- January 2010 Earthquake
Following the earthquake of January 12th, 2010, a primary concern for Aid International, Inc. was the status of the kids in the orphanages and families in the various communities affected by the earthquake. After two days, Aid International was able to get in touch with the homes in Jacmel, which opened the communication channels between those in need in Jacmel and those abroad and able to help.The influx of immediate response workers and supplies into Haiti’s national airport caused an extreme bottleneck and all commercial flights were suspended. Media networks had constant updates of death tolls, collapsed buildings and roads, and strong aftershocks. With the assistance of Sebastian Velez, an assistant resident dean at Harvard’s Kirkland House, and the Dominican Republic Navy, a truck full of food and supplies was delivered to the orphanages in Jacmel. Mr. Velez also helped Marlaine Alix, the founder of Aid International, Inc. arrange several more gunboat trips from Pedernales, DR to the port of Jacmel, Haiti.As a result of the generosity of groups and individuals in the US and Canada, Aid International, Inc. was able to bring in over 50,000 LBS of food, tents, and other supplies to be distributed in severely affected communities that were not getting help.
A temporary feeding program was put in place for the community of Meyer, Jacmel providing 3 cooked meals at the main compound of Faith & Love Orphanages.2-6 weeks of food and supplies were distributed in communities of Jacmel, Les Cayes, and Carrefour. In Jacmel, medicine, first aid kits, and baby formula were donated regularly to the State Hospital.TentTents were also donated to some families living on streets, as well as to local schools and orphanages that had been forced to move outside. With the help of some FL partners, Aid International has been able to provide some semi-permanent and permanent shelters to homeless families and orphans in Jacmel.
- Additional Relief Efforts
During hurricane seasons, houses, schools, churches and other infrastructures are ravaged and left in ruins. Aid International brings in volunteers from the US and Canada to both repair damaged buildings and build new structures.The Faith & Love in Action Girl’s Home was particularly damaged by the 2009 hurricanes: the first level was completely flooded and half the foundation was swept away by the raging waters. Since then, a retainer wall has been built behind the Home to prevent future flooding or damage.