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2-09-10 Update

By: Floodman, 6:06 PM GMT on February 09, 2010



Portlight and the Liberty Schooner are sponsoring "The Haitian Food Voyage" shipping 10,000 pouunds of rice to Haiti! We need your help; $5 will ship one pound of rice, $50 will ship 10 pounds. We will continue to take donations until we have raised enough money to ship all 10,000 pounds. $50 donations will have their name added to the flag; the flag will remain in Haiti at the Universite Quisqueya as a symbol of your kindness. Please help with this initiative by donating now. Just click the PayPal button and make sure to put "rice" in the memo line of the payment!

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Update on our Efforts in Haiti
February 9, 2010




Portlight in the media:
Portlight was featured on ENews tonight on 2-25; our partners Thomas Hudson and Matthew Levasseur met with Bill Rancic at Port au Prince airport and gave him a tour of some of the camps they visit regularly. Bill came with 1500 pounds of food for distribution, which Thomas and Matthew arranged for. The report can be seen below:



Paul Timmons, head of Portlight, has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News at our Atlanta location for a story that will follow one of our shipments from the Atlanta warehouse to its distribution in Haiti. This story will be aired in several parts this week. When scheduling information is given to us we will post it here.

Paul has additionally been interviewed on WBAI NY, and that interview can be heard here. Paul and Ron were interviewed on KFPA radio's (Berkley, CA) "Pushing Limits", a show dedicated to persons with disabilities on Friday the 5th. The interview can be heard by clicking the play button:
Pushing Limits - Haiti’s Disaster & Oakland’s Disaster Plan - February 5, 2010 at 2:30pm


Click to listen (or download)

On Thursday Ron will be on the Barometer Bob Show, talking about the ongoing situation in Haiti. Archived shows can be heard here. We want to thank Bob Brookens, for all of his help; Bob has been a good friend to Portlight and we are very appreciative of his efforts.


The following are specific updates on ongoing projects:

On site:
The latest shipment arrived at Quisqueya University in Port au Prince on Friday morning; the shipment was unloaded and a portion of the supplies distributed to the St Nicholas Hospital in Sainte-Marc north of Port au Prince. This shipment included wheelchairs, crutches and canes in addition to clinical supplies. It was a busy day at Quisqueya; Susan Eitel, representative of USAID met with Richard this morning and Dr. Amy Nguyen of ACTS World Relief took delivery of DME at the Quisqueya campus.



Portlight Site Coordinator Richard Lumarque and USAID's Susan Eitel on the grounds of Quisqueya



Dr Amy Nguyen of ACTS World Relief



Delivering DME to Hopital St Nicholas


We have several additional shipments queued up for transport, one of which shipped on Saturday; these shipments include the remainder of the donation from H&H Wholesalers. We are hoping to have another shipment out in the next few days.

We are concentrating on distribution for the next few days as storage is currently at a premium at Quisqueya; we are also concentrating on expanding our storage capabilities to allow for larger shipments to be handled, allowing us to help a larger segment of the disabled community.

In the meantime we are identifying ever larger needs in the area around Quisqueya, south into Leogane and Dufort and the area around Jacmel. We are also gaining information about people and institutions in need from Twitter, Facebook and reports from other small organizations we are working with. The list changes from day to day as areas drop off the list and others join; if you have information about hospitals, villages, camps or even individuals in need, please forward that information to
Haiti Needs
so that we can add them to the list. The following are the areas we have identified currently:

•Sister Marie from St Rose de Lima: Medical supplies to treat wounds, Gauzes, bandages, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, etc

•Dr. Colimon: IV Serum and Intracath Hueh. Syringes.

•Dr. Reginal Viala: Orthopedic supplies and surgical tools. Scissors, scaffold,. Stitching needles, sutures etc.

•Dr. Natalie Theard: Cold medicine for kids. Antibiotics (Cotrimox) Stuff for fevers (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) Multi Vitamins. Basically everything for children care. Diapers, Powdered milk Etc

•Haitian Health Foundation Jeremie, needs food, water, medical (clinical) supplies

•Village of Dufort Near Leogane, food water and medical assistance

•Baptist Haiti Mission Near Port-au-Prince, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)

•Double Harvest Hospital Croix des Bouquets, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)

•Pierre Payen Hospital N of Port-au-Prince, Durable Medical Equipment (5 wheelchairs, 25 crutches, 25 walkers, etc)

•Hopital Sacre Couer Milot, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)

•Gran Goave Near Dufort/Leogane, Water and/or water treatment (well has become contaminated)

•Hopital Sacre Couer Milot, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)

•FSIL Nursing School/Hosp Leogane, Food, water and clinical supplies

•Dr. Surena & Surena Port-au-Prince, Clinical supplies


This list will obviously change over the course of the next weeks; we are being made aware of other locations and even individuals in need of assistance and the need is increasing rather than decreasing, making local transportation a high priority.

