HURRICANE SANDY – Water Survival Box Aid En Route To Haiti
When Hurricane Sandy struck, Fifi
Bouille was giving birth in a refugee camp.
There were no medics around, only her sisters.
Throughout the three-hour labour, rain beat down
on the tent and fierce winds tugged at the
canvas. The hurricane did not just take their
tent, but their cooking utensils, bedding and
meagre supplies of food. On Wednesday, she had
one meal of corn. On Thursday, nothing. Bouille
is not alone in fearing that Sandy's aftermath
may be more terrible than the storm itself for
Haiti. Although the world's attention has mostly
focused on the hurricane's impact on the United
States, the short-term suffering and long-term
consequences for this Caribbean nation – the
poorest country in the western hemisphere – are
far greater because so many people already live
permanently on the edge of catastrophe.
Brief extracts from an article in The Guardian on Friday – the full article can be seen at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/02/aftermath-hurricane-sandy-haiti-disaster
Over the weekend contact was
established with the Rotary Task Force in Haiti
through Rtn Dr Claude Surena in Port au Prince.
Claude Surena confirmed the need for both Standard
WSBs (for families that had lost everything) and
Multi-packs to help protect against the growing
cholera outbreak. On Wednesday a total of 400
boxes will leave our depot in Somerset to be flown
into Port au Prince by the weekend.