Update from Rick Ireland

Phases 1 and 2 of the recovery plan (which have been completed) included the following:

  • More than 1,000 people were vaccinated and more than 2,000 people were seen in free clinics. These clinics were staffed by Haitian medical people volunteering their time to serve their churches and communities.
  • We (the steering committee) have worked extensively with the local churches to develop programming for children prior to the restart of school.
  • We conducted distributions at every church in the West and South Districts. Some of these churches are hours from , and this was the only help these people received. We have also distributed relief supplies to school staffs.
  • We have given grants to 29 pastors to provide for provisional shelter and to an additional 19 pastors to assist in repairing their homes.
  • We have assisted a number of churches in demolition. The typical pattern is that local church people provide the labor to take down the buildings and we provide money to have the rubble hauled away.
  • We have been identifying and funding projects that can be accomplished with Haitian labor.
  • We have made major progress in rebuilding the financial system and hope to be done in the next week or so.
  • The Bible school has restarted.

Looking ahead

  • Nearly a dozen sites have lost both their church and school. We are working hard to get at least one usable structure at every site.
  • New building materials are being tested: a new (to us) steel frame building structure and a new (to ) type of foam core building.
  • We are expecting a major shipment of tents.
  • We are looking at the possibility of a second pastors’ retreat. The first retreat was limited to only West and South District pastors. We would like to do something for all pastors and wives. The earthquake has had an impact far beyond Port-au-Prince. Superintendent Charite reports that in his region alone the population has swelled by 156,000 people and the schools are serving 20,000 additional students.
  • We are planning major subsidies to all FM schools to assist them in paying for staff.
  • We need to continue to rebuild the administrative structure of the mission in Haiti. This begins with finances but there are a number of other things, such as government reports and permits that need to be brought up to date as the government structure gets back to normal.

VISA Need in Haiti:

The FM recovery program in Haiti requires a geotechnical engineer to join a small team of structural engineers departing soon.
DUTIES: Help in the ongoing assessments of selected FM churches and schools which remain standing following the January earthquake. Help prepare a brief report on findings and conclusions.
ELIGIBILITY: A qualified geotechnical engineer experienced in time-efficient field assessments. A team player who understands and is in full sympathy with the Christian basis for this work is needed for this mission.
MISSION DURATION: approximately one week.
TIMING: soon – to be arranged in consultation with the team leader. Interested individuals should e-mail: conniek@fmcna.org.