Dr. Jack Allison (Malawi 1967-69) is back from Haiti, but the Malawi Contingent of RPCVs and Peace Corps Staff continue their work in-country. Dr. Tom Powers (Malawi 1967-69) and Andrew Oerke (PC Staff: Tanzania, Uganda, CD Malawi, CD Jamaica 1966-71) with Dr. Anitra Thorhaug are still on the ground. Jack has returned to raise funds for their work.
Over the weekend, Anita wrote me, “Today the United Nations water and food started flowing to a group of more than 500 families in the epicenter village of Gressier where no supplies or medical care had previously occurred since the quake. Dr. Powers, who is assessing medical needs, has recently been in disasters in Central and South America. We have disaster coordinator Livio Valenti on the ground from FAO who was instrumental in mapping groups and getting the food and water flowing. From Dr. Jack Allison I hear, “we literally treated hundreds of Haitians, and undoubtedly saved at least a dozen or more lives because of our cogent interventions. I want to thank so many of you for your palpable s support via calls, letters, e-mails, Facebook, etc. For those who have donated to our project, we than you sincerely. For those still wanting to do so, please logon to the Greater Caribbean Energy & Environment Foundation (www.gceef.org). It is a reputable organization with a track record of involvement with development projects in Haiti since 1982. It’s headed up by my former Peace Corps Director in Malawi (Andy Oerke), and his partner Dr. Anitra Thorhaug. The Haitian Government has given our project incredible responsibility and authority to rebuild Greesier, so working from within will be so much more devoid of hassle in a situation fraught with chaos and disarray.”
If you are willing to help, you will definitely be confident that your donation will get to the needy people of Haiti. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andy and/or Anitra directly @ 305.490.0074.
The mailing address is:
1359 SW 22 Terrace
Miami, Fl. 33145
Baby with sepsis being prepared to be moved to the USS Comfort.
Our Team #3 with Jack Allison second from the right in the second row wearing a light gray t-shirt.
Team #3 meets with community members about water and food supplies in Gressier at quake epicenter.