BCFS shifting Haiti response strategy


Krista from BCFS passes this update along:

BCFS has repositioned resources to prepare for recovery – rather than response – efforts in Haiti. While our contract with the state requires that we maintain the ability to ramp-up resources to deploy for federal support within 48 hours, BCFS, like most agencies involved in Haiti relief efforts, is now transitioning to long-term recovery plans.
BCFS’ global division, Children’s Emergency Relief International, has helped children and families around the world rebound after disaster, most notably by establishing the first – and still to date, only – foster care program in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.
As soon as it is determined that the health and safety of our volunteers will not be compromised by current public health issues on the island, and that our efforts will not become a burden to those we seek to help, CERI will send a multi-faceted recon team to Haiti to identify unsupported orphanages that need help rebuilding and resupplying, and providing medical care to their children.
There will be many opportunities to travel with CERI on a mission trip to help us restore these orphanages to their pre-earthquake status or better, so people should check in with our website often.
If you or someone you know would like to donate to BCFS/CERI’s Haiti relief efforts, gifts can be made online or mailed to:
                                          BCFS/CERI – Emergency Response for Haiti
                                          1506 Bexar Crossing
                                          San Antonio, TX 78232

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