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Timeline of Relief Efforts in Haiti - 1/12 ~ 1/24

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Timeline of Relief Efforts in Haiti
1/30 ~ 2/5
1/12 ~ 1/24
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An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale rocked the Republic of Haiti on the 12th of January 2010. Tzu Chi Foundation has initiated a global fundraising campaign to deliver the love from people around the globe to the affected people in Haiti.

Tzu Chi’s relief team, including volunteers and doctors from the US and the Dominican Republic, is currently preparing to provide relief. The Foundation is preparing relief aid and medical supplies to be delivered to Haiti when possible.

Tzu Chi will continue to provide updates on its relief efforts.

TIMELINE: 1/12 ~ 1/24

Date Event
January 24
  • 2nd relief assessment team arrives in Haiti in the morning. They visit an orphanage in the outskirt of Port-au-Prince, as well as talk to US soldiers who are distributing aid, in order to seek support on security issue when conducting distribution later on.
  • Tzu Chi volunteers in the Dominican Republic visit the injured earthquake survivors at Hospital Municipal Cabral and distribute aid and provide care.
  • 4,615 volunteers throughout the US are mobilized to conduct street fundraisers over the weekend.
  • 2nd assessment team will conduct assessment relating to transportation, security, communication, living situation, distribution sites and methods, local wages in Haiti, evaluation of mid-long term relief, etc.
  • According to the asst. manager of OECC, he sees how united the Haitians are after this earthquake. Local people help out one another, and are more united than before the earthquake. The only chaotic area is in city center.
  • Tzu Chi relief assessment team plans to meet with local volunteers in Haiti and to initiate a relief work program (like what Tzu Chi did in the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana struck, and Tzu Chi volunteers, along with 80,000 workers/residents participating in Tzu Chi’s relief work program, cleaned up a city in 18 days).
  • Tzu Chi relief assessment team will visit the survivors in shelters as well as meet with other humanitarian organizations tomorrow.
  • Tzu Chi USA is in the process of integrating nationwide volunteers and medical manpower and resources to be on standby for the next few months.
  • Currently, global headquarters (Taiwan) still has 28 tons of instant rice, 1 ton of instant corn powder, 50,000 eco-friendly blankets and 30,000 sets of utensils (a total of 17 cargo containers) of supplies on standby, ready to be shipped to Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi will focus on areas that have not been helped, instead of going into the center of Port-au-Prince.
  • Tzu Chi continues to prepare for mid-long term relief in Haiti.
January 23
  • Nationwide street fundraisers continue in the US on 1/23 and 1/24.
  • Tzu Chi has received full support from OECC, and will set up a temporary base in OECC office in Port-au-Prince.
January 22
  • The first shipment of goods (including eco-friendly blankets, instant rice, instant powder, utensils, etc.), weighing approximately 10 tons, has been delivered by plane (to the Dominican Republic) on January 22 (will arrive in the Dominican Republic by 1/26). Second shipment will arrive later.
  • Tzu Chi continues to attend meetings with other organizations, as well as conference calls with the White House, USAID.
  • The 2nd relief assessment team from the US arrives in the emergency coordination center in the Dominican Republic, bringing a small amount of medical supplies and goods.
January 21
  • The Tzu Chi relief assessment team and Senator Rodriguez arrive in Haiti. The team visits an orphanage (with 133 orphans) which Tzu Chi distributed aid to in 2009. They still use Tzu Chi’s eco-friendly blankets and plastic sheets distributed last year. They recognize Tzu Chi from last year and they are so happy to see Tzu Chi, so they shout out “Tzu Chi, Tzu Chi” when they see the relief assessment team in Tzu Chi uniform.
  • Tzu Chi will bring propane gas stoves from the Dominican Republic to cook hot meals for the people in the orphanage (with Tzu Chi’s instant rice).
  • Tzu Chi relief team will set up a base in a local volunteer’s office. The office can store up to 6 cargo containers.
  • A Tzu Chi volunteer in Haiti says a government building is now occupied by around 2,500 survivors, without food. Tzu Chi team will visit tomorrow to assess what aid Tzu Chi can provide.
  • Congressman Joel in Haiti visited Tzu Chi global headquarters in 2009, after Tzu Chi provided relief in Haiti in January 2009. He is with Tzu Chi today. He will get additional support from police in Haiti to support Tzu Chi’s relief efforts and connect Tzu Chi with the prime minister in Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi’s second relief team will arrive Tzu Chi Emergency Coordination Center in the Dominican Republic on January 22. They will bring more relief goods and medical supplies.
  • The first shipment of goods (including eco-friendly blankets, instant rice, instant powder, utensils, etc.), weighing approximately 10 tons, will be delivered by plane. Second shipment will arrive later.
  • Tomorrow, the relief assessment team plans to visit a government building sheltering 2,500 survivors to assess the needs, meet with other humanitarian organizations, meet with local Tzu Chi volunteers, meet with Jordanian UN peacekeepers regarding providing protection (the Tzu Chi chapter in Jordan has connected with the Jordanian UN peacekeepers), and visit the OECC office.
  • The founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen, continues to emphasize that ones who save others must be safe themselves. She also emphasizes the importance of initiating a relief work program (like what Tzu Chi did in the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana struck, and Tzu Chi volunteers along with 80,000 workers/residents cleaned up the city in 18 days). The founder says that for now, Tzu Chi will focus on areas that have not been helped, instead of going into Port-au-Prince. She continues to emphasize the importance of integrating manpower and resources now to prepare for mid-long term relief.
January 20
  • Tzu Chi Emergency Coordination Center in the Dominican Republic prepares for the relief assessment team’s departure to Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi relief assessment team, along with Senator Juan Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez and guards from the Dominican Republic, leave Santo Domingo for Barahona. They stay overnight in Barahona, in Senator Rodriguez’s mother’s house, before departing for Haiti on 1/21 morning.
January 19
  • Tzu Chi relief team, along with Senator Juan Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez (who is also a Tzu Chi volunteer) and soldiers from the Dominican Republic, meet with Tzu Chi volunteers in Haiti at the border (Jimani) to provide relief supplies.
  • Tzu Chi relief team, along with Senator Juan Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez (who is also a Tzu Chi volunteer) and soldiers from the Dominican Republic, meet with Tzu Chi volunteers in Haiti at the border (Jimani) to provide relief supplies.
  • People in 29 countries have joined in the first phase of Tzu Chi’s global fundraising campaign.