To that end, we are still working to get a large truck on site as soon as possible; we have identified a number of military transport trucks and are negotiating for the purchase of at least one for Portlight's use in Haiti.
The acquisition of the larger truck will be a uniquely Weather Underground community initiative. We will place WU signage on the truck and we will be able to post photos of it at work in Haiti; the WU truck will be a long term, tangible symbol of the generosity of the WU community. We want to thank Gina Cirio (WaterWitch11) and her husband for their ceaseless efforts in locating a suitable truck for us.

We would also like to take a moment and thank Dr. Jeff Masters and Wunderground for their continued and unwavering support as well as generous donations. Over the years the Wunderground community and Dr. Masters have helped Portlight get our message out and we are truly grateful for all the support and devotion. This community has been the genesis of our efforts and we cannot thank the great people of the WU community enough for all that they have done to make our efforts successful.


We are making significant strides on the ground, but we can't continue doing the work without your help; we have a large number of donations initiatives either ongoing or in the works, but what really helps, in regards to getting these supplies on the ground, is you; your smallest donations are helpful, so give, if you can! The PayPal donation button is the quickest and best way for you, as an individual, to make a difference in this disaster.


Tangible donations:
While we're taking monetary donations through this site, we are also taking donations of tangible materials at our warehouse in Atlanta. Remember, clothing is a secondary issue here; what is most desperately needed is food, durable and clinical medical supplies and other tangibles like tools, outdoor gear, clinical supplies, etc. The address for the Atlanta warehouse is:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
4900 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain GA 30083


Staffing:
While Portlight WILL NOT be placing any staff in Haiti until we can assure their safety, rest assured that we will be staffing shelters in the near future. Anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Haitians with disabilities please email us at Haiti Volunteers



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Update on our efforts in Haiti

By: Floodman, 2:45 AM GMT on February 05, 2010



The Haitian Food Voyage will run until we have taken in enough in donations to cover the cost of the shipping; the flag will remain in Haiti at the Universite Quisqueya as a symbol of your largesse. Please help with this initiative by donating now. Just click the PayPal button and make sure to put "rice" in the memo line of the payment.

Update on our efforts in Haiti
February 4, 2010



Situation Report:
Richard Lumarque, our site coordinator, has now been on the ground in Haiti for six days; He will be submitting a Situation Report weekly. The following are excerpts from this week's report:

I arrived to Port-au-Prince Haiti on Friday, January 29, 2010 by bus from Dominican Republic. Upon my arrival, I immediately conducted a survey of the University Quisqueya campus ground for use as a possible command center from which we can coordinate the storing and dispatching of the supplies delivered from Portlight Strategies. Even though the buildings are totally destroyed, we still have access to a storage room and the campus ground which is approximately 25,800 square meters and one on-site security guard. There is also a water source on the campus. A team of 4 doctors from Slovakia have established 4 tents where they provide basic medical assistance to the people in need. They are limited in their ability to give intensive care.
The following day, I visited the city of Port-au-Prince to have an idea of the extent of the damages. I do not think I can describe in words the devastation I observed. I proceeded to do the same in the cities of Leogane and Jacmel. The damages are similar in severity as what I saw in Port-au-Prince. People are sleeping on the streets on makeshift beds made of cardboard boxes. Some have been given tents but the number of people and families sleeping on the streets far outweighs the number of tents. What used to be public parks have now become tent cities. Some of those tents are made of bed sheets and whatever pieces of plastic one can find. The sanitary conditions are conducive to diseases of epidemic proportions. The portable Johns are not being cleaned up and people are forced to relieve themselves close to the sleeping grounds. They also bathe and eat in the same area.
As preparation for additional assistance from Portlight Strategies to assist the people of Haiti, I have identified 2 sites of approximately 5 acres each that can be used to provide long term shelter for a large amount of people with disabilities, children and homeless families. One has a water well that only needs a pump to become operational; the other has a fence surrounding the property.
There is a very heavy presence of UN and military personnel on the streets but I have not seen them distributing any supplies. I also saw multiple military equipment and trucks on a camp ground close to the airport. I have counted a total of 3 bulldozers on the streets since my arrival. This morning on the way to the University, I saw a backhoe clearing a collapsed building and some civilians removing a decomposed body from that site.

I am now waiting for the arrival of the first shipment of supplies from Portlight to begin distributing them as ordered.

Best Regards,

R. Richard Lumarque

This is not the entire report, but it gives an idea of the situation on the ground; supplies are in short supply and the bigger organizations, including the UN and the larger charitable entities are doing little by way of distribution of supplies, in part because of their requirements; 53% of the adult Haitian population are illiterate and the UN requires paperwork to be filled out before food and other supplies can be given to individuals. We know of at least two instances where the UN pulled out of a distribution site without giving out anything as the people were unable to fill out the required forms causing tensions to rise. It's the smaller organizations like Portlight that are carrying the bulk of the relief efforts and we, the smaller organizations, are vastly under-funded; we survive on the donations and kindness of others.

Portlight in the media:
Paul Timmons, head of Portlight, has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News at our Atlanta location for a story that will follow one of our shipments from the Atlanta warehouse to its distribution in Haiti. This story will be aired in several parts starting late this week. When scheduling information is given to us we will post it here. Paul has additionally been interviewed on WBAI NY, and that interview can be heard here. Paul and Ron will also be on KFPA radio in Berkley, CA at 2pm PST Friday. Tune into KFPA and hear firsthand about Portlight's work in Haiti.


The following are specific updates on ongoing projects:

On site:
The latest shipment is expected to be in the Dominican Republic on Friday. Given the overland route required by the damage in Haiti, we hope to have this shipment in Haiti late in the day on Friday. The delivery and distribution of this shipment will be covered by NBC Nightly News as a part of the aforementioned piece.

We have several additional shipments queued up for transport, including the remainder of the donation from H&H Wholesalers and these will be sent in the next several days; we are investigating a number of additional shipping opportunities that will facilitate quicker lead and delivery times.

Over the last several days we have been aware of several areas through Twitter, Facebook and our people on the ground that are in need of immediate aid; we are working to arrange that aid as best we can, but we are limited in what we do. Again the UN, the Red Cross and other large organizations are slow to recognize these needs so we are trying to take care of them ourselves or find other small organizations that can help. The following are the most pressing situations we're looking at right now. If anyone reading this knows of someone who can help with any of these locations, please email Ron Myers at ron@portlight.org:


� Haitian Health Foundation Jeremie, needs food, water, medical (clinical) supplies
� Village of Dufort Near Leogane, food water and medical assistance
� Baptist Haiti Mission Near Port-au-Prince, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)
� Double Harvest Hospital Croix des Bouquets, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)
� St. Nicolas Hospital (PIH) St. Marc, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)
� Pierre Payen Hospital N of Port-au-Prince, Durable Medical Equipment (5 wheelchairs, 25 crutches, 25 walkers, etc)
� Mission of Hope Port-au-Prince, Durable Medical Equipment (100 pairs of crutches)
� Hopital Sacre Couer Milot, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)
� Gran Goave Near Dufort/Leogane, Water and/or water treatment system as the well has become contaminated
� Hopital Sacre Couer Milot, Durable Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc)
� FSIL Nursing School/Hosp Leogane, Food, water and clinical supplies
� Dr. Surena & Surena Port-au-Prince, Clinical supplies


We are still working to get a large truck on site as soon as possible; we were informed that the deuce and a half would have to sit in customs for some 3 days prior to shipping to clear the title and other paperwork. In the meantime, a smaller truck has been acquired on site to help with transportation of supplies.
The acquisition of the larger truck will be a uniquely Weather Underground community initiative. We will place WU signage on the truck and we will be able to post photos of it at work in Haiti; the WU truck will be a long term, tangible symbol of the generosity of the WU community. We want to thank Gina Cirio (WaterWitch11) and her husband for their ceaseless efforts in locating a suitable truck for us.

We would also like to take a moment and thank Dr. Jeff Masters and Wunderground for their continued and unwavering support as well as generous donations. Over the years the Wunderground community and Dr. Masters have helped Portlight get our message out and we are truly grateful for all the support and devotion. This community has been the genesis of our efforts and we cannot thank the great people of the WU community enough for all that they have done to make our efforts successful.

We also want to thank Bob Brookens, Barometer Bob for all of his help; Bob has been a good friend to Portlight and we are very appreciative of his efforts.


As you can see, we are making significant strides in Haiti but there is so much that MUST be done. We can't do any of this work without your help; we are receiving donations of food and medical supplies (both durable and clinical) but we can't do this without the money it takes to ship the goods that are being donated. We have a large number of donations initiatives either ongoing or in the works, but what really helps, in regards to getting these supplies on the ground, is you; your smallest donations are helpful, so give, if you can! The Paypal donation button is the quickest and best way for you, as an individual, to make a difference in this disaster.


Tangible donations:
While we're taking monetary donations through this site, we are also taking donations of tangible materials at our warehouse in Atlanta. Remember, clothing is a secondary issue here; what is most desperately needed is food, durable and clinical medical supplies and other tangibles like tools, outdoor gear, clinical supplies, etc. The address for the Atlanta warehouse is:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
4900 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain GA 30083


Staffing:
While Portlight WILL NOT be placing any staff in Haiti until we can assure their safety, rest assured that we will be staffing shelters in the near future. Anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Haitians with disabilities please email us at paul@portlight.org

Update on our efforts in Haiti

By: Floodman, 5:41 AM GMT on February 03, 2010


February 2, 2010


Paul Timmons, head of Portlight, has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News at our Atlanta location for a story that will follow one of our shipments from the Atlanta warehouse to its distribution in Haiti. This story will be aired in several parts starting late this week. When scheduling information is given to us we will post it here. Paul has additionally been interviewed on WBAI NY, and that interview can be heard here. Paul will also be on KFPA radio in Berkley, CA at 2pm PST Friday. Tune into KFPA and hear firsthand about Portlight's work in Haiti.


Ron will be on The Barometer Bob Show Thursday night outlining our ongoing efforts in Haiti. You can follow along and ask questions through the chat room at the show. We here at Portlight want to thank Bob for his continuing support; he has been a good friend to Portlight and we appreciate his efforts!

The following are specific updates on ongoing projects:

On site:
Our primary site coordinator, Richard Lumarque, has been in Haiti for 5 days and has been moving fairly freely from the base at the Quisqueya University; he has been looking at properties that have been offered for tent cities in the Leogane area as well as making contact with a number of people that have been in contact with us here in the US about specific issues. He has contacted the village leaders at Dufort and is working to arrange food deliveries to them.
Further, the latest shipment is expected to be in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Given the overland route required by the damage in Haiti, we hope to have this shipment in Haiti late in the day on Friday. The delivery and distribution of this shipment will be covered by NBC Nightly News as a part of the aforementioned piece.
We have several additional shipments queued up for transport, including the remainder of the donation from H&H Wholesalers and these will be sent in the next several days; we are investigating a number of additional shipping opportunities that will facilitate quicker lead and delivery times.
We are still working to get a large truck on site as soon as possible; we were informed that the deuce and a half would have to sit in customs for some 3 days prior to shipping to clear the title and other paperwork. In the meantime, a smaller truck has been acquired on site to help with transportation of supplies.
The acquisition of the larger truck will be a uniquely Weather Underground community initiative. We will place WU signage on the truck and we will be able to post photos of it at work in Haiti; the WU truck will be a long term, tangible symbol of the generosity of the WU community. We want to thank Gina Cirio (WaterWitch11) and her husband for their ceaseless efforts in locating a suitable truck for us.

We would also like to take a moment and thank Dr. Jeff Masters and Wunderground for their continued and unwavering support as well as generous donations. Over the years the Wunderground community and Dr. Masters have helped Portlight get our message out and we are truly grateful for all the support and devotion. This community has been the genesis of our efforts and we cannot thank the great people of the WU community enough for all that they have done to make our efforts successful.


Haitian Nursing Foundation:
Through the efforts of Riki Chomsky, contact has been made with the Haitian Nursing Foundation whose Leogane campus is located SW of Port au Prince. While the city of Leogane was nearly 90% destroyed by the earthquake, the Nursing School was largely spared and a tent city has sprung up; a large number of disabled have been housed there. Further, the Leogane hospital was also spared serious damage and is operational. We have been in contact with the administration at the nursing school and they have been supplied by their parent organization, the Medical Benevolence Foundation. They will, however, keep us posted as to any needs they might have that we can fill.

As you can see, we are making significant strides in Haiti but we can't do any of this work without your help; we are receiving donations of food and medical supplies (both durable and clinical) but we can't do this without the money it takes to ship the goods that are being donated. We have a large number of donations initiatives either ongoing or in the works, but what really helps, in regards to getting these supplies on the ground, is you; your smallest donations are helpful, so give, if you can! The Paypal donation button is the quickest and best way for you, as an individual, to make a difference in this disaster.

Methodist Habitat:
We would like to thank Methodist Habitat for their continuing help in ferrying supplies and personnel into Haiti. Their largesse and the bravery of their pilots have been critical in getting materials into Haiti. Like Portlight, Methodist Habitat is accepting donations and they are looking for aircraft and experienced pilots to further aid in the relief efforts; their website is Methodist Habitat.

Tangible donations:
While we're taking monetary donations through this site, we are also taking donations of tangible materials at our warehouse in Atlanta. Remember, clothing is a secondary issue here; what is most desperately needed is food, durable and clinical medical supplies and other tangibles like tools, outdoor gear, clinical supplies, etc. The address for the Atlanta warehouse is:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
4900 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain GA 30083


Staffing:
While Portlight WILL NOT be placing any staff in Haiti until we can assure their safety, rest assured that we will be staffing shelters in the near future. Anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Haitians with disabilities please email us at paul@portlight.org





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