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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Haïti: MCC responds
MCC is gearing up for a massive relief effort in Haïti and seeks to raise at least $1 million U.S. According to their press release:
"MCC workers in Haiti include nine people from Colombia, the Netherlands and the United States; seven Haitian program staff members; and additional support staff. All program staff located in Port-au-Prince, the capital, are accounted for. Although the communications infrastructure in Haïti has been disrupted, staff members were able to send a message via the U.S. embassy. All MCC staff members who have been in touch report seeing bodies in the streets, according to Daryl Yoder-Bontrager, MCC Latin America and the Caribbean director. MCC is working to contact staff outside Port-au-Prince.

MCC is planning its response which will include short-term relief plus recovery efforts over the medium and long term. "We're looking carefully at how we can build peace, avoid violence and do good community development at the same time," said Yoder-Bontrager.

A dead victim is carried away after being pulled form rubble in the Narette zone of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Photo by Ben Depp, courtesy of

MCC regional disaster management coordinators Kathy and Virgil Troyer, based in Honduras, will travel to Haïti as soon as possible to help with the planning and implementation of MCC's response. The Troyers are from Orrville, Ohio."

Here's an interview MCC's Linda Espenshade did with the Troyers yesterday:

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