January 18

  • The CEO of Tzu Chi USA as well as a team of volunteers from the US arrive at the Tzu Chi Emergency Communication Center in the Dominican Republic.
  • Teams of volunteers from the US will be stationed in the Dominican Republic for the next few months.
January 17
  • Integrate nationwide medical manpower to be on standby for the next few months to provide medical services.
  • Global fundraising campaign continues. US volunteers hold nationwide street fundraisers.
January 16
  • Tzu Chi volunteer in Haiti scheduled to attend FEMA meetings in Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi announces it will provide mid-term and long-term relief in Haiti, besides immediate relief.
  • First phase of global fundraising campaign in 16 countries: US, Canada, UK, Denmark, Paraguay, Argentina, Jordan, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Japan.
  • US Tzu Chi volunteers hold nationwide street fundraisers (23 locations in Southern California alone).
January 15
  • Tzu Chi Emergency Coordination Center establishes contact with local volunteer in Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi establishes Emergency Communication Center at Tzu Chi's Dominican Republic office.
January 14
  • Relief team and first shipment of supplies are on standby, prepared by Tzu Chi International Humanitarian Aid Association (TIHAA)
  • 500,000 packs of instant rice
    500,000 packs of corn powder
    20,000 eco-friendly fleece blankets
    50,000 sets of eco-friendly eating utensils
  • Other supplies: used clothing, medical kits, medical supplies, vitamins, ointments .

Notes on supplies:
* Instant rice is ready to be served after 40-50 minutes in cold water or 20 minutes in hot water
* Each eco-friendly fleece blanket is made from 70 recycled PET bottles

January 13
  • Meeting with Tzu Chi Global HQ (Taiwan), Tzu Chi USA and Tzu Chi Dominican Republic office, focusing on:
    1.Relief aid distribution
    2.Medical assistance
    3.Global fundraising
  • Coordination meeting with other humanitarian organizations.
  • Tzu Chi relief team and a team of Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) doctors are on standby for dispatch.
  • Tzu Chi’s global fundraising campaign kicks off.
January 12
  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti.
  • Tzu Chi establishes Emergency Coordination Center in Tzu Chi USA HQ.





 

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