(News Release, Thursday, January 14, 2010): Following recent news of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and caused widespread death and destruction, Food For The Poor Jamaica (FFP) is already offering logistical and technical support to assist in the relief efforts from Jamaica.
“In the first instance, we’ll be sending generators with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) vessels that will be going into Haiti today with a team from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). Jamaica will serve as a co-ordinating centre for many international aid responses including donations from CARICOM. This team will therefore be able to make a proper assessment of the damage in the country and the extent of the needs,” explained CEO of Food For The Poor Jamaica, Mr. Ryan Peralto.
Thousands of homes were completely destroyed as a result of the earthquake so much of FFP’s assistance will be directed toward rebuilding houses for those who were affected.
FFP has been advised that the most immediate need is cash. The charity is therefore opening special bank accounts with National Commercial bank (NCB) and Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) where persons can make direct financial donations. The NCB account number is 471043885. The public will be advised of the account number for BNS as soon as it is finalized.
FFP has also been advised that due to the damage caused at the port, Haiti is not yet able to accept container-load shipments. The charity is however working with local food and clothing distributors to secure supplies and prepare containers for shipment as soon as possible. FFP Inc. will also be sending some 400 containers of rice, beans, water, blankets, lumber and zinc to the country as soon as the port opens.
Updated information on the situation in Haiti will be provided at the FFP website, http://www.foodforthepoorja.com, to keep Jamaicans updated.
“We continue to pray for the people of Haiti and will continue to respond to the needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters as they embark on the awesome task of rebuilding their lives” said Mr. Peralto.
Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information please visit, http://www.foodforthepoor.org.
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