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UPS director Craig Arnold (center) works at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince with Salvation Army personnel Major George Polarek (left) and Bob Poff, Director of Disaster Services for Haiti (right). UPS Delivers Support for Salvation Army Haiti Relief


UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialised transportation and logistics services, is not only working with The Salvation Army to facilitate transportation of urgently needed supplies to Haiti, but also encourages its employees to help personally in crises such as this disaster.

In addition to their planes, UPS has also dispensed another invaluable resource that is making an impact on the ground: Volunteer Craig Arnold. Craig is the sales director for UPS’s northern California region, but ever since disaster struck Haiti, he has been using his vacation time to work day and night in Port-au-Prince at The Salvation Army’s command center serving as a logistics coordinator and driver. He has seen firsthand the good and the bad, from the hordes of suffering patients being brought into The Salvation Army clinic to the new babies that have been born on the compound.

While Craig said he believes The Salvation Army’s long-standing 50 year relationship with the Port-au-Prince community has helped relief efforts, Craig himself also has an established relationship with The Salvation Army. His parents were Salvation Army officers for more than 40 years, and he currently serves as a San Francisco Salvation Army Board member.

USA Today featured a story about Craig in their Sunday (Jan. 24) paper, quoting him on his most recent visit to the Haiti as “a life-changing experience,” and describing his amazement how Haitians’ “spirit has still been strong, how they don’t give up and how they are still helping each other.”

According to an interview he did for the UPS blog, Craig says much of his time is spent traveling the precarious roads to and from the Port-au-Prince airport in order to retrieve emergency shipments, relief workers, and medical teams. He has also been integral in helping with operations around The Salvation Army compound, including assisting with the massive feedings that have served more than 24,000 meal kits to Haitians.

Thank you, Craig, for your personal involvement in helping to alleviate the needs of Haiti and your unique service to The Salvation Army!

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Salvation Army Haiti Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere (left) speaks with Disaster Services Director Bob Poff (right).

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Neighbors find rest near the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Haiti.

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Destruction near the La Maison du Bonheur (The Home of Happiness) Salvation Army children’s home in Haiti. The home is the yellow building in the back left corner.

Haiti Relief

“What happened to Haiti is a natural disaster. What’s happening to Haiti now
is an act of God!!!”
—Bob Poff

UPDATE: January 29, 2010:

Vicki Poff
Vicki Poff in Haiti with one of “her” 50 kids at the children’s home.

Just as Vicki Poff and her husband, Bob, were preparing to leave Central Florida today (Jan. 29) and return to the orphange they run in Port-au-Prince, Vicki was sidelined by a virus. Bob had to fly back without her — there are too many hungry, desperate people awaiting supplies to postpone the journey.The Poffs, whose recent life in Haiti was chronicled in a story yesterday, gave up a comfortable existence in the States last spring to help run a children’s home in the second-poorest neighborhood of the Haitian capital for the Salvation Army. The charity has worked in Haiti for 60 years and has more than 10,000 children in its schools there.

The earthquake left their apartment in Port-au-Prince unlivable and much of the Salvation Army compound in ruins. For a week and a half, the Poffs survived on a few hours of fractured sleep each night and, at best, one meal a day. Drinking water ran out at one point. The Salvation Army had insisted they come home to rest for a few days, though much of their time here was spent gathering and loading supplies for the return.

Then, the day before they were to leave, Vicki fell ill with a virus. A doctor ordered her to take complete bed rest for three days before she rejoins her husband. But he could wait no longer.

Glenn Fite Jr., spokesman for the Salvation Army in Orlando, said they will reunite as early as Sunday night. “It’s not surprising that she is sick, after all they’ve been through,” he said. “But she’ll just be a few days behind.”


First Salvation Army Aid Begins to Reach Petit Goave

The coastal community of Petit Goave (Little Gulf) on the north coast of the Haiti peninsular will be the next community to benefit from Salvation Army Earthquake relief efforts.

Major Emmanuel Michaud and Captain Serge Lainne, Haitian born Salvation Army Officers serving in Chicago. Il and Miami. FL respectively did an assessment yesterday to determine the post Earthquake circumstances of this community where a Salvation Army Corps and School is presently located.

In describing what he saw in Petit Goave Major Michaud said, “Getting there will be ragged and rugged because the roads are badly damaged but with caution, care and God’s help we can transport volunteers, materials and hope to these people.”

Captain Lainne noted that the Corps and School facilities appeared to have minor damage but are fully usable.

