UMTV: UMCOR Food for Haiti
Food, water and other relief supplies reached Haiti's capital city within days of the 2010 earthquake. Aid to outlying areas was slower in coming. Lilla Marigza shows us how relief workers partnered with Haitians to distribute food quickly to areas where the need was greatest.
(Locator: Mellier, Haiti)
Eighty miles from Port-au-Prince, members of the Methodist Church in Mellier, Haiti are preparing to feed their neighbors. Oge Celin wants to help.
Oge Celin, Mellier Methodist Church: "I try to comfort people. Most of the people, they're hungry, they're suffering now. Because they lost everything they have."
The United Methodist Committee on Relief trucked in nearly a ton and a half of rice, and 450 pounds of beans for families left homeless by the January 12th quake.
Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR: "Apparently at least a few hundred people in this community, their houses have been entirely destroyed or damaged beyond the point of being safe to stay in. So these people have sort of settled here."
Melissa Crutchfield with UMCOR talks with families living in tents to assess needs.
Melissa Crutchfield (talking to The Rev. Gesner Paul): "We are counting on enough rice, and beans, and oil, and salt to feed a family of approximately five for about five days."
Priority is given to the elderly and those with the most mouths to feed.
(Melissa giving a cooking lesson in French)
Many of the 170 families receiving aid belong to the church. But during this time of tragedy, all belong to the family of Haiti and all must work to rebuild.
Oge Celin: "We pray together, God will answer us and then he will give us a good Haiti."
For the latest news and information on UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti, call 800-554-8583.
You can donate online or make checks payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Please indicate Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will go to help the people of Haiti.
Posted: February 10, 2010