Via Peter Iverson in Bloomington – Lt. Jonathan Fizgerald, the Bloomington Corps Officer, works in the brutally hot heat of Port-au-Prince where he is in charge of logistics and distribution for food and other supplies in the tent city of 20,000 that The Salvation Army oversees. Helping the local economy, he hires local Haitians to assist. The security is provided by the United States military, which makes the distributions run smoothly.
Beyond food, Lt. Fitzgerald and other relief workers are helping to prepare the region for the upcoming rainy season. With so many people living on a soccer field, the health and property risks are great. So, The Salvation Army will distributed tarps which will replace the tents made of sheets. The Salvation Army is also working on improving the sanitation for those living in the tent city.
The Salvation Army has been hard at work since the earthquake hit and in the first month of the disaster delivered 558,000 pounds of relief supplies for the suffering people of Haiti. “The logistical precision of this operation is amazing,” remarked Major George Polarek, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army’s World Services Office.
To date 2.6 million meals, nearly 3,000 tents, and 8,710 pounds of medical supplies were delivered to Haiti. In addition to Port-au-Prince where Lt. Jonathan serves, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.
Donations are still needed to continue with the relief efforts in Haiti. For online donations, visit salvationarmyindiana.org. You can also text “Haiti” to 52000 to make a one time $10 donation which will be added to your phone bill.