10 results for tag: emergency response


Lessons from the Earthquake: Transitioning from Emergency to Development

January 12, 2015: In Haiti today is a day to mourn, but it is also a day to reflect on what we have learned as a result of the earthquake that destroyed the capital five years ago. At SOIL, the earthquake taught us how to respond quickly and compassionately in the face of acute suffering. It taught us to be flexible and responsive in our programming. Most importantly, it taught us about the fragile balance between serving those in need and creating dependence. In 2010 we watched in gratitude and awe at the outpouring of international support for Haiti. We honor the thousands of volunteers and humanitarians who dedicated their time and energy to ...

New Clear Vision: "Hope and Remembrance"

Re-Posted from www.oursoil.org to New Clear Vision on January 22, 2013 Dear Friends, I am writing this letter at 3:53 pm on January 12, 2013. Three years ago today, Port au Prince was bustling with activity as people spilled into the streets from work and school. Mothers returned home after a long day of working under the hot sun, fathers greeted their children with tired eyes, neighbors shared warm handshakes and laughed away the day’s challenges. One hour later the city collapsed and over 300,000 of these mothers, fathers, children and neighbors were lost in an instant. Last night at the stroke of midnight the hills around our house in Port ...

SOIL On Track to Meet Clinton Global Initiative Commitments

As one of the only organizations providing complete sanitation in Haiti - toilets and treatment - SOIL takes its commitments to increasing sanitation access very seriously. In 2011 we applied, and were accepted, to the Clinton Global Initiative's Haiti Action Network. We have used this forum to publicly state our objectives for increasing sanitation access and to support an international initiative to increase accountability for international organizations in Haiti. Today I'm proud to announce that SOIL successfully achieved their CGI commitment of providing clean and dignified sanitation to 20,000 people living in Port-au-Prince’s IDP camps and ...

Diarrhea Outbeak Has Claimed at Least 50 Lives in the Past 72 hours

News agencies are reporting that an outbreak of diarrhea has claimed at least 50 lives in the past 72 hours in central Haiti along the Artibonite river. Diarrhea, which is a preventable and treatable disease, is inexcusably a major cause of death in developing countries. In Haiti, where the majority of people do not have access to a toilet and those toiletsthat do exist almost always discharge directly into either the street, open water, or underground pits, 12% of children die before age 5 and waterborne illness is the second most prevalent cause, responsible for 16.5% of these deaths. Please help SOIL respond to the continuing sanitation crisis ...

Jounen jèn — Days of remembrance: Letters from Port-au-Prince

Friday February 12, one month after the earthquake, the first day of Jounen jèn, the days of mourning and remembrance, and we walked through the twisted iron and dusty shards of glass of the shattered National Cathedral. As we crossed through the open door and stared down the length of the cathedral it was as though the world had ended and even the wind had disappeared into the silence of the rubble. Just blocks away, in front of the crumbling palace, thousands of people dressed in white were singing songs of grief and praise, but inside the National Cathedral, on this national day of remembrance there was only the sky and the crumpled flowers from ...

Hope Rising from the Ashes — Letters from Port-au-Prince

Driving through the city with the sun beating down and the smoke and dust blurring my vision, I am soaked in sweat and still the goosebumps rise over my skin.  It is as if the souls of those still buried under the rubble are coursing through my veins, reaching for the sun, yearning to be free. I carry them with me as I ride through this broken city, but I can’t let them out, I am so afraid that they will take me with them to a place where I will no longer be able to serve, my mind is numb but my skin is crawling with loss. This morning I returned to Mon Nazar for the third time, the place where Rea Dol’s school SOPUDEP is, the place where I ...

Fear Slows Relief Efforts in PAP

To our dear friends and supporters who have been so present through this difficult time.  I feel like I have a wall of love and protection around me knowing that you are all holding Haiti in your thoughts and prayers. I apologize for not having written for the past few days, it is partly that life here is so hectic and fast paced and partly because I find that writing about the situation brings all my emotions to the surface and brings me to a vulnerable space that can be rather overwhelming.  That said, I so want to be able to share with all of you what we are experiencing and the important difference we have been able to make as a result of your ...

Kouraj Cheri: Update from PAP

This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs de Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into a field hospital.  Since we arrived in Port-au-Prince everyone has told us that you cannot go into the area around the palace because of violence and insecurity.  I was in awe as we walked into downtown, among the flattened buildings, in the shadow of the fallen palace, amongst the swarms of displaced people there was calm and solidarity.  We wound our way through the camp asking for injured people who ...

Earthquake Update

Apologies if these upcoming posts seem unpolished…that is because they are…we barely have time to write and internet is patchy so I will do what I can to get out information but I don’t promise eloquence. Love to you all and know that we are safe and taking precautions. Last night we (myself, Cat Laine, Paul Namphy, Wisnel Jolissaint, Lisius Orel and Baudeler Magloire) arrived in Port-au-Prince just before sunset.  As we came into the city with our truck piled full of water, gas, shovels and food we got a flat tire.  The news reports of looting have been so exaggerated that we were concerned that a mob of people might come take everything ...

SOIL Earthquake Response

I am writing to you tonight with a heavy heart. In one night our world changed in Haiti.  When the earthquake struck I was at the SOIL house in Cap Haitien with a group of students from the University of Miami, Florida International University and Notre Dame.  We were incredibly lucky in Cap-Haitien and although the whole city shook, there was no major damage. As soon as the phones went dead I began to worry about Port-au-Prince.  One of the students had a blackberry and we were able to get the news that the earthquake was very serious and centered around the capital.  With no means of communication in the SOIL house, we walked through the ...