Saturday, October 2, 2010

Congratulations to Rotary District 6110

On January 12, Haiti was affected by an earthquake that caused tremendous loss of life and destruction. On Wednesday, January 13th, MSNI and Rotary District 6110 responded by sending the first shipment of water-boxes. The content of these boxes was enough to purify 20,000 16-ouncebottles of water. An additional shipment of water-boxes was sent approximately one week later giving the recipients the ability to purify more than 1 million 16 ounce bottles of water. We then sent a container of special supplies and equipment to deal with the immediate medical needs. The value of this container was approximately $60,000.00. The cost of the water-boxes was more than $31,000.00.

Many people involved in the earthquake in Haiti suffered injuries to their limbs. An assessment is currently being made to determine the amount and need for prosthesis for amputees. Once the clinic is completed MSNI will determine how to move forward with providing prosthesis for Haitians. MSNI is teaming with Operation Hope with this effort.

The Rotary Club of Muskogee, Oklahoma has provided $8500 to the Haitian relief effort to fund phase II, prosthesis for amputees.

We are in contact with Rotarians in India who are technicians specializing in the area of prosthesis to assess the need. We may also train the Haitians to manufacture prosthesis. Larry is coordinating the effort to ensure there is no duplication. Muscogee has issued a challenge to other clubs to provide financial assistance.

In addition specialty wheelchairs have arrived at Port au Prince Haiti. MSNI has sent 100 wheelchairs. Fifty of the wheelchairs will go to the Hosean rehabilitation clinic compound and the other 50 will go to Mountain Top Ministries, another faith based organization that partnered with MSNI based 14 miles from Port au Prince.
Altogether MSNI’s response along with those who have partnered with MSNI have provided over a quarter of a million dollars worth of relief to Haiti. Thank you to all of the individuals and clubs who have provided financial assistance as well as equipment for this immediate need.

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