Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chaos, Cholera, Soap and Hope

One year removed from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti  that killed an estimated 300,000 people and injured 50,000 more. And the horror continues. Cholera and chaos are still the order of the day. But the Haitians have hope as long as they have soap and supporters like you.

Through the continued support and generosity of our hotel partners, friends and fans Clean the World has distributed more than 1.5 million bars of soap in Haiti since the Jan. 2010 earthquake. We’ve also received countless online donations to help purchase hygiene supplies and deliver them wherever there is the greatest need.

In town and villages throughout Haiti, Clean the World is delivering hope with soap. Major soap distributions have been made in Cap Haitien, Port Au Prince, Gonaives, and Leogane. Other areas receiving soap include a mix of small towns, coastal and mountain villages, including: Kenscoff, Port De Paix, Milot, and Limonade; Carrefour, La Croix, and Arcahaie; Miragoane, Petionville, Cite Soleil, and Delmas.

Clean the World has distributed 45,000 soap bars in partnership with Yele Haiti;  10,000 soap bars with International Children’s Rescue; and another 35,000 bars of soap with the Cap Haitien Health Network. But that’s not all: 5,000 bars were distributed at  Eben-Ezer; 15,000 soap bars were delivered to St. Nicholas Hospital in St. Marc; 20,000 soap bars were received by the Evangelical Church of Haiti; and 5,000 soap bars were left with Partners in Health, and distributed to schools, orphanages, and health clinics throughout Haiti.

Update: Just this week, Clean the World shipped 45,000 bars of soap for distribution in the northern regions of Haiti most affected by the cholera outbreak in October. In coming weeks, 10,000 bars will be distributed to World Wide Village and 75,000 soap bars will be given to International Action.

Things will not be “normal” for a long time in Haiti. But with your continued support, the Haitian people can lift themselves out of an unspeakably difficult situation and regain dignity, better health and, soon, better lives for themselves and their loved ones.

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