Caritas is putting together a team to fly out today to respond to the Haiti earthquake. We’re looking at a major humanitarian response. A big earthquake near a densely populated badly built urban centre in a poor country, with poor infrastructure. Port-au-Prince has been a time bomb of failed development and now its gone off.
The team from Rome will consist of Alistair Dutton, our Humanitarian Director, and Michele Hough, our Communications Officer. We’ll be bringing in technical experts on logistics, water and sanitation, health and shelter from our members.
Caritas Haiti will already be working on the ground in parishes, church halls and community centres providing food, blankets and shelter. CRS, one of our American members, also has an impressive operation in Haiti with many staff.
Until we know more, let out prayers be with all Caritas workers there and the people of Haiti.