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Today is the American Refugee Committee (www.arcrelief.org/):

…On the border we are working with a clinic that has been flooded by between 300 and 500 wounded and their families. There are estimated to be 2,000 people in total. To give you an idea of the scale of need, this small clinic has conducted more than 60 amputations in just the last two days. Today, we are working to support the clinic by delivering very basic supplies that they need such as sheets, chlorine, and other cleaning supplies. At the same time, we are working to provide the 2,000 displaced with a safe, temporary place to sleep and recover.

In Port-au-Prince, most of the main roads have now been cleared and cell networks and internet are beginning to return. But there is still very little electricity in the city. Despite the incredibly challenging conditions, the relief effort is vigorous….

In Port-au-Prince our response is:

  • Immediate Distribution of Relief Supplies: We will support the work of local NGOs to distribute relief items immediately. Local Haitian NGOs have been developing a system to access people in an orderly and equitable way. We are partnering with them to identify community leaders; produce informational materials in Creole; train community leaders on registration and reception of aid; and link the UN, US government and other actors with these communities.
  • Working with Local NGOs: Work with local NGOs to import (1) medical supplies to distribute to community clinics and (2) plastic sheeting to distribute to displaced communities in several locations throughout the city. This will also provide some employment to Haitians.
  • Reconstruction: We also plan to work with local Haitians to rebuild structures destroyed in the quake. During our efforts in the wake of the Pakistan earthquake, we were able to develop pioneering technology in building reconstruction, which entailed building seismic-resistant 3-story structures. This building technology could be taught to local people.