|A Post Disaster National Assistance (PDNA) Committee has been formed and consists of local representatives as well as all significant international entities that are assisting in the restoration efforts.
Rotary is included on the PDNA with Dr. Claude Surena on the committee. This committee is making an assessment of the damages and the resultant needs and will formulate priorities and prepare a plan. The plan is scheduled to be complete by March 15 and is intended to be presented to the United Nations around March 23 or 24.
The District 7020 Haiti Earthquake Relief Committee will continue to meet and assist with getting the final containers (40 to 50) to Haiti by the end of March. However, the committee is now turning to the
planning for the longer term relief efforts. We have to consider:
Basic Education and Literacy – Getting the children back to school
Disease Prevention and Treatment – Continue helping the hospital and health workers as well as developing comprehensive rehabilitation
Water and Sanitation – The clean water needs must be addressed and effective sanitation is essential with so many tent cities now in place
Maternal and Child Health – We need to address the nutrition of the children and the mothers.
Economic and Community Development – We need to help to boost the economy providing micro credit for business start up and we need to enhance the community life for a positive economic growth.
We are in this program for the long haul and will be proud as we stand beside Rotarians in Haiti and lend them a hand as together we rebuild a beautiful country and show our respect and admiration for the people of Haiti.
The Future of Rotary is in Our Hands and the future of Haiti depends on what we continue to do.