Cincinnati, OH, January 14, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Much Progress Made, Much More To Do
Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Cincinnati, OH continues to support recovery and rebuilding in Haiti five years after a devastating earthquake destroyed much of the capital of Port-au-Prince.
On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing as many as 300,000 people and displacing close to 1.5 million. Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere prior to the earthquake. In the aftermath of this devastating disaster, World Bank indicates that more than 6 million of approximately 10.4 million inhabitants live below the poverty line of $2.44 per day. Haiti's economy is essentially a survival one. The informal sector provides the only work opportunities available for most urban Haitians. The informal sector encompasses almost every area of economic activity from street selling and garbage recycling to tap-tap driving and handicraft manufacturing. Almost all this activity is unregulated, and workers have no rights or security. Language barriers and high educational costs continue to segment Haitian society into a small sector of “haves” and an overwhelmingly large sector of “have nots.”
Matthew 25: Ministries responded quickly and comprehensively and has continued to work with Haitian organizations to improve the conditions and prospects of the Haitian people. Although Matthew 25 had been shipping containers of supplies to Haiti since 1997, the severity of the disaster impelled Matthew 25 to increase the types of support provided. Matthew 25 has shipped 400 forty-foot containers of disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti since 2010. Matthew 25’s first medical mission team departed for Haiti within weeks of the disaster, and medical mission teams have continued to make yearly visits to Haiti, treating 750 – 1000 people on each trip.
In addition to regular shipments of supplies, which are the core of Matthew 25’s mission, Matthew 25 has continued to develop sustainable projects and programs that will help with long term recovery. Matthew 25 has funded a community development project in Haiti, assisting with the relocation of disaster victims; has invested in the rehabilitation and upgrade of a large orphanage serving approximately 175 boys and girls; the construction of a school serving 275 children, as well as developing micro-enterprise and educational enrichment programs that help prepare young people to successfully enter the workplace. Matthew 25: Ministries continues to explore additional opportunities to provide sustainable assistance and lifestyle improvements to the Haitian people through the development of the next generation of Haitian leaders.
“The aftermath of this disaster was terrible,” says Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey. “The capital city was devastated, nearly every person lost at least one family member to the earthquake. The orphanages were overflowing, the tent cities went on for miles. Much has been done to aid the recovery but there is still so much more to do. Matthew 25 is committed not just to restoring what was there before, but to improving the prospects and quality of life for the Haitian people on a long-term basis.”
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/m25m/, Instagram http://instagram.com/m25m_org and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org.
About Matthew 25: Ministries: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 16,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 is highly-ranked on Forbes' list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of more than 2,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the "Wise Giving Alliance Standards". For more information, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.