CROP Walk Funds Going to Haiti

If you pounded the pavement in DeKalb County’s Sondra King Memorial CROP Walk for Hunger last fall, or sponsored someone who did, your dollars are helping in Haiti right now.

And if you can spare a couple more bucks, donate here.

The following specifics come from a letter to CROP Walk organizers:

++ Because of the ongoing challenges of aid getting into Haiti, CWS has determined that it must focus on making the neighboring Dominican Republic the hub for our response, at least for now.

++ CWS will work in conjunction with our long-term partner in the DR, Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas, known by the acronym SSID, which will receive and purchase material aid in the capital of Santo Domingo and transport the aid into Haiti from the neighboring DR.

++ Partner SSID sent pre-positioned CWS Kits and Blankets from its warehouse in the capital of Santo Domingo to Haiti. CWS plans to send a 40-foot container with CWS Baby Care and Hygiene Kits to the Dominican Republic; the specifics of that shipment will be available next week.

++ Among the likely points of response will be to assist Haitians expected to try to enter the DR and the establishment of a storage and distribution center in the Dominican city of Jimani.

++ Another response will be for SSID and CWS to mobilize NGOs in the DR which focus on childrens’ programs to support equivalent NGOs in Haiti.

++ In Haiti, CWS will assist in the full restoration of operational and programmatic capacity of Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice, a CWS partner. The EFPJ children’s program in Port Au Prince will deliver a range of services to children in Carrefour and La Saline.

++ CWS will help reorganize and expand the network of volunteers trained by Cuban missionaries, from the Cuban Council of Churches, to work with people with disabilities in neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.

++ CWS will assist in restoring the operating capacity of CWS partners Service Chretien d´Haiti and SKDE so they can provide direct services to survivors in of Port-au-Prince.

++ As part of efforts in which CWS, a member of the ACT Alliance, supports the larger ACT effort in Haiti, CWS is exploring partnership program efforts with Christian Aid in ways that take advantage of our respective interests and capacities./blockquote>

[H/T D.K.]