, but there’s a limit! I’ve tried selling some on Amazon, but I’m impatient about storing things once I’ve decided I don’t need them. We already have too much stuff - everywhere!
Salvation Army Relief Workers Head to Haiti (Update 15 January) EXPERIENCED emergency workers are arriving in Haiti to help The Salvation Army’s local response to the earthquake that has devastated Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area.
Lieut-Colonel Lindsay Rowe, Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army’s Caribbean Territory, says: ‘Like all other relief agencies The Salvation Army is experiencing a great deal of difficulty and frustration in its efforts to get emergency response personnel and vital supplies of food, water and medical aid on the ground in Haiti. With the main seaport severely damaged and the airport stretched beyond its capacity, making vital supplies available to waiting teams and desperate people is a logistical nightmare.
‘Even when the supplies reach the airport many streets and roadways are impassable, leaving victims stranded without access to aid. The level of tension is rising as people approach their third day without access to vital aid supplies and medical treatment.’
Yesterday (14 January) a plane carrying experienced emergency response personnel from the USA was diverted from Port-au-Prince when it was decided to close the airport to all but military aircraft. The plane finally landed at Cape Hatia, some six-eight hours drive from Port-au-Prince, and the team obtained vehicles to begin the arduous trip.
Team member Major Tom Louden said there were large holes in the road which they had to go around on the edge of cliffs that had no guard rails. Because of the road conditions the team could travel at only 20 miles per hour. The major reports that even away from the worst-hit areas people are walking around aimlessly. At times there were so many people in the street they had to wait for the street to clear to be able to pass through the crowds.
Another team is preparing to go to Haiti from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA, with a plane full of essential supplies. Also heading there are members of International Emergency Services from International Headquarters, London.
Staff from Caribbean Territorial Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, have made arrangements for supplies and several volunteer doctors to travel to Haiti on two planes and Lieut-Colonel Rowe says other containers are loaded and ready to be shipped when the ports are open to receive them.
The colonel concludes: ‘The international Salvation Army is responding in an amazing way. We now have commitments of more than US$500,000 through various territories and International Emergency Services. Please pray for our teams arriving in Haiti and for strength and grace as they set up the command and distribution centres.’
Donations to the ‘Latin America Disaster Fund’ can be made online by clicking on the button below: https://secure.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=IHQ-Haiti http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf/vw-news/219A7C4B2FA83EC8802576AC005C97C2?opendocument