Excerpts of Mormon church provided $4.25M in Haiti relief, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — In the first month following Haiti's devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an estimated $4.25 million in assistance, with plans for ongoing relief and recovery support for the ravaged Caribbean nation.
To date, the LDS Church has shipped 28 truckloads of relief supplies — including nine air shipments — to Haiti.
Food and relief supplies included 208,834 pounds of food, 16,070 water-filtration bottles, 12,840 hygiene kits, 11,760 blankets, 4,000 first-aid kits, 2,304 newborn kits, 1,696 tents, 1,319 tarps, 600 quilts and 25 medical supply modules.
Additionally, five truckloads of food and relief supplies were driven across the island from the church's Caribbean area facilities in the neighboring Dominican Republic, while local church leaders were authorized to use fast-offering funds to purchase food and water in the first days immediately after the quake.
Nine of the Port-au-Prince LDS meetinghouses have been used as emergency shelters, with up to 9,000 people total — not just LDS Church members — seeking assistance or staying on the meetinghouse grounds.
In addition to servicing its own temporary shelters, the LDS Church has provided food, relief and some cash assistance to a number of nongovernmental organizations, including CARE, Food for the Poor, Red Cross, International Relief and Development, Islamic Relief and Healing Hands for Haiti. Local church leaders also have provided additional assistance to Haitian charitable organizations.
The church has sent several first-response medical teams, totaling 17 doctors and three nurses, with specialties including trauma, orthopedics, family practice, emergency room and critical care.
Two mental health counselors also assisted at the shelters.