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Food, water and other relief supplies reached Haiti’s capital city within days of the earthquake. Aid to outlying areas was slower in coming. Lilla Marigza shows us how relief workers are partnering with Haitians to distribute food quickly and make sure it goes where the need is greatest.

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(Locator: Mellier, Haiti)

Eighty miles from Port-au-Prince, members of the Methodist Church in Mellier, Haiti are preparing to feed their neighbors. Oge Celin wants to help.

Oge Celin, Mellier Methodist Church: “I try to comfort people. Most of the people, they’re hungry, they’re suffering now. Because they lost everything they have.”

The United Methodist Committee on Relief trucked in nearly a ton and a half of rice, and 450 pounds of beans for families left homeless by the January 12th quake.

Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR: “Apparently at least a few hundred people in this community, their houses have been entirely destroyed or damaged beyond the point of being safe to stay in. So these people have sort of settled here.”

Melissa Crutchfield with UMCOR talks with families living in tents to assess needs.

Melissa Crutchfield (talking to The Rev. Gesner Paul): “We are counting on enough rice, and beans, and oil, and salt to feed a family of approximately five for about five days.”

Priority is given to the elderly and those with the most mouths to feed.

(Melissa giving a cooking lesson in French)

Many of the 170 families receiving aid belong to the church. But during this time of tragedy, all belong to the family of Haiti and all must work to rebuild.

Oge Celin: “We pray together, God will answer us and then he will give us a good Haiti.”


For updates on UMCOR’s relief mission in Haiti, visit the Web site.

You can support UMCOR’s work in Haiti through the Advance (#418325). 100% of each Advance gift goes to the designated program.

Read more: Haitian church members distribute UMCOR food

Posted: February 10, 2010