The Mayor, when visited by these two officers, expressed appreciation for and pledged full cooperation the efforts of the Army’s efforts, in partnership with The United Nations. This city of 200,000 is estimated to have lost 1,500 and had another 3,000 persons injured in the Quake.

Within a six mile radius there are approximately 6,000 living in temporary housing such as tents and make-shift shelters.

Beginning January 25, 2010 the two officers who did the initial assessment will be assigned as the Advance Coordination Team for the Petit Goave effort.

Major Cedric Hills, The Army’s International Emergency Services Program Command Officer for the entire Haiti effort expressed great glee for this very important “next step” as the Army’s response team expands its efforts to assist Major Lecien Lamartiuere, Haiti Divisional Commander, as he leads his officers, soldiers, staff and volunteers in this entire recovery effort.

Major Lamartiuere first encountered The Salvation Army in 1982 when a friend invited him to attend a Corps meeting in Port au Prince. He, as a Baptist, was so blessed, inspired and moved by the spirit of Salvationists in worship that when he went home to Petit Goave, he started a corps. Of course, as a non-Salvationist the work was not given official Corps status until eight years later when the, now Major and Divisional Commander, sent himself to the Army’s Training College in Kingston, Jamaica. Because his successor was a Salvation Army Officer, the work in Petit Goave was officially recognized. Major Lamartiuere said, “I understand the official and non official dates but, in my heart, the Corps opened in 1982.”

He added how happy he is that the relief effort will start in Petit Goave.

The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest international relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005

  • More than 700 officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti are responding to the needs of the people there.
  • 42 Salvation Army disaster response workers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries, including 14 medical personnel, have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.
  • The first major Salvation Army shipment of more than 80,000 pounds of emergency food and water is en route to Haiti via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.
  • The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.

More than 800 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

  • A 14-person team of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from United States, Canada, the U.K. and other countries are treating hundreds of people per day in Port Au Prince and elsewhere.
  • These medical teams have delivered several babies at the main compound and have also been dispatched to various orphanages in the area to assist children and infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.

More than 80,000 pounds of emergency food and water is en route to Haiti via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

  • The shipment originated from a Salvation Army warehouse in Miami where relief supplies are being staged.
  • The shipment consists of 20 pallets of food that will provide more than 91,000 meals in addition to water—packaged in ½ liter bottles and gallon jugs.
  • The flight is being facilitated through the United Parcel Service (UPS) and, due to the logistical challenges of getting large planes into Haiti directly, will fly through Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • The supplies will be trucked into Port Au Prince to be distributed by Salvation Army relief teams.
  • Small planes containing medical supplies and relief workers have been arriving into Haiti since Friday, January 15.

Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • As of Thursday (1-21-10), The Salvation Army had raised more than $5.9 million for relief efforts.
  • Donors can text the word HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts via their phone bill. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, “yes.”
  • Monetary donations can also be made through:
    • This website and via PayPal
    • 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • The Salvation Army World Service Office
      International Disaster Relief Fund
      PO Box 630728
      Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
      (Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief)
  • Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel who were affected by the earthquake are now working to assist others in need.

  • The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.
  • All photos, video and other material on this website are free for public and media distribution.

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February 3: Notes from Haiti’s Disaster Zone

February 4, 2010
3rd February
written by Laura
Major Kelly Ponstler holds the newest baby girl born in The Salvation Army clinic in Haiti.Major Kelly Pontsler holds the newest baby girl born in The Salvation Army clinic in Haiti.

Major Kelly Pontsler, Public Information Officer for the Haiti Incident Command Team, delivered another updated, personal account of The Salvation Army’s ongoing aid efforts yesterday in the Port-au-Prince area that included new workers transitioning in and the arrival of a newborn girl!

Major Pontsler described part of her job focus as consolidating key information, such as contacts, resources, and many other details, since the urgency in the time immediately following the disaster required a lot of “shooting from the hip.” As personnel leave or move about in Haiti, her efforts will help prevent important information from being lost in the shuffle and centralize it for all those continuing to work over the long term.

With internal and external communication still being difficult in Haiti due to the damaged infrastructure and other unmet needs, even simple emails from Salvation Army officers such as Major Pontsler provide a unique, intimate look into the relief work and state of Haiti (rather than the broad stories run on every news network) that we would not otherwise have.

Below are excerpts of her most recent correspondence:

“ These have been two very busy days.  Yesterday we saw the arrival of five new people – and the departure of three of the medical doctors.  I must say, the doctors did truly amazing service for two weeks!  Major (Dr) Cindy Lou Drummond, Col. (Dr) Herb Rader and Dr Steve Fischer are truly missed.  They have been in the ‘war zone’….landing in so quickly after the earthquake to treat people with all kinds of ailments and physical conditions.  They certainly have the respect of this command team!

