“Men anpil chay pa lou. / Many hands make the load lighter.” -Haitian proverb
International Strategic Alliances primarily focuses our efforts on creating enduring solutions to Haiti’s significant problems. But there are those tragic moments when disasters suddenly and catastrophically inflict serious harm on the Haitian people, and we are compelled to respond.
The people of Haiti are all too acquainted with the sudden impact of natural disasters. Their fragile lives have experienced some of this century’s worst. The catastrophic 2010 earthquake was the worst natural disaster in human history. It claimed approximately 250,000 lives and displaced over a million people while destroying the center of government.
When sudden disasters strike, survivors desperately hang on for life-giving relief. Implementing an effective response is time-sensitive but extremely challenging in Haiti due to human and logistical obstacles.
ISA’s first response is to partner with local Haitian organizations that have a working knowledge of the region and the means to bring relief directly to the sufferers. Secondly, we partner with a US disaster response organization that is capable and experienced in collecting and delivering large amounts of emergency supplies.
JUST HAVE FAITH MINISTRIES (JHFM)
One of ISA’s strategic alliance partners is Just Have Faith Ministries (JHFM), based in Port-au-Prince. JHFM is a recognized NGO with Haiti’s government that is sharing the way of faith with words, actions, and lifestyle. During Hurricane Matthew, their team assembled relief kits and set out on the back roads in search of neglected villages overlooked by other aid organizations. The JHFM Relief Team faced numerous challenges as they make their way through and around perilous obstacles such as falling rocks, pouring rain, and swollen rivers. On one Sunday morning, they discovered an isolated village with 250 people living in vulnerable conditions. They had been without food, clean water, and adequate shelter for several days. The team spent the day distributing their relief kits and ministering to other needs, with tremendous appreciation from the sufferers.
CHRISTIAN DISASTER RESPONSE (CDR)
Christian Disaster Response is led by our friend Dr. Ron Patterson. Based in Auburndale, Florida, CDR provides disaster assistance with initial on-site disaster assessment programs, delivery of in-kind disaster recovery supplies, emergency mobile food services, and advocacy for disaster victims.
When disasters occur, we will post information and appropriate responses on this website and to our Facebook page.
2010 EARTHQUAKE: ISA’S RECORD
When the 2010 earthquake destroyed Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, ISA was contracted by a large international humanitarian aid agency because of our expertise in logistical and tactical support and because of our on-the-ground knowledge of the country. ISA staff members David Michel, Keryl Morgan, and Michael VanHook arrived in the earthquake zone a few days after the disaster in order to provide an assessment of the situation. They performed their task but also carried out other acts of humanitarian aid in the process.
Later, David and Michael continued for a year-and-a-half providing compassionate aid and support to the victims. Every dollar received by ISA for earthquake relief was immediately distributed directly to sufferers of the earthquake. We also continued to provide assistance to medical missions and the distribution of a micro-nutrient supplement to over 6,000 children.
We are humbled and honored to have been a part of this mammoth effort at this moment in human history.
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