I just returned from Port au Prince, Haiti late Monday from a week of service. We partnered with an amazing organization called Jesus in Haiti Ministries.
As you all know by now, yesterday a massive earthquake devastated the area. Early estimates are that over 3 million people are affected and the death toll is rising by the minute as the day begins. Our friends down there are doing all they can to find people and bring food.
Haiti’s infrastructure is poorly constructed and there were already limited roads to get around on. With this new damage, getting around the area to help and bring supplies is virtually impossible by vehicle. Helicopters are needed and unfortunately the country’s military and government does not have any. The UN is there and have a few, but their main building has collapsed. They are searching for over 300 missing UN personal. There are so many places to search and help, as many helicopters as possible are needed for days to come.
The relief organization I am a part of is called Air Calvary. Back when Haiti was struck with the 4 massive tropical storms, we were able to be the first relief from the air on the ground in the area of Gonaïves, Haiti. We were able to go where most relief aids were not.
Air Calvary was able to bring food, water, and medicine into the area, and bring the sick out. We are hoping to do the same now.
We have an opportunity to bring a 8 passenger helicopter into Port au Prince today and can operarate for as long as funds are there. Since we are a small organization, run and operated by a few local people here in NY and with some partners in Haiti and DR, funds are limited.
I know that many relief organizations are also trying to help, but we feel that we have one of the best chances to actually save lives if we act now.
If you would like more information on how you can help and possibly support this rescue and relief operation, please go to the website. Once again, your prayers and support for Haiti would be deeply appreciated.