But change is change – so it has been a day for getting the new people up to speed, perhaps more sitting and waiting than they were hoping for on the first day.  But a day to transition in is good – they will all hit the ground running tomorrow…”

“I had a chance for a quick walk through the camp which sits adjacent to the current Division Headquarters (DHQ) property, for which we are responsible.  About 3100 families reside there, in conditions that are difficult to describe.  The spaces are small, the clusters of people very dense, throw in the smells of cooking food, poor sanitation and humanity in general, and mix it together with heat and humidity…and you have just a hint of the reality.

There really is no room for tents in there.  These are more like what we’ve probably call lean-to dwellings.  We are still waiting for proper toilets to get installed – but they were able to arrange for some showers.  Mind you, a few blocks of showers and toilets don’t go far when there are some 16,000+ people in the camp.  I read today that Port au Prince (PAP) will need at least 7,000 toilets to begin to deal with the sanitation and reduce the risk of disease.  That’s a lot of toilets!  And I think for the first go around we are getting help to set up something like a dozen.  It is going to take some time.

“The highlight of the day was saying hello to newborn #5 at the Army clinic here.  A little baby girl made her way into the world about 8 am this morning, in the compound outside the clinic.  Her mom and family are now living in the camp.  But she is a gorgeous little baby.  She didn’t have a name yet when I went to visit, but her mom gave us permission to take a photo.”

Major Pontsler also said DHQ was damaged beyond repair and is renting offices in a building where the Incident Command office has also been moved. Despite these setbacks, she reports, “The ministry of the Haiti Division has not stopped.”

She closes with an important request. If you’ve been wondering how you can support our workers in the field, this one’s for you:

“Your prayers and thoughts for everyone serving here are much appreciated!  The Salvation Army is serving phenomenally well – and we sense God’s hand every day.  Please pray for good health for the team, for quick assimilation of the newest team members…. and for wisdom for the command leadership, as they start to think further done the road now.”

For more information on what The Salvation Army is doing in Haiti, visit our  Haiti website at

You can also stay updated on our efforts by visiting our national website at or following us on  Facebook and Twitter.

Haiti Emergency Responses – The first few Days

February 2, 2010

Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel,Resources to Aid

with Haiti Relief Salvation Army school, clinic damaged;

staff on-site organizing emergency response

The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.

One of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that’s home to predominantly poor living in the nation’s capital. According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe aftershocks continued to affect the country.

The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.

The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.

The Salvation Army’s World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA, has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency supplies, to assist in the recovery.

The organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term needs of the residents.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees throughout the country,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via,, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate donations “Haiti Earthquake.”
Devastation in Haiti

Words cannot begin to describe the devastation that has taken place in Port au Prince, Haiti.
I am the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Haiti, and I am from the United States. My wife and I have been in PAP since April, and have fallen deeply in love with the country and it’s people.

When the earthquake struck, I was driving down the mountain from Petionville. Our truck was being tossed to and fro like a toy, and when it stopped, I looked out the windows to see buildings “pancaking” down, like I have never witnessed before. Traffic, of course, came to a stand-still, while thousands of people poured out into the streets, crying, carrying bloody bodies, looking for anyone who could help them. We piled as many bodies into the back of our truck, and took them down the hill with us, hoping to find medical attention. All of them were older, scared, bleeding, and terrified. It took about 2 hours to go less than 1 mile. Traffic was horrible, devastation was everywhere, and suffering humanity was front and center.

When we could drive no further, we left the truck parked on the side of the street, and walked the remaining 2 miles to get back to the Army compound. What I found was very sad! All of the security walls were down. The Children’s Home itself seems pretty intact, but our quarters, which is attached, are destroyed. Unliveable. The walls and ceiling are still standing – but so badly compromised that I wouldn’t even think of trying to stay there. All of the children, and hundreds of neighbors, are sleeping in our playground area tonight. Occasionally, there is another tremor – another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity. And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.

As I am sitting outside now, with most people trying to get a little sleep, I can hear the moans and crys of the neighbors. One of our staff went to a home in the neighborhood, to try to be of assistance to the woman who lived there. But she was too late.

The scene will be repeated over and over again. Tomorrow, we will begin the process of assessing damage, learning about casualties, and preparing for the future.

God bless Haiti.


David Ebel Reply by David Ebel on January 14, 2010

Published: January 13, 2010

New York Times Article on Haiti 01/13/10

s residents, rich and poor, from shantytowns to the presidential palace, in the devastating earthquake that struck late Tuesday afternoon.

