Relief work stats …
This week begins our last week of full-scale relief work for the displaced earthquake victims from Port-au-Prince. Truthfully, we wish we could keep things going full force, but it is very complicated with everyone teaching full-time, and some of us teaching in the evenings when the distribution takes place. Our plan from the beginning was to do enough to get people off their feet and to help pour some money back into the local economy in the process to help keep things stimulated. This we have overwhelmingly done, and so here are the statistics:
To date, we’ve handed out around 1,250 packets of rice, beans, soap, and money (the first week was down, but now we’re near 500 packets per week).
Total money given out in small bills: $50,000 Haitian
Because people are generally repeat recipients, that represents around 1,000-1,500 people.
Additionally, on Saturday we sent out another 120 packets to an organization in the neighborhood of Cassave, which will be distributing the packets for us.
This Thursday will be our last day of this operation, however, we will be doing a smaller scale operation from here on out for the people we have selected as being the most needy. Cutting back was not an easy decision to make, but it seems like the best, for Sonlight at this time with limited man power and time to make it all work. The work we have done has drastically helped people and given them a great start in their readjusting process, and so we simply ask you to keep them all in your prayers.