Generous Australians Buoy Haiti Relief Efforts.

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January 19, 2010.

Generous Australians buoy Haiti relief efforts.

Caritas aid is being delivered in Port-au-Prince, as more than 5,000 people have already

been assisted with aid including medical care, food, clean water and hygiene kits. In the

coming weeks the Caritas response is planning to assist a further 50,000 as the aid

response swings into high gear. 

In a massive show of solidarity, Caritas organisations from around the world have sent

200,000 blankets, 15,000 tents, water cans and purification tablets, as well as food, water

and hygiene kits. Twenty trucks of aid arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sunday as part of relief

efforts from Caritas members which are set to top $30 million.

Caritas has set up two mobile operating theatres with pre and post operative care and

provided medicines and fuel. Six mobile clinics will soon be operational. As late as

Saturday three people were pulled from the rubble by rescue teams.

An emergency clinic is being flown in from Holland, with personnel including a surgeon, six

technical staff for installing water purifying installations and seven water purifying


Thirty-four tonnes of aid will be flown into Haiti from Germany on Tuesday. Half will given

out in Port-au-Prince and the other half will be distributed closer to the epicentre, in the

south of the countr, yet to receive significant aid supplies. A ship with 80 containers of food

has also arrived. 

“The real strength of Caritas is its network of parishes that gives us direct contact with

communities and a point from which we can provide help”, said Alistair Dutton,

Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, who is leading the coordination of the

international Caritas response from Port-au-Prince. 

Jack de Groot CEO of Caritas Australia said, though the situation on the ground remains

extremely desperate; the response of the Australian public has been incredible. Our staff

on the ground are being overwhelmed with demand for basic necessities and medical

treatment and our local partners are working around the clock to deliver relief.

“Australians must be congratulated for their support for the people of Haiti in their darkest

hour of need.. Caritas Australia has raised over $400,000 so far. This is an incredible

show of solidarity and a great morale booster for our people on the ground. 

“The extent of the disaster is still unfolding yet it is already clear it will take years to rebuild.

All the support the Australian public has given us will be used to assist the people of Haiti

in the short, medium and long term, recover from this tragedy”, said Mr de Groot.

You can support the Caritas Australia Haiti Emergency Relief Appeal by

More information Tim O’Connor 02) 8306 3400 or 0417 284 831

The Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development

28-32 O’Riordan St, Alexandria, NSW, Australia, 2015 Toll Free 1800 024 413 Facsimile 1800 887 895

Email Website ABN 90 970 605 069

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