Calling the death toll “unimaginable” as he surveyed the wreckage, Haiti’s president, René Préval, said he had no idea where he would sleep. Schools, hospitals and a prison collapsed. Sixteen United Nations peacekeepers were killed and at least 140 United Nations workers were missing, including the chief of its mission, Hédi Annabi. The city’s archbishop, Msgr. Joseph Serge Miot, was feared dead.

And the poor who define this nation squatted in the streets, some hurt and bloody, many more without food and water, close to piles of covered corpses and rubble.

Limbs protruded from disintegrated concrete, muffled cries emanated from deep inside the wrecks of buildings — many of them poorly constructed in the first place — as Haiti struggled to grasp the unknown toll from its worst earthquake in more than 200 years.

In the midst of the chaos, no one was able to offer an estimate of the number of people who had been killed or injured, though there was widespread concern that there were likely to be thousands of casualties.

“Please save my baby!” Jeudy Francia, a woman in her 20s, shrieked outside the St.-Esprit Hospital in the city. Her child, a girl about 4 years old, writhed in pain in the hospital’s chaotic courtyard, near where a handful of corpses lay under white blankets. “There is no one, nothing, no medicines, no explanations for why my daughter is going to die.”

Governments and aid agencies from Beijing to Grand Rapids began marshaling supplies and staffs to send here, though the obstacles proved frustrating just one day after the powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit. Power and phone service were out. Flights were severely limited at Port-au-Prince’s main airport, telecommunications were barely functioning, operations at the port were shut down and most of the medical facilities had been severely damaged, if not leveled.

A Red Cross field team of officials from several nations had to spend Wednesday night in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to gather its staff before taking the six-hour drive in the morning across the border to the earthquake zone.

“We were on the plane here with a couple of different agencies, and they all are having similar challenges of access,” Colin Chaperon, a field director for the American Red Cross, said in a telephone interview. “There is a wealth of resources out there, and everybody has the good will to go in and support the Haitian Red Cross.”

The quake struck just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, ravaging the infrastructure of Haiti’s fragile government and destroying some of its most important cultural symbols.

“Parliament has collapsed,” Mr. Préval told The Miami Herald. “The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed. There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them.”

He added: “All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe.”

President Obama promised that Haiti would have the “unwavering support” of the United States.

Mr. Obama said that United States aid agencies were moving swiftly to get help to Haiti and that search-and-rescue teams were en route. He described the reports of destruction as “truly heart-wrenching,” made more cruel given Haiti’s long-troubled circumstances. Mr. Obama did not make a specific aid pledge, and administration officials said they were still trying to figure out what the nation needed. But he urged Americans to go to the White House’s Web site,, to find ways to donate money.

“This is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share,” Mr. Obama said, speaking in the morning in the White House diplomatic reception room with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at his side.

Aid agencies said they would open their storehouses of food and water in Haiti, and the World Food Program was flying in nearly 100 tons of ready-to-eat meals and high-energy biscuits from El Salvador. The United Nations said it was freeing up $10 million in emergency relief money, the European Union pledged $4.4 million and groups like Doctors Without Borders were setting up clinics in tents and open-air triage centers to treat the injured.

Supplies began filtering in from the Dominican Republic as charter flights were restarted between Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince.

Some aid groups with offices in Port-au-Prince were also busy searching for their own dead and missing.

Sixteen members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti were killed and as many as 100 other United Nations employees were missing after the collapse of the mission’s headquarters in the Christopher Hotel in the hills above Port-au-Prince.

Forty or more other United Nations employees were missing at a sprawling compound occupied by United Nations agencies. Ten additional employees had been in a villa nearby.

It was one of the deadliest single days for United Nations employees. The head of the group’s Haitian mission, Mr. Annabi, a Tunisian, and his deputy were among the missing, said Alain Le Roy, the United Nations peacekeeping chief.

The Brazilian Army said 11 of its soldiers had been killed. During a driving tour of the capital on Wednesday, Bernice Robertson, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, said she saw at least 30 bodies, most covered with plastic bags or sheets. She also witnessed heroic recovery efforts. “There are people digging with their hands, searching for people in the rubble,” she said in a video interview via Skype. “There was unimaginable destruction.”

Paul McPhun, operations manager for Doctors Without Borders, described scenes of chaos.

When staff members tried to travel by car, “they were mobbed by crowds of people,” Mr. McPhun said. “They just want help, and anybody with a car is better off than they are.”

Contaminated drinking water is a longstