Salvation Army to Reopen School in Port-au-Prince Haiti Following Earthquake Children Aged Three to Six Years Old to Receive Security, Food, Water and Medical Assistance
Monday, Jan. 24 at 8AM; Salvation Army Compound, Delmas 2 #18; St. Martin; Port au Prince
What: In a small sign that life will return to normal, more than a week after Haiti's earthquake, The Salvation Army will re-open a school in a temporary site at the organization's compound in Port au Prince. Two of the school's main buildings were destroyed in the earthquake and the people are too terrified to enter those buildings that are still standing. Still, Salvation Army relief workers will provide children aged three to six years old with security, nutrition and medical assistance as needed, in a make-shift school day.
Why: Prior to the earthquake, 1,500 children attended The Salvation Army school, sponsored by Kindernothilfe (KNH), each day. The Salvation Army will offer day-to-day schooling and support for hundreds of children aged three to six years old in the coming weeks.
When: Monday, January 24 at 8 a.m. ET
Where: The Salvation Army
Delmas 2 #18
St. Martin; Port au Prince,Haiti
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The Salvation Army USA National Fact Sheet
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The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest international relief effort since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005
o The United Nations has designated The Salvation Army as the "lead agency" responsible for the care of some 20,000 people made homeless by the earthquake and now living near the Army's main compound at Delmas 2 in Port-au-Prince.
o More than 80,000 pounds of food, water and other emergency supplies were delivered to The Salvation Army compound with the help of United Parcel Service (UPS). (1/23/10)
o In a small sign that life will return to normal, The Salvation Army has re-opened a school for children aged 3 to 6 in a temporary site at the organization's compound in Port-au-Prince.
o 700 Salvation Army officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti have been joined by more than 40 disaster response workers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries,
o The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.
The United Nations has designated The Salvation Army as the "lead agency" responsible for the care of some 20,000 people made homeless by the earthquake
o The survivors have established make-shift tent cities at a soccer stadium and another plaza near The Salvation Army's main compound at Delmas 2 in Port-au-Prince.
o So far, more than 24,000 meal kits, with food sufficient to supply a family with five days of food, have been distributed.
o A 10,000 gallon water purification system is also operational.
o United Nations security personnel have been providing assistance to ensure an efficient and orderly distribution process.
o More than 1,200 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.
o In a small sign that life will return to normal, The Salvation Army has re-opened a school for children aged 3 to 6 in a temporary site at the organization's compound.
More than 80,000 pounds of food, water and other emergency supplies were delivered to The Salvation Army compound with the help of UPS
o The shipment originated from a Salvation Army warehouse in Miami and consists of 20 pallets of food that will provide more than 91,000 meals in addition to water -- packaged in ½ liter bottles and gallon jugs.
o The flight was facilitated through the United Parcel Service (UPS) and, due to the logistical challenges of getting large planes into Haiti directly, entered through Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
o The supplies were then trucked over-land into Port-au-Prince to be distributed by Salvation Army relief teams.
o Small planes containing medical supplies and relief workers have been arriving into Haiti since Friday, January 15.
Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized
o The Salvation Army has raised more than $5.9 million for relief efforts so far.
o Donors can text the word HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army's relief efforts via their phone bill. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, "yes."
o Monetary donations can also be made through:
o www.salvationarmyusa.org and via PayPal
o The Salvation Army
2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
*Please designate "Haiti Earthquake relief" on your check*
o Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel who were affected by the earthquake are now working to assist others in need
o The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.
o For more information about The Salvation Army's activity responding to the disaster in Haiti, please visit http://www.salvationarmyhaiti.org/ or their Facebook pages at http://bit.ly/8AAgWs , http://bit.ly/6T7KHa, and http://bit.ly/6e9aUs.
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