Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti.  Over 3 million people were affected by the quake and the many large aftershocks that followed, as well as resulted in a large amount of damage to Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.  haiti photo02Trinity West went to Port au Prince, Haiti, in

February 2010. 




The earthquake struck on January 12, 2010 and was centered near the town of Leogane, 16 miles outside of Port-au-Prince.  Estimates say 230,000 dead, 300,000 injured and more than 1,000,000 made homeless.  Amongst the destruction lay 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings either collapsed or severely damages, including the Presidential Palace, National Assembly building, and the Port-au-Prince Cathedral.


While a great deal of aid has been directed toward Haiti, the situation is still very difficult.  Many thousands of people now live in tent cities and access to sources of food and clean water  is difficult, due to shortages as well as the poverty among many Haitian people, which has only been compounded by many places of business being destroyed in the quake.haiti photo04


In February, a group of TWCD volunteers traveled to Port-au-Prince.  This group included Matt Harmon, Matt Snively, Kyle Burns, Elise Fitzgerald, and James Riley.  Working in conjunction with Haitian Christian Outreach, these volunteers helped to sort and distribute food to struggling families in both Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, another city hit badly by the quake.  In addition, TWCD brought their own supplies to donate, including tents, clothing and toys.   In addition, Elise Fitzgerald provided medical assistance in local clinics.  After a 10 day trip, TWCD volunteers sorted donated food into hundreds of family-sized packages and helped to distribute them to families and assisted in two local clinics.  






Links:


Haitian Christian Outreach - www.HatianChristian.org