A 40 foot container packed with disaster relief supplies left Decatur at the end of last week and will arrive in Haiti on March 2.
The supplies include items donated by North Alabama United Methodists and others who have heard about the church’s work there and wish to help the people of Haiti. Items include tents, medical supplies, health kits and the fourth water treatment system sent by United Methodists. (This will make the 11th water treatment system sent by people from the North Alabama area.)
This loaded container is the second shipment to leave the Decatur Disaster Warehouse going directly to Haiti. (A private plane delivered supplies last month.) Other supplies donated by North Alabama United Methodists have been packed by volunteers at the Decatur Disaster Warehouse and shipped to the main UMCOR warehouse, the Sagar Brown Depot in Louisiana, to be forwarded to Haiti with other supplies collected by United Methodists across the United States.
Rev. Ray Crump, the Director of the Decatur Warehouse notes volunteers are in the planning stages to send a second container in the next couple of months. Earlier Ray said the response to the Haiti Disaster is the largest he has seen in 50 years of ministry.
The wider community is also taking note of the United Methodist’s response. Many local media outlets have covered the collections and shipments from the Decatur Disaster Warehouse.Click here to see a story by WAAY in Huntsville from the day this latest container was packed to be shipped.
Below is the latest update from UMVIM, SEJ regarding the Haiti Response
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM), SEJ the short-term mission agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, announced that UMVIM, SEJ Executive Director Paulette West is traveling to Haiti with UMCOR and UMVIM officials in order to attend the annual conference of the Methodist Church of Haiti and to meet with church leadership. While there, Paulette will be having discussions with leaders on the ground as we identify projects and areas in which volunteers can safely and effectively serve.
At UMVIM, SEJ, we are intentional about working with local church leadership as we assess needs and readiness for volunteers. As soon as the Methodist Church of Haiti invites in volunteer teems, we stand ready to facilitate these teams. Please know that the United Methodist Church is already at work in Haiti, supported by your generous gifts to UMCOR. As part of UMCOR's work in Haiti, some of the debris-clearing and recovery work that could be done by volunteers will actually be done by Haitians in a pay-for-work program. In a country with near-universal unemployment, this pay-for-work program is vital, and we believe it to be a faithful part of our work there.
Once this initial work is completed, there will be many, many opportunities for UMVIM volunteers to serve in Haiti. We continue to work with annual conference UMVIM coordinators to disseminate information about the need for volunteers, and we will have more specific information following next week's assessment trip.
To register your interest in traveling to Haiti, please visit http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/HaitiVolunteer