‘We serve up to 75, 000 children every year in this area,’ says Robin. ‘After the hurricane, most of our families lost all or part of their homes. Many lost everything they owned and didn’t have so much as a blanket or clean clothes for their children. There was an urgent need for tarpaulins, food and clothing.
‘We saw a large increase in both typhoid and cholera, so there was also a need to supply people with intravenous fluids, antibiotics and ointments to treat those conditions immediately.’
The needs of others
‘Most roads were very difficult to get through, leaving us no way to move these essential supplies quickly. ‘I contacted MAF and asked if there was any way they could help. It was wonderful when they said they could fly us, the food and the medicines that same day. Once we landed, aid was provided to many communities that had yet to receive any kind of support.
‘MAF is really one of the only organisations that operates consistently in Haiti. Their pilots are always willing to move people and cargo, and we’re very appreciative that they are so willing to respond to the needs of others.’
Amid the Chaos
Additional staff and an extra aircraft were mobilised to help in Haiti. The Kodiak aircraft carried an inflatable satellite Internet system, which helps aid workers to co-ordinate their efforts amid the chaos of a hurricane-battered communications system.
Much of MAF’s initial contribution to relief efforts is in the form of survey flights. These enable our partner organisations to assess the most critical needs of devastated communities and decide how best to meet them.
According to John Woodberry, Disaster Response and Security Manager, the disaster response phase is over and Haiti work is transitioning back to normal, which is still extremely busy.
Disaster Response Work from October 5th – December 11th, 2016.
• 354.9 aircraft flight hours
• 25,839 kg of cargo delivered
• 1,086 people flown
• 409 disaster response flights (in addition to ongoing regular flights)
• 78 organisations flown
Please continue to pray for:
• Food, water and shelter to reach the thousands made homeless.
• God’s comfort to reach those mourning the loss of loved ones.
• MAF to glorify God as we serve Him in a country gripped by spiritual darkness, material poverty and natural disaster.
Story by Richard Chambers