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Haiti Emergency Update 1.14.2010
We are in the process of evaluating the needs of our partners and friends in Haiti in order to best meet their needs. All outreach efforts, training events, festivals have been put on hold as we try to get aid into the area. If you would like to help On The Go provide help in Haiti and around the world you can use the link below to DONATE now. Your gift will be made available immediately. Please pray for Haiti and for On The Go as we seek to minister there.

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INFORMATION GATHERED TO DATE: via Joan Cook

State Department: They used the word "catastrophic and catastrophy" many times. Many and most buildings have collapsed or been affected in some way in and around the city of PAP. Airport tower is flattened. Advising that only authorized personnel to assist in aid travel to Haiti when commercial airlines resume flights. They do not want more people in country that will use up needed supplies that could go to victims, such as food and water. Also, aftershocks could occur and they do not want more non-priority people in country than necessary. Military personnel are being sent to aid with victims and help with security.

Senator Bob Corkers office: Had important details for our team in what to expect in traveling into the area during the crisis time.

Becky Scott about David Heady (missionary friend living right outside of PAP): His description of the city was dismal and full of death. Everything is affected and it is devastating. He had many people come to his base requesting medical attention with broken bones protruding through their skin. He said airport tower was leveled and that an American Airlines plane was in the country at the time of the quake and officials gave it clearance to take off at 6pm last night.

Update from Becky: A private jet will be taking 4 surgeons and medical supplies is ready and waiting to go as soon as they can get in country. Any medical supplies that anyone can get together can be sent to Miami and Agape flights will fly them into country for $1 per pound, again when they can fly in.

American Airlines: Flights cancelled until further notice. They hope to be flying back in country around Jan 22. This will depend on communications at the airport and recommendations from officials in Haiti.

John Vrooman in Les Cayes:Les Cayes felt tremors but seems to be OK otherwise. No electricity.

Jeff Pieper - NGA: shared that NGA member - Gibson Sylvestre spoke with some partners on the ground and the national prison that housed 4000 prisoner was compromised and all the prisoners escaped.

Mike Fisher: Spoke with Pastor Ignace's daughters who have both spoken with their parents via Skype and they say they are ok. Pastor was in the guesthouse when the earthquake hit and as he felt the building tremble he began to call on the name of Jesus. He says some buildings in Ley Cayes have fallen but there isn't a disaster there.

Josh Neese - On The Go: Heard from Ignace last night and he said the family was safe and unharmed.

ON THE GO Keith Cook Team-MWOB-NGA: Tomorrow at 4:00 PM OTG-MWOB-NGA will be having a national conference call with key ministries about pro-active steps we can take together to meet the needs in Haiti. We all want to do what's best for the Country of Haiti and that is why we are opening up this phone discussion to any church or mission leader who wants to join in. Contact On The Go for call in information and to participate.



Fast Facts - Haiti Earthquake

USGS: USGS called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti

The quake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

The 7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants

3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake

The major quake sent 33 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9

The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Program is flying in two planes with emergency food aid.

The Inter-American Development Bank said it was immediately approving a $200,000 grant for emergency aid.

Some 9,000 peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004, including 1,266 Brazilians.

Haiti has no real construction standards.

November 2008: Following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60% of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

Haiti History and Statistics

Discovered by Columbus in 1492.

Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804.

Population of nearly 10 million people.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

80% of the population in Haiti is living under the poverty line.

Most Haitians live on less than $2 a day.

More than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
Haiti is slightly smaller than Maryland.

The Haiti telecommunications infrastructure is among the least developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Haiti's capital is Porte-au-Prince, a coastal city with about 2 million inhabitants.

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