Fondwa Week 4 Update (Feb 8 – 12)

by Allison on February 11, 2010

February 10, 2010
Hi, I’m Allison and I’ve been working in Fondwa since July. I was here during the quake and am going to post weekly updates about the situation in Fondwa.
International Aid: Up until now, Fondwa has been visited by Heart to Heart International who administered medical aid for a day and a group of Cuban doctors who also administered medical aid for one day. We have also received visits from UN OCHA, World Food Program, and Tear Fund who have done assessments. UN OCHA and WFP did rapid assessments (20 minutes) and Tear Fund stayed a week (currently still on the ground). Fondation Feuilles d’Hier, a local grassroots Haitian organization, visited this week to assess two sites to possibly put “child friendly spaces”. We have started clearing out these areas and hope to receive the group on Friday. They will hopefully bring tents, toys, and water for the kids. They will have a day formation for personnel who will work with the children. CARE will visit tomorrow to look at UNIF’s site. There is a possibility that they can provide UNIF with tents so that we can finish the first semester from March 8 – 26.
Grassroots Organizing: While we have yet to receive anything solid on the ground in Fondwa, we are organized to receive when the aid is ready. We have set up a Komite Ijans with 10 members of the community including the elected officials (Kasek), a women’s rep, a youth rep, a university rep, among others. The Komite has covered half of the nine habitations of Fondwa in a census and hopefully will finish the rest shortly.
Current Needs: We still need lots of tents. The first rain since the earthquake came last night and many people were not protected by their “sheet” makeshift homes. We also need to buy seeds. The planting season will approach and families will not have money to buy seeds…if we don’t get this, Fondwa is going to be hurting long term. UNIF is aiming to reopen in March, for the last three weeks of the semester. We need tents for 50 people to sleep in (if CARE can’t provide, these can be bought in PauP for $45 for a three person tent, a large tarp (size 74 x 34 feet), 36 chairs (money can be donated to employ a carpenter), and basic school supplies.
I will send weekly updates. Feel free to contact me at aadepasquale@gmail.com for info on donations,

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