GOALS was able to hire a boat today to bring food, water and cooking fuel to about 300 people who have been stuck in two coastal areas where we work and where roads were too flooded to go to town. This would have been day 3 without any food for these GOALS families. We were able to do this work today without hesitation knowing that you, our friends and supporters, would help support this work. So a huge, huge thank you to those of you who have donated already. We are breathing a bit easier tonight, knowing that our families in Destra and Bossan were able to eat today, after two days of nothing.
After addressing the immediate need, our next concern will be hygiene/cholera and then long-term needs, since all crops and most livestock just plain gone. A big part of GOALS' role will be helping communities to get back to daily life and normalcy on their own by continuing to work our network of local soccer coaches and community leaders. Reopening schools and soccer fields helps life to get back to normal, and, providing jobs in local areas will be critical.
Behind the scenes, our staff has been working around the clock, partnering to provide logistical support to other aid groups, allowing them to hit the ground faster and more efficiently. See our partner coalition below.
The photos and reports from other areas in Haiti are devastating. While GOALS will be lending logistical and translation support to recovery in these areas. GOALS own work will be focused on the four villages in Leogane where we have networks and existing programs. Our ongoing programs impact 400 children daily, but we will be supporting all those impacted in these areas, an estimated 6000 people.
Here are our very trusted friends and partners, should you choose to support their work in other areas of Haiti: