Delivering $20 Million in Aid: Franklin Graham Visits Haiti to Review Critical Relief Efforts
"This is one of the largest disaster responses in the history of Samaritan’s Purse. The situation in Haiti will be dreadful for a long time and we intend to be there." —Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse
Three weeks after a massive earthquake hit Haiti the situation remains dire as people there struggle not only to recover but survive. International relief organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, was on the ground immediately after the tragedy and plans to expand its response to more than $20 million in aid.
Graham, who just returned from projects in India and Sudan, traveled to Haiti last week to review the Samaritan's Purse relief efforts there and assess the best plan for the organization's long-term commitment.
While in Haiti, Graham visited a variety of Samaritan's Purse relief efforts including water and sanitation projects and a food distribution.
Highlights of Samaritan's Purse relief work in Haiti to date include:
- 4 food distributions totaling 166 tons of rice for 40,600 people (supplied by the World Food Programme).
- 8 cargo flights carrying water filtration systems, shelter materials, food and other relief supplies.
- 235-ft chartered ship carrying 400 tons of Samaritan's Purse's supplies and equipment, including heavy machinery for debris removal arrived last week. Another cargo ship is scheduled to deliver more Samaritan's Purse equipment and supplies this weekend. Heavy equipment operators are working to reopen a medical clinic in Cite de Soleil. Samaritan's Purse medical staff will begin work in the clinic next week.
- Since the earthquake, medical personnel with Samaritan's Purse have treated more than 1,500 patients, completed more than 115 surgeries and delivered two babies at the Baptist Haiti Mission Hospital.
- Distributed food to 36 orphanages, many in remote locations that received little to no other assistance.
- Dozens of distributions of non-food items in Cite Soleil, Leogane, and Petit Goave, Pettionville, Grande Groave and other communities in the Port-au-Prince area. Items included: 4,060 rolls of plastic (each roll providing temporary shelter for 5 families), 3,058 hygiene kits and 4,890 blankets.
- 10 water filtration systems have been installed in and around Port-au-Prince. Each system is capable of providing up to 10,000 gallons of clean drinking water daily.
- 121 Samaritan's Purse staff members have worked in Haiti since the quake, with 83 staff currently in Haiti.
Opportunities to support the work of Samaritan's Purse in Haiti:
- Visit www.samaritanspurse.org or call (800) 528-1980
- Text "SP" to 85944 to donate $10
- Photos and video of Franklin Graham's visit to Haiti
- Photos and video of Samaritan's Purse earthquake relief projects in Haiti
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Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse president and CEO
- "This is one of the largest disaster responses in the history of Samaritan's Purse."
- "The situation in Haiti will be dreadful for a long time and we intend to be there."
About Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse is a non-profit organization that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations. Samaritan's Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.