Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 25, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Three months after the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, Counterpart International (Counterpart) continues to provide aid to displaced Haitians. In response to the disaster, Counterpart has shipped 15 forty-foot containers valued at nearly $1 million. These containers include commodities such as rice, beans, dehydrated soup mix, tarps, hygiene kits, kitchen supplies and compact, pre-packed family buckets (including first aid and hygiene supplies).
“With such high levels of destruction, these items will make an immediate difference in the quality of life of displaced Haitians. We are most pleased that our extensive experience in commodities delivery and logistics and our vast network of partners has allowed us to provide much needed relief in this desperate situation,” says Rang Hee Kim, Senior Director of Counterpart’s Community and Humanitarian Assistance Programs (CHAP).
Even before the earthquake, Haiti faced extreme poverty and high rates of malnutrition. Now, even more Haitians find themselves without food, jobs or homes. With such widespread devastation and destruction, continued support is vital to the recovery of the entire country. Counterpart’s humanitarian aid shipments continue to help thousands of displaced families, including orphans, survive while they begin to rebuild their lives.
The first container arrived in Haiti approximately one month after the January 12th earthquake. Seven containers, valued at $480,980, have already been delivered and distributed. Six additional containers are in transit valued at $438,149, and 2 containers valued at $94,250 are scheduled to load this week.
The containers have been distributed in Gonaives, a port city located to the Northwest of Port-au-Prince, as well as the surrounding areas of Port-au-Prince including Croix-des-Bouquets and Titanyen.
In these relief efforts, Counterpart has teamed with several partner organizations in the U.S. including the Judsonia Church of Christ in Arkansas, Columbus Church of Christ in Mississippi and Global Aid Network in Dallas, Texas. Counterpart has also teamed with several organizations in Haiti, to ensure these shipments are properly and effectively distributed: Hope for Haiti’s Children, Mission of Hope and Haitian Christian Development Project.
Since 1994, Counterpart International has acquired, delivered and tracked over $1 billion worth of humanitarian aid to 57 countries. Counterpart has shipped over 6,000 containers worldwide, relying on its network of over 45 dedicated public and private donors to supply a variety of humanitarian assistance to its projects overseas.
Counterpart International works in partnership with local communities and organizations to respond to a world in need. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse they center on three, interrelated areas of focus: economic development, nutrition and food security, and effective governance and institutions. Over its 45 years Counterpart has developed a diverse set of capabilities designed to tackle these challenges. Now, operating in 25 countries around the world, Counterpart works every day to empower vulnerable people to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Learn more at www.counterpart.org.