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									Catholic Relief Services             Situation Report #22 for external distribution
Haiti Earthquake                     Dates covered: February 10-13, 2010


This past weekend, Haitians across the country took time to observe the one-month marker of the
earthquake in a three-day period of prayer. Singing could be heard across the city from formal
and make-shift churches, in camps and settlements, as people walked to and from prayer service,
and even in the CRS offices where a handful of Haitian staff worked over the weekend.

Four weeks into the response, the primary challenges humanitarian organizations face include
the following: scaling up efforts; building contingencies for transitional shelters for the rainy
season; integrating early recovery initiatives; and maintaining donor interest for the long run.

On February 10th, the Government of Haiti formally endorsed the shelter cluster strategy to
provide basic shelter assistance—including one plastic sheet and supplemental inputs—to each
affected household by May 1st. In a Feb. 9 assessment by the Shelter Cluster, the Pétionville
Golf Club settlement was identified as one of the most vulnerable sites for epidemics and
flooding. The lack of fire mitigation strategy was also of concern. The team recommended the
identification of new sites for resettlement by families on a voluntary basis.

The UN Dominican Republic Humanitarian Country Team completed an inter-agency
assessment of the border area. The team estimates that approximately 168,000 internally
displaced persons are living along the Haitian border, the majority with host families.

WFP indicated that the price of imported rice has increased by 25%, and wheat flour by 65%,
since the earthquake.


Sir John Holmes, the OCHA Under-Secretary General visited a CRS/Caritas Haiti emergency
shelter distribution at the Petionville Club on Friday, Feb. 12th. CRS Haiti Emergency Director
Bill Canny was the sole INGO representative invited to a dinner with Holmes to discuss shelter
and key programming issues related to settlements and camps. Bill Canny also represented CRS
during a visit by a U.S. government delegation that included U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy

CRS Executive VP Sean Callahan and outgoing CRS Haiti Country Representative Karel
Zelenka will represent CRS at the Caritas Internationalis Haiti Partnership Conference in Rome
on Feb. 17th.

In a letter to Secretary of State Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah, InterAction has
advocated that USAID not reduce OFDA spending (as it’s been reported of up to 40%) from
other global emergencies to fund its Haiti response. The letter recommended a supplemental
funding measure for Haiti be passed, stop-gap funding be identified to make up for cuts in other
regions, and that no cuts be made to long-term development activities in other parts of the world.


The CRS team met on Friday, Feb. 12, to outline a strategy that includes the immediate,
transitional and long-term response. A draft, which will be shared for review by the regional
team within the week, emphasizes response in Port-au-Prince, and support outside for Port-au-
Prince for host communities/dioceses that are receiving an increasing number of internally
displaced persons.

CRS has distributed food to a total of 533,422 people in camps and settlements in Port-au-Prince,
Léogane, and outside areas. Of this total, an estimated 35,000 are repeat beneficiaries (those
within Pétionville Club and the main Champs de Mars camp downtown), and have received both
the food from CRS/Caritas Haiti distributions, as well as the WFP rice in the special CRS-
supported rice distribution. CRS hopes to provide repeat distributions in other areas in the
coming weeks.

To break down the figures, in the CRS/Caritas Haiti food distributions, CRS has distributed
roughly 22,323 ready-to-eat food kits and other dry food rations that have reached to 277, 818
people. In the WFP rice distribution, CRS has distributed rice to support 51,562 families, or
257,808 people.

The CRS Haiti distribution team is finishing up with the WFP rice distributions – two zones are
finished (downtown Champs de Mars – DP 3 and Pétionville – DP 11), and one remains (Tabarre
– DP 13), which will complete by Wednesday, Feb. 17. CRS Haiti is re-assessing whether or not
to continue to work with WFP in this type of arrangement or use its SYAP resources to provide
services in 29 sites, which include Champs de Mars and Pétionville. CRS/Caritas Haiti is also
assessing if/how it can distribute in the smaller camps around Champs de Mars and Pétionville.

CRS/Caritas Haiti has distributed emergency shelter kits to an estimated 6,500 families
(approximately 32,500 people) in Pétionville Club, and will be distributing to 10,000 more
families this week in smaller camps and settlements, and Champs de Mars. More comprehensive
figures on the NFI distributions will be included in Thursday’s sitrep.

The CRS/Caritas Haiti health team is working in nine sites—predominantly camps and clinics—
in/around Port-au-Prince. The two coordinators have staffed up two teams consisting of several
doctors, nurses, and aides that are providing health care services in the sites.

The CRS/Caritas Haiti health team has collaborated with the WASH team to develop five one-
minute radio spots to air on local radio several times a day for one week. These are being
reviewed with Caritas health colleagues before broadcasting early the week of 15 Feb.

The St. Francois de Sales Hospital received its third team of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists,
and operating room techs on Saturday, Feb 13th. The total in place for this week is 20. The
number of surgeries being performed remains about 15-20 per day.

CRS staff working with the medical mission team are setting-up two rehabilitation centers for
post-surgical cases from St. Francois de Sales Hospital and other collaborators. The St. Charles
Seminary in Trois de Boquetes (where Msgr. Milot and the Vicar have been interred) will
collaborate with the CRS/Caritas Haiti health team, the Haitian Medical Mission of Memphis,
and the Dominican Sisters for a capacity of 80 rehab beds for six months starting as soon as
possible. A second site is being considered with double the capacity for 12 months. This is
being discussed with Msgr. Lafontaine, Pere Mede (Hôpital St. Francois de Sales), and the

WHO and UNICEF have approached the CRS/Caritas Haiti health team to assist with a
vaccination campaign for the entire population of Port-au-Prince. CRS/Caritas Haiti would
cover nine (or more) sites where we are currently working. Everyone would receive DT, DPT,
or DPT + polio and de-worming medicine. We are examining our ability to respond and
considering some temporary staffing from the Les Cayes office to help coordinate the volunteer
teams. Each team of four will receive training to cover 400 people per day. CRS/Caritas Haiti
would like to field multiple teams with to complete our sites in 10-14 days.

The CRS/Caritas Haiti WASH team will complete its water and sanitation activities at the St.
Francois de Sales Hospital this week, and turn its focus to six key sites in the city. The
implementation of the 400 portable latrines in the Champs de Mars (downtown) area starts today,
Feb. 15, with a ceremony tentatively scheduled with the Deputy Mayor tomorrow.

CRS’ protection advisor Suzanna Tkalec attended a meeting in Santo Domingo over the
weekend to discuss strategies for protection and collaboration with colleagues in the Dominican
Republic who are responding to increased migration and related trafficking issues. By mid-
week, the CRS/Caritas Haiti team should have assessments conducted in all of the orphanages in
the current CRS Haiti Title II program, and will lay out an outline for response in the following

The CRS/Caritas Haiti shelter team will distribute tokens today for emergency shelter kit
distributions, starting in Bureau de Mines and building on the work of the water and sanitation
teams in other sites. The kits should also be distributed at the camp of Champs de Mars this

CRS/Caritas Haiti sent an initial 340 tents to Caritas Jacmel today. CRS/Caritas Haiti shelter
leaders, including Isaac Boyd, are going to Jacmel tomorrow, Feb. 16, to demonstrate tent set up,
and provide further support to our diocesan partners.

The humanitarian coordination team is discussing the movement of people from Pétionville and
Champs de Mars to other sites. CRS/Caritas Haiti is looking at one of the sites identified by
IOM for relocation. If involved, CRS/Caritas Haiti would likely provide the emergency shelter
kits and water and sanitation support at the site. CRS/Caritas Haiti is assessing the options for
moving people from the sites in which we are currently involved, as well as how to engage in the
preparation and involvement. IOM has prioritized Pétionville Club as a priority site to move
given the hill factor and potential for abhorrent sanitary conditions when the rains start. The
team is also considering how best to register people at the Pétionville Club, and which INGO
should be the camp lead.

The CRS/Caritas Haiti shelter team is securing quotes for materials that would be required for
two prototypes of transitional shelters designed by the team last week.


The CRS Haiti logistics team is focusing on the supply chain and process for material requests
and procurement. The procurement team is moving Title II food at the PPC warehouse, which
now has electricity, lights, rub halls, etc. The CRS logistics team is setting up a second rub hall
at the PPC warehouse today. The CRS Finance team is working on documenting the amount of
in-kind donations we’ve received from various Caritas members.

The 30,000 dry food kits (two-day ration for family of five) that have been prepared in the DR,
will be dispatched soon, based upon demand and orders from Port-au-Prince.

CRS is facilitating a supply/chain management meeting for key staff at the Port-au-Prince office,
and with the directors of the logistics/procurement team, Dave Coddington and Sebastian
Jayasuriya, to ensure that everyone is familiar with the process and protocols.


Warehouses are still a problem for other NGOs and one had its warehouse broken into. CRS is
working to provide trainings on warehouse management security for its warehouse staff, and is
analyzing the best response to the growing discontentment in the camp settled outside the PPC
warehouse. Some demonstrations have taken place related to the combined emotion of the
mourning period and also dissatisfaction at some camps.

A recent assessment by the UN Department of Safety and Security stated that the overall
environment is very good. Most of the reported increase in crimes is related to gang activities.
In the Cite Soleil area, city policing has been effective against the gangs. CRS has experienced
some lost items from open trucks crossing the city, and is now enforcing a “closed truck” rule for
transport. Security briefings are being provided for all new staff.


The US Ops regional offices are receiving many requests for CRS speakers from dioceses,
parishes and colleges. PowerPoint presentations are being prepared for use by CRS staff at such

The fundraising efforts and generosity continue to impress. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
alone, Catholic schools have raised $117,000, and just 62% of the parishes have contributed
more than $1.1 million.

During the USCCB-CRS Social Ministry gathering from Feb. 7-10, US Ops and advocacy staff
accompanied delegates to several congressional offices and offered thanks for congressional
support for Haiti relief, Temporary Protected Status, and tax incentives for donations. The
delegations also urged congressional offices to support an emergency supplemental, recovery
and long-term development funds, debt relief, and trade incentives to aid the Haitian people.

CRS OverOps and Advocacy staff helped to initiate and shape a Feb. 11th InterAction letter to
the Administration which called for three important actions: (1) pass a Supplemental
Appropriations Bill to meet ongoing emergency needs in Haiti; (2) address emergency financial
needs of OFDA through stopgap measures; (3) safeguard long-term development funding for
Haiti and other countries. CRS staff offered examples of OFDA cuts to buttress the case.

Major media has slowed to a trickle, although there are many small hits about church groups
around the country doing fundraising for CRS in Haiti. We sent out revised talking points
Thursday to USOps and our diocesan contacts. Lane Hartill has returned to Port-au-Prince for an
additional week to pitch media and to handle any inquiries that come our way.

   •   The Washington Post, Aid groups fear Haiti relief diverts funds from other needs,
       quotes Lisa Kuennen-Asfaw, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
   •   Foreign Policy, The Cable (blog), Haiti causing steep funding cuts aid groups warn,
       quotes Lisa Kuennen-Asfaw,
   •   The Fayetteville Observer, Haiti quake destruction stuns 82nd Airborne troops, quotes
       Shannon Oliver, http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2010/02/15/975880
   •   Toronto Star, Rains bring homeless fresh misery, notes CRS tarp distribution at
       Petionville Camp, http://www.thestar.com/news/world/haiti/article/764300--wells-rains-
   •   World magazine, Stress management: Helping Haitians recover takes zeal - with
       wisdom, quotes Mike Hill on CRS experience in disaster response,
   •   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Students lend a hand in earthquake relief efforts, CRS
       mention, no link
   •   The Boston Globe, Nearly a month later, relief still falls short in Haiti, reprint of
       yesterday’s Washington Post article quoting Lane Hartill ,
   •   MSNBC.com, Haiti awash in Christian aid, evangelism, CRS cited as a faith-based
       group that provides essential services , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35262608/
   •   CNN clip of Isaac Boyd from last week:


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