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