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VISA Teams: Haiti

  -November 1st, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Teams Notice: The Haiti Deployment Team continues to actively assess current conditions, including the cholera outbreak. At the present time, teams are encouraged to continue with their travel plans, but are urged to pay close attention to careful hand washing and to drink only filtered/purified water. Teams are also encouraged to pack their own food or buy pre-packaged food in the country and to avoid locally grown food. The Haiti Deployment Team wants those traveling to Haiti to carefully consider the risks and does not want anyone to feel undue pressure to go if they believe it is better to stay home at the present time.

Teams: A three-person team from the , , MI, will be involved in maintenance work at the hospital in Dessalines, Haiti, Nov. 2 to 9. is the team leader.

will lead a team of four from the Calgary FMC, , , to continue reconstruction on the in Haiti, Nov. 2 to 16.

Port-au-Prince Report #5

  -January 27th, 2010 @ 9:33 am

Tuesday evening, January 26, 2010
Report #5
Reported by John Hay, Jr., ICCM Director of Advancement

Free Methodist Haitian Earthquake Response Team #2 concluded its mission on Monday and returned to Santo Domingo, , on Tuesday to brief Team #3. Team #3 makes the seven-hour drive to Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, January 27, with more relief supplies, a well-drilling team, logistics experts and (ICCM) leaders.

The Tuesday evening briefing between the two teams yielded a sobering assessment of conditions in Port-au-Prince. “What you see on TV is not true; it is much worse,” one team member said. Another reflected: “It is so overwhelming, you cannot put words to it.” The team described people living in tent villages on every available open space, calling out for water and food, and afraid to go inside buildings and homes that are still standing.

They also described heroic efforts of rescue and people sharing with each other the food and water they are able to access. An informal economy is beginning to supply essential needs even as the formal economy of the city struggles to come back online. “The people of Port-au-Prince are still in shock,” one team member declared.

Structural engineer inspected ten ICCM schools, along with churches and homes, with the assistance of Haitian ICCM and church leaders. Many schools and FM church facilities will need to be rebuilt in the months and years ahead. The task ahead is immense, but the faith of many in the Haitian Free Methodist Church is strong.

Response Team #2 was also able to restore electricity to the ICCM office so it can serve as a center for helping schools across the country resume classes as soon as feasible.

Team #3 will begin its service on Wednesday, January 27. The team includes well-drillers and . They will attempt to find water that will be a life-giving resource for many. Two team members will focus on logistics for relief and recovery teams going to over the next several months. ICCM Director Linda Adams and ICCM I will work with the Haitian ICCM staff, visiting schools, finding ICCM-sponsored children, and distributing supplies.

Team A Arrives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  -January 21st, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

Tonight members of the Response Team A arrived Santo Domingo, .

The five persons team includes FMWM’s Director of Mobilization, Area Director for Latin American Ministries, FMCNA’s videographer, a structural engineer, and a long-time FOHO (Friends of Organization) leader. The “A” team will be on the ground in until the Tuesday (26 Jan 10).

Priority will be given to:

  • evaluating the structural integrity of the standing schools because they can serve as temporary housing and relief centers.
  • connecting with aid and government distribution points for water, medicine, food and temporary shelter.
  • creating a plan for effective deployment of relief teams.

Bishop Roller Delivers Supplies & Meets With Church Leaders in Haiti

  -January 16th, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

This morning Bishop Roller and others from the relief team traveled to to deliver supplies and meet with church leaders. They met at School 500 where hundred of survivors are huddled in a makeshift relief shelter. For them the trip, meant a lifeline of clean-safe water, food and fuel.

While in the city, a preliminary assessment of damage to International Child Care Ministries schools and churches was conducted while meeting with pastors in the area. Logistical questions were posed and some answered. What is needed? Where does it need to go? How do we get it to the people that need it the most? The questions were posed to those with the best understanding of the situation, those living there.

Below are pictures from the day. Check back later in the day. We will post a video of the days events.

Update on Andy

  -January 14th, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

As of 2:00 pm, Andy is waiting at the border between the and .  They are waiting for approval for all the vehicles.  We will give you more up-to-date news as we receive it.

New Info:

After speaking with Andy, he has informed us that he is at the border and that they have approval for all their vehicles.  They will be crossing the border early tomorrow morning.