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Photos: How relief kits and comforters get to where they're most needed

Photos: How relief kits and comforters get to where they're most needed

Material resources being unloaded at the MCC office in Port-au-Prince. MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

Material resources being unloaded at the MCC office in Port-au-Prince. MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

MCC Haiti pre-positions material aid at our Port-au-Prince office so we can respond quickly and efficiently when disaster strikes. In September of 2018, in preparation for the hurricane season, which peaks in the fall, we received a container a container from MCC containing relief kits, comforters, and canned meat. After the container was unloaded, all the materials were stored in a shed on the grounds of the MCC office in Port-au-Prince.

MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

MCC Photo/Madeline Kreider Carlson

On October 6th, 2018, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck near a joint MCC-Church World Service project in the commune of Jean Rabel, in northern Haiti. As soon as a relief project was approved, we loaded a brightly-painted truck with relief kits, comforters, and water treatment tabs, and set off on the ten-hour drive to Jean Rabel. The drive isn’t easy; the pavement stops after Gonaives, roughly four hours away from Port-au-Prince, and gets progressively worse after that.

The truck containing relief buckets and comforters on the way to Jean Rabel. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

The truck containing relief buckets and comforters on the way to Jean Rabel. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

The October 6th earthquake struck near the city of Port-de Paix, about 50 km from where relief distributions took place. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

The October 6th earthquake struck near the city of Port-de Paix, about 50 km from where relief distributions took place. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

One final hurdle before getting into Jean Rabel! MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

One final hurdle before getting into Jean Rabel! MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Storing and counting relief buckets at the offices of Church World Service partner AGEHPMDNG. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Storing and counting relief buckets at the offices of Church World Service partner AGEHPMDNG. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Once we arrived, the relief kits were counted and stored until the next morning, when staff of CWS and their local partner, AGEHPMDNG (Association of Evangelical Groups of Haiti for Preaching and the Development of a New Generation by its initials in French), in Jean Rabel started the distribution. MCC staff stayed at the first distribution, in a community called Bingo, long enough to make sure everything was going smoothly, and then packed up to start the long trip back to Port-au-Prince.

Thank you to our donors who make effective disaster response possible!

Residents of Bingo help unload relief buckets from the MCC pickup. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Residents of Bingo help unload relief buckets from the MCC pickup. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

MCC logistics manager Herve Alcinna prepares relief buckets for distribution. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

MCC logistics manager Herve Alcinna prepares relief buckets for distribution. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Even in a hot climate like Haiti, comforters can be tremendously useful, providing a soft surface to sleep on if mattresses or other blankets have gotten damp as a result of damaged roofs or walls. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Even in a hot climate like Haiti, comforters can be tremendously useful, providing a soft surface to sleep on if mattresses or other blankets have gotten damp as a result of damaged roofs or walls. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Residents of Bingo watch and help out with the relief distribution. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Residents of Bingo watch and help out with the relief distribution. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Fanus Premilus received a relief bucket, comforter, and water treatment tablets as part the relief distribution in Bingo. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Fanus Premilus received a relief bucket, comforter, and water treatment tablets as part the relief distribution in Bingo. MCC Photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

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