From relief to rebuilding - FFP's Haiti aid mission gets into second gear
Food For The Poor Inc (FFP), an international charity which also has bases in Jamaica, has purchased, packaged and shipped more than 3,100 tons of emergency relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, the organisation has revealed.
The agency, which has been working in Haiti for more than 24 years, said its operations are now moving from relief mode to reconstruction of homes and schools.
"We must really start to think beyond this immediate relief now, and plan for the rebuilding, the rebirth of Port-au-Prince. It will be a huge undertaking, and it will take a long time," said Food For The Poor's Executive Director, Angel Aloma.
Hundreds of containers filled with emergency relief items - filled with items ranging from food and medicine to building equipment - will continue to be delivered to the quake-hit country via the Dominican Republic, as well as Haiti's ports.
The organisation is distributing the items through various feeding centres, including its own in downtown Port-au-Prince where thousands of hot meals are being served daily. FFP is also delivering food directly to earthquake victims living in tent cities in various sections of Haiti.
At a large tent city in Delmas, where at least 50,000 people are struggling to survive, Food For The Poor said it has installed an 8,000-gallon water tank, refilled five times a day, for the displaced residents there.
FFP has also donated solar-powered water-purification machines that are processing thousands of gallons a day at several compounds, including a large establishment within the capital, Port-au-Prince. Before the magnitude-seven temblor which rattled the country on January 12, the charity had completed 676 water projects, inclusive of wells, cisterns, water towers and latrines.