Stories from the Field -- From Haiti
Feb 10 2010
Three Updates: Reflections and Reports
We continue to receive reports from friends and acquaintances and partners who are still in the field in Haiti. We want to share three of those stories today.
January 25, 2010
Invisible Lives, a documentary scheduled to air worldwide January 26 at 20:30 GMT on BBC World, will be featuring the work of Save the Children. In the documentary, Dr. Joy Lawn, a newborn health expert with Save the Children, travels to Nepal and Malawi to examine how these two countries, although worlds apart, are making progress in saving newborn lives. The documentary explores how these low-income countries are among the few on track to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 years of age by 2/3 by 2015 despite a myriad of obstacles.
Those who have satellite television or special cable may have access to the program on the BBC World Channel. If you don't, there will be a free download to the video of the program on and after 26th January at www.rockhopper.tv
January 21, 2010
This is the latest update sent by USAID-DCHA to be released to the public.
At 0603 hours local time, a magnitude 5.9 aftershock occurred 35 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, with the epicenter located near Petit Goâve town, Ouest Department, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 94,000 people experienced very strong shaking during the aftershock; however, the extent of the damages and injures currently remain unclear. According to the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART), U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams are deploying to aftershock-affected areas, including Petit Goâve and Léogâne towns, to assess potential damages.
Following the aftershock, U.S. USAR teams began resurveying buildings to identify potential new open spaces created by the aftershock where survivors may be trapped and monitor building shifts.
On January 20, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) contributed an additional $20 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Emergency Operation for Haiti, increasing USAID/FFP's overall contribution to $68 million to date. At present, expedited commodity purchases are being organized.
January 20, 2010
As of today, we have donated the funds raised from the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund to three different beneficiaries: Baptist Haiti Mission, Samaritan's Purse, and Save the Children totaling $35,000.
For more about these organizations, see our Beneficiaries page.
Thank you for your generous support.
January 20, 2010
We will have an Image Gallery of Haiti Photos up in the next couple of days on our own website.
Until then, we invite you to view the following to sets of Images on the BillFrist.com website. Click on the links below:
I. Arrival, Traveling through Port Au Prince, Picking up Supplies