For weeks, Haiti has been beset by a humanitarian crisis fueled by civil unrest, gang violence and a spike in COVID-19 infections.
In the post-storm hours of Sunday morning, a convoy of ten 40-foot tractor tractors and two auxiliary trucks pulled out of the Food For The Poor-Haiti compound in Port-au-Prince at 6:30 a.m.
Their mission, thoughtfully and courageously planned over the previous days, was to deliver lifesaving supplies to four empty distribution centers in the southern part of the country.
The first container and two trucks arrived safely in Léogâne, Haiti, at 9:55 a.m. The people in that community would have food and other essential goods, thanks to generous donors and brave drivers.
By mid-afternoon, drivers and their goods also had made it safely to Jacmel, Anse-à-Veau and Jeremie.
Bishop Oge Beauvoir, Executive Director of FFTP-Haiti, stood in the charity’s compound with Mario Nicoleau, Chief Operating Officer, and saw the trucks off on their journey.
“By the grace of God, we pray everything will be OK, and people in the south will get enough to eat because for the last four weeks all of our centers for distribution in the south have been empty,” Beauvoir said.
The plan was conceived when the “opportunity” of Hurricane Elsa presented itself. Unable to navigate the dangerous roads for weeks, leaders at FFTP-Haiti began to formulate a plan to move goods as soon as the worst of the storm passed.
“It’s a joy this morning to get this organized to make sure people in the south finally will get something to eat,” Beauvoir said. “Thank you to all of you friends from America, who have been our supporters. You have been our friends and pillars. So thank you and we bless God for this opportunity.”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland