SRT members Tom Newman (UK) and Greg Rogers (UK) travelled to the area last week to ensure the effective distribution of the ShelterBoxes to people in desperate need of emergency shelter.
ShelterBox Head of Operations, John Leach, said: ‘We are continuing to spread our net beyond Port au Prince. Last week a newly arrived two man team comprising Greg Rogers and Tom Newman headed south to Jacmel.
‘They’ve wasted no time in assessing needs and distributing the boxes. Tom, who’s on his first deployment, has been doing a great job of running logistics from Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and now has his chance to get out in the field.’
Aid for more than 80,000 people has now been distributed in Haiti and enough aid for thousands more will start arriving at the end of February.
In Port au Prince, the SRT are continuing to work with a range of partners to ensure ShelterBoxes reach the people most in need.
SRT member Mark Boeck (UK), who is currently heading up the team, said: ‘This operation has differed from other deployments due to the high density of the populace in Port au Prince.
‘The lack of available space to pitch our tents and the scale of the disaster has meant that we’ve had to adapt the way in which we distribute aid. We’ve been working with a large collection of organizations, from small orphanages to large NGOs such as Handicap International and Medecins Sans Frontieres as well as the US military, whilst continuing our excellent partnership with the Miami University Field Hospital.’
SRT member Dave Ray (UK) added: ‘I’ve been liasing with ELIN Relief Association (IRE) to build a camp of 74 ShelterBox tents in the Tabarre area. Chaplain Christy Smith told me that a week ago there was a great feeling of resentment and anger within the camp. ‘But now, thanks to ShelterBox, these people have found hope.’
One of the residents in this camp, Janine Cazdeu, told the SRT that she was ‘very glad’ to receive a ShelterBox tent as now her baby does not have to sleep under the sky. Fellow resident, Esther Henry, added that now she has a ShelterBox tent, her four-day old baby, Shakira, will be safe.
Head of Operations John Leach has now returned from Port au Prince to ShelterBox HQ in the UK and has praised the work of the teams on the ground, ShelterBox’s volunteers and all the supporters around the world.
‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to all ShelterBox supporters worldwide who have contributed to this massive effort,’ he said. ‘Without the contributions from donors, Rotary Clubs, schools, scouts, groups and individuals around the world and the commitment of our army of volunteers, none of this would be possible.’