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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Sends $209 Thousand

The Presbyterian News Service reports that the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has sent $209,000 to Haiti and hopes to raise $500,000.
With the death toll from the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti mounting and chaos threatening in the capital city of Port au Prince because of fractured infrastructure that is making relief efforts difficult at best, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has staff on the ground in Haiti and has already issued $209,000 to provide immediate emergency support to earthquake survivors, including food, water, sanitation equipment, and supplies....

....Immediate funds are being used to help with basic humanitarian relief efforts of providing temporary shelter, food and health assistance. Funds are also being used to provide water and sanitation engineers, and equipment to construct water purification systems. Resources for building latrines are also being provided, as the sanitation situation is critical.

PDA continues to receive Haiti earthquake relief and recovery donations, which can be made online, by phone or by mail:

  • PDA Web site
  • (800) 872-3283, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) weekdays
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
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  1. One thing I keep hearing is that relief efforts are being stymied by the "fear of violence" - not violence, just the fear of it. Even US troops are hesitant to go in earnest with relief efforts, equipment, food, etc. However, based on what people on the ground there are saying, there is little or no violence. The looting that seems to get front page news is no more than desperate people trying to survive.

    We need to urge our government and ALL relief agencies to not give in to the fear of "what ifs". The "What is's" are a far greater threat to the people who are there right now.

  2. "Fear of violence?" For teh sake of baby jeebus we have 12,000 troops over there now. The US is occupying the place! Who is going to do any violence to them, hungry people covered with rubble?

    Medicine, doctors, generators, food, water--that is what is needed.