Tuesday, January 19, 2010

7 days later







Alexis and are grateful for all your emails over the last week. We haven't responded to many but are grateful for receiving them. Alexis and I have been really busy and have felt a huge urgency to our work. When I'm out on the street so many people are hungry and thirsty. There is still a small amount of food for sale but most people don't have any money to buy food or water. Some of the large camps have water tanks that have been set up by the Red Cross and others. Alexis is busy working for IOM today helping them build a database of IDP camp locations. Everybody else is busy, some with food distributions other's trying to coordinate medical supplies and food shipments and fuel from the Dominican Republic.
Something to remember when sending money is that this is going take Haitians years to rebuild so yes there is an urgent urgent need on the ground right now for basic survival items but in a few months people will need work, help rebuilding, and stronger local agriculture to meet their food needs...
I've visited a ton of IDP camps and a good number of them have had no contact with NGOs but have already formed committees and have organized leadership to control security, build temporary shelters, designate bathroom areas... Some of the these camps are really impressive. It's cool to see this, it's something to remember that even though we're doing emergency relief we also need to be doing development.

6 comments:

Amy Starr said...

Hi Ben and Lexi, I just wanted to tell you I have been fervently praying for you as you continue to be faithful to helping those around you after the earthquake. Please know that many are praying, and I am thankful that I can be helpful through my prayers. May God provide peace and healing and strength to you and the others there!

ianandmonica said...

Amen... We completely agree the need for development is huge Ben. May God continue to use you both in relief and development ways. Love you,
Eon and Mon

Megan said...

I hope you're both ok after the aftershocks this morning. Thanks for your post, Ben - I found what you said about the IDP camps very interesting. It's been neat to hear how the Haitians have been working together to survive. Keep safe as you continue to serve!

Roopster said...

Ben,

Heard my sister got to hear your voice yesterday! So thankful that you and Lexi are doing ok. I'm praying for you two and Haiti!

Lots of love to you and Lexi!

Jen

Joanne said...

Read this verse today and thought of you guys and your MCC team... "We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." ! Thess 1

Lori said...

Hello Ben and Lexi,
We think of you numerous times every day. We lift your name along with the beautiful people of Haiti in prayer daily. Your strength and faith is admired. Please rest when you can and take care of yourself. We love you dearly.
Lori & Terry

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