The following is the third of many field reports that will be sent from our Haiti field reporter Kirk Noonan.
Taking great strides to ensure that food is distributed in a way that keeps workers and earthquake victims safe the Convoy of Hope team distributed food on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re sending them through in groups of 10,” says Nick Wiersma, director of volunteer services for Convoy of Hope. “They’ll enter one gate on the property and exit another.”
Each person who comes through the gate receives two packs of Feed My Starving Children fortified rice and soy protein meal package, which contains six meals per packet.
“These people are appreciative because they know they are going to get some food,” says Kevin Rose, Haiti director for Convoy of Hope. “This food is important because the food supply into the country has been cut off and things with regards to the food supply will get worse before it gets better.”
As the victims of the earthquake exit the grounds of Quisqueya Chapel in Port-au-Prince many smile. Some—mostly children—hold the bags high as if they are prized trophies and jog down the rutted dirt road that runs alongside the front side of the church’s property.
“God gave me this food,” says Doula, a 33-year-old mother of four. “I have faith now that He will give me even more in the coming days.”
Tomorrow the Convoy of Hope team will distribute more food here.
“We will keep ramping up and distributing more food,” says Rose. “The need will not go away today or tomorrow ... that’s why we’ll be here for the coming weeks.”