Haiti Relief Efforts
After returning from relief efforts in Haiti, I decided that it was time for M.A.D.E. to do its part. We realized the magnitude of the death and suffering that have occurred as a result of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Haiti's government, infrastructure, and citizens in January 2010. It was the desire of M.A.D.E. to do its part by supporting Haiti Relief efforts and by seeking food, clothing, water and monetary contributions to be used in our relief efforts.
I was fortunate enough to attend a Town Hall meeting with both His Excellency Raymond Joseph, Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. and U.S. Congressman Al Green. I shared my recent Haiti experience, to include voicing my concerns about the implications of the rainy season and how that would affect the health and welfare of citizens in and around Port Au Prince. I suggested that there be an urgent push for mass vaccinations. Other concerns of mine were:
1) Due to the rainy season find a way to efficiently and temporarily relocate citizens from the mountainous areas and the surrounding areas whose terrain has been affected.
2) Have neighborhood community leaders assist first responders by becoming the conduits for relief efforts. This will address the issue of safety and will allow for more resources getting to those who need it.
3) Assemble a team of individuals committed to assisting Haiti's government plan, test, and implement an emergency preparedness plan. I volunteered to assist in this endeavor.
M.A.D.E. has worked closely with the local Haitian Community. However, there was still a need for clothing, water, food, etc.
Therefore in November 2011, we sponsored 100 school children of the City of Croix des Bouquets, Haiti's Ecole Shalom des Frere.
M.A.D.E. anticipates an independent follow on visit to Haiti to visit the cities of Croix des Bouquets and Jacmel.