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By: Floodman , 4:55 AM GMT on January 14, 2010
There is no pretty way to put this: the earthquake in Haiti will make all recent disasters in this part of the world pale by comparison, especially in the human toll. We've all seen the initial video and photos; the destruction is unimagninable. We at Portlight provide relief for ignored or under-served victims of disasters of all kinds and the Haitian earthquake will be no exception. Our goal is to provide relief for the disabled survivors of the disaster, though we will turn no one away.
To accomplish our goals we will need all the help we can get from volunteers here and in Haiti and through donations made to Portlight, be they food, medical supplies, clothing or money.
We plan to address this disaster with a three-pronged attack, starting with the most essential needs first:
1. Water Supplies
The earthquake has destroyed what infrastructure was in place before; we have 6 self-contained water treatment/filtration systems that can provide water for 3500 people each daily.
Self-contained water treatment/filtration systems
Self-contained water treatment/filtration system
It costs $1200 each to ship them; we have the funds currently to ship 2 with more donations coming in all the time. We need your help; keep the PayPal button firing at Portlight so that we can get all of these systems shipped and in operation as soon as possible. Our goal is to have these systems operational within a few days so your help is crucial!
2. Durable and Emergency Medical Supplies and Equipment
We have received numerous donations of medical supplies and we have a great deal warehoused; we are currently getting our warehoused goods assembled for transport to Haiti. The first push of this part of the relief will be medical supplies and mechanical goods for the disabled there, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and many other items too numerous to mention here. Again, the goal is to get these materials on the ground and in place within a few days so we will need your help!
3. Establishing, Staffing and Maintaining Shelters/Clinics
Paul Timmons has been in contact with the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur to get some idea as to the extent of the damage and to gauge the need; with most of Port Au Prince in ruins, the need for shelter is paramount. While we have received donations of medical equipment and offers from the Sisters to help in staffing these shelters, we are asking for volunteers to help staff the shelters. This is a long term commitment by Portlight and we ask that only people serious about helping in the shelters volunteer.
Please remember that any donation, no matter how small will help in this time of great need; you can make donations to Portlight at our website:
Or by check (made payable to Portlight Strategies) sent by post to
Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
I will be on the Barometer Bob show on Thursday January 14th at 9PM EST to discuss the Portlight strategy and where we are currently, so tune in!
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