Operation Compassion Responds to Haitian Earthquake Victims

By , January 13, 2010

Late Tuesday afternoon a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck 10 miles southwest of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The destruction is massive and buildings, homes, hospitals and many other structures have collapsed. The human toll is unknown as scores of injured seek medical help. Rescuers continue to search for trapped victims as screams, groans and cries for help could be heard throughout the night.

Helpless: An injured child receives medical treatment in Port-au-Prince

Helpless: An injured child receives medical treatment in Port-au-Prince

During the past five years, Operation Compassion has averaged sending more than 10 – 40 ft containers a month with relief goods to Haiti. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and poorest in the western hemisphere with 80% of the population living below poverty standards and 50% unemployment.

Haiti has been in virtual disaster mode for several years due to civil unrest, multiple hurricane and tropical storm hits.

With Operation Compassion’s continual shipping of goods and supplies into Haiti, more than 20 containers are arriving this week and during the next several weeks, disaster relief distribution can begin immediately and survivors can start piecing their lives together.

Collapse: Much the Haiti National Palace was destroyed in the massive earthquake

Collapse: Much the Haiti National Palace was destroyed in the massive earthquake

Last night, four of our key Haitian partners contacted us regarding our response. These partners are experienced with Haitian disaster relief and have warehouses, trucks, hospitals and employees on site.

Shock: Stunned Haitians walk past damaged building in Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the quake

Shock: Stunned Haitians walk past damaged building in Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the quake

“We are planning a massive relief effort for Haiti and will be sending large quantities of containers for a long time,” according to David Lorency, president of Operation Compassion.

First aid: Residents carry an injured man through the streets of Port-au-Prince

First aid: Residents carry an injured man through the streets of Port-au-Prince

You can help the victims of Haiti in one of three ways:

To use your credit card: www.operationcompassion.org look for the “givedirect” button.
Call us at 423.728.3932
To send a check or money order:
write us at the address below.

Church of God World Missions #7900505

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President
Tim Burdashaw, Int’l. Operations Coordinator
Lisa Boen, Int’l. Logistics Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

www.operationcompassion.org

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