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Introducing some of our team in Haiti

I have just spent the day visiting Concern’s emergency team in the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince. It was a long, hot day – but it was a great day.

I feel very energised and excited about what we have been able to achieve in the past few weeks. I’m also excited to be able to tell you how your support is allowing us to make a real difference here.


We have a great team of more than 250 staff now working in Port-au-Prince. 230 of them are Haitian, and we’re recruiting more every day.

Experience

Heading up the emergency team are some of our most capable and experienced staff members. Here are just a few examples of the people I’m working with.

Per Andersson, our Emergency Engineering Manager, is more experienced in water and sanitation than anyone else I know. Tom Dobbin has being doing food distributions in emergencies in Africa for 20 years. Kate Golden has led Concern’s emergency programmes for the most vulnerable children in Sudan, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ted Shine has worked in every large-scale emergency around the world in the last 10 years. It’s an impressive team, and we need every single one of them because we have a huge job to do.

Basics for survival

There is nothing fancy and nothing small about what we’re doing here. We are simply ensuring that thousands of families have the basics for survival.

We’re already providing clean water and latrines to over 50,000 people. More than 30,000 have received a shelter kit, blankets, jerry cans and a hygiene kit. Thousands of children have been screened for malnutrition. In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing 15,000 children with supplementary food. We are providing education for 30,000 children and seeds, tools and goats for 5,000 farmers.

Water distribution has been a big priority from day one, and Concern is now providing 188,500 litres of clean drinking water to 53,000 people every day!

Challenging areas

The areas where we’re responding now are the same places in which we’ve been working for years: Port-Au-Prince, La Gonave and Saut d’Eau. All of them are tough, remote and deeply poor.

I’m very proud of how we are working and what we are doing, and I’m deeply grateful for the support we receive that allows us to do this and more.