HI provides logistical support to deliver humanitarian aid
Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has mobilized its teams to help the victims of the August 14th earthquake. The organization has already transported tons of material to support the most affected families.
HI staff loading crutches and wheelchairs in the port at Les Cayes, Haiti 2021 | © R.CREWS/HI
Caring for the injured
The earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 claimed several thousand lives. It is still affecting tens of thousands of families, including those who are injured, who have lost their homes or their livelihoods. HI is working with a Haitian partner organization, FONTEN, to support two hospitals and a rehabilitation center in caring for those injured by the earthquake.
Delivering humanitarian aid
The HI teams rely on their experience of disasters and expertise in logistics to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, by taking care of freight transportation from storage to the affected areas in the South. HI has thus responded to the requests of around 30 organizations such as Solidarités International, the World Health Organization, Care, and Acted. The organization mobilizes local transporters in order to mutualize transportation of humanitarian aid. Considering the difficulties facing road access, HI is prioritizing the use of boats to send goods. HI also offers the use of a warehouse for storage of goods until they can be distributed.
Transporting by boat
Since August 14th, HI has transported, or is in the process of transporting, 420 tons of goods including: mobility devices, medicine, medical supplies, fuel, food (rice) and water.
"It is an essential component of our activity,” underlines Emilie Boyer, in charge of the coordination of the response to the Haiti emergency, for HI. “Since some organizations are not able to organize the transport of materials, they can rely on our teams. In the end, this allows us to reach affected people, even when they are in areas that are not very accessible."