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February, 2010:

This week’s update on Food distribution

Chak jou nou bay nan LKM manje ak tout kominote a , moun ki pa vini voye pran manje , se preske 300 moun nou bay manje .
Moun ki vin pran ak moun nou voye manje bay . Anplis moun ki toujou vin chache manje san kuit.
Moun n ap wè la yo se chak yo vin manje ki kuit.
Sauveur Jean Abner

Roots of Development and MCLC met together to begin a discussion on how they might work together to help surrounding communities with food security and housing.

Words from Co-director Abner Sauveur

Abner: Several of us at the Matènwa Community school took it upon ourselves to assemble information. Eligène, Balaguel, Afelene, Abner, Benaja , Robert, Tomann , Ezner, Feronel epi Roseline, began to meet together and go off to gather information in the following communities the second day after the earthquake. These communities all have damaged homes and their populations are suffering from hunger because of the rise in food prices and the rise in the number of mouths to feed.

2-Nan Tè wouj
3- Lotore
4- Mòn Ranmye
5- Plezans
6-Nan Kafè
7-Zèb Ginen
8-Nan Iske
12-Plenn Mapou
14-Nan Mango
15- Fontina
This is important information to diseminate. I think everyone should know that all of Lagonav is in need in some way or another. At our school alone we serve more than 260 students and staff from our school. In addition, we have been serving a hundred people who are not our students.

There are lots of communities that have expressed confidence in us that we will be funneling any assistance you want to send to them through us. We want you to know that
MCLC is ready, able, and eager to help in anyway, for the people of Lagonav, anywhere on the island. Lots of people here have been worried because even if the state has relief resources for Lagonav, it is hard for people who are not living in the port towns to receive it unless grassroots organizations in our mountains are directly implicated in the process.

An empty sack can’t stand up.

Sauveur Jean Abner

Chris: I am confident that we can begin to rebuild sturdier homes. The homes we built after the 2008 hurricanes have no structural damage aside from some superficial cracks. With an average of $1200 per home we can rebuild and reinforce the homes that are now unsafe and crumbling. We are feeding who we can, but people need cash for work jobs. We want to start providing cash so these families can help themselves. Please assist in whatever way you can.

Assessment of Commune Ansagale

These photos were takne by Abner. These are only two examples of homes damaged by the earthquake in the small village of Plezans. Homes are desperately in need of repair for soon the rainy season will come with wind and rain.

Official Assessment by Concern World Wide:
The vice-delege, Esper Feno, and the Red Cross President, Estirerne Felolet, both confirmed the following numbers for the commune of Anse-a-Galets (north-eastern part of the island).

Ø Houses damaged: 4,649
Ø Houses destroyed: 1,312
Ø People injured: 98 (this includes Lagonavians living in PaP)
Ø People dead: 107 (these were Lagonavians living in PaP)
Ø People relocated: 8,862

No figures from the Pointe-a-Raquette commune were available yet. However, it was felt that the same numbers would be applicable to this commune. If this is the case, we’d be looking at some 12-16,000 displaced on La Gonave. Compared to the total number of inhabitants, this could be an increase of 15-20%, which is significant.

Today at 3.00pm there was going to be a PLATFORM meeting on the island. All development actors working on LG are members of this platform. Info was going to be shared and an attempt was going to be made to work up a collective response.

The U.S. Army had landed in the Wesleyan Hospital since 25 Jan 2010 and was treating the patients there with their medical team. They’d also organised a small distribution of dry food stuffs. This was announced, and according to beneficiaries quite chaotic. There’s talk of scarcity of food stuffs and inflation. For example: cooking oil +33%, rice and beans +50-75%.

According to the mayors and the Red Cross the greatest needs are currently:

Psycho social support
Medical treatment and medicines