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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Haiti: Today’s Stories, Tomorrow’s Accountability

Clifferd Dick, HOPE International Development Agency's Director of International Relations, was recently in Haiti to oversee the first stage of our relief and rehabilitation plan for people affected by this month’s devastating earthquake.

Many British Columbians had the opportunity to hear Clifferd interviewed on CBC Radio’s afternoon talk show BC Almanac. You can hear Clifferd's reflections on the disaster and HOPE International Development Agency's response right here.

The Burnaby Newsleader also had a chance to speak to Clifferd and David S. McKenzie, HOPE’s Executive Director. You can find that article here.

The focus that the media at all levels has maintained on the situation in Haiti is rare, and does enhance the ability of organizations like HOPE International Development Agency to help Haitians. We appreciate coverage of our efforts. However, we are aware that an outspoken public campaign should be equaled by our long-term commitment to accountability.

We want to tell our supporters about what their gifts are doing for Haitians. When the official media is no longer focused on Haiti, we will be especially careful to report to donors like you.

Visit today and learn more about our work in Haiti.

We also always welcome your emails and phone calls:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Haiti Update - January 25, 2010

HOPE International Development Agency responded rapidly in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Immediately after the quake, two trucks full of medical supplies and medicines, including much needed antibiotics, were rushed to affected areas in Haiti via the Dominican Republic.

Clifferd Dick, HOPE International Development Agency’s Director of International Relations, has been in Haiti, facilitating the clearing and procurement of additional shipments of desperately needed emergency medicines and supplies needed to continue treating the survivors.

Even now, as we continue to provide emergency supplies required to support the survivors, we are planning ways through which we can help Haitians rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the this devastating disaster.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiti Update - January 20, 2010

With an estimated 200,000 dead, 250,000 injured and 1.5 million homeless, the need for emergency supplies continues in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Haiti.

HOPE International Development Agency has responded swiftly to the disaster. Personnel and medication commonly used to treat infections and trauma in emergency situations have already been sent to the earthquake-affected area through the Dominican Republic.

By gathering medical supplies and relief items available in the Dominican Republic and transporting them by land, HOPE International Development Agency is responding quickly and effectively to help earthquake survivors.

HOPE International Development Agency’s Director of International Relations, Mr. Clifferd Dick, is currently in the Dominican Republic, en route to Haiti. Clifferd has also facilitated the clearing and procurement of emergency medicines and supplies that will be used to treat earthquake victims.

Given the damage to ports and airports in Haiti, the Dominican Republic has proved to be a strong alternative entry point for supplies being shipped internationally. Channelling aid through the Dominican Republic will help to avoid delays in delivering aid and save many lives.

HOPE International Development Agency will continue to intensify our response in the coming days.

Help save lives today.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saving lives in the aftermath of massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

“Worse than a war zone”… this is how one survivor of the killer earthquake that struck Haiti this week describes the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that brought the capital city crashing down on top of it citizens.

HOPE International Development Agency is responding immediately by ensuring survivors receive urgently needed supplies of food, medicine, water, and temporary shelter.

The coming days, while less shocking than the moment the earthquake struck, will be no less devastating as more bodies are found and a lack of essentials, like food, water, medicine, and shelter, create a crisis that could end up being just as deadly as the earthquake.

Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, states that the death toll could exceed well over 100,000 people as more bodies are discovered in the coming days - crushed underneath thousands of collapsed buildings, homes and tons of rubble that has turned Port-au-Prince into one massive disaster zone.

The magnitude of the destruction is frightening and the death toll disheartening. Some of the city’s largest buildings could not withstand the earthquake and now lie in ruin, including Parliament, hospitals, and schools. Thousands of homes vanished, along with residents, in an instant.

We need to respond right now or it will be too late for many of the survivors as life’s essentials - food, water, shelter, and medicines - become even more scarce.

See how HOPE International Development Agency is responding to the crisis and give today.