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Update from Haiti


Written by Plant With Purpose on February 5, 2010 in General


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Because of your generosity, we have raised $157,970 to benefit the immediate and long-term needs of the villages we work with who have been affected by the January 12th earthquake.

Our Technical Director, Bob Morikawa, is currently in Haiti and has alerted us to several urgent needs. We are grieved to learn that food is in very short supply and most people are going hungry. Bob reports that “people are receiving just a small taste of food.”

This is partially due to the poor condition of the roads, which are preventing large trucks from carrying food and supplies to the villages. The Floresta-Haiti staff are currently working to rebuild this road and we will keep you updated on this progress.

Thankfully, we have been able to deliver 6,900 kg of rice, and 1,212 liters of cooking oil in the Gran Goave area, which includes the village of Kavanak. However this is a short-term solution, and as the communities swell, some with a 50% increase in population, we are looking to partner with local organizations for long-term solutions.

Another urgent need is getting a soil conservation project up and running. The rainy season starts in just a few weeks and there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done to protect the land and ensure adequate crop yield to meet the increasing food demand in the area.

We continue to ask for your prayers and support during this time. If you are interested in making a donation toward immediate or long-term recovery efforts, please visit our website at www.plantwithpurpose.org. Your support will help feed the hungry and ultimately save lives in Haiti.

Additionally, we will continue to provide updates on our blog: www.plantwithpurpose.blogspot.com.

Thank you for your partnership and your prayers during this time.

Sincerely,

Scott Sabin

Executive Director of Plant With Purpose, formerly known as Floresta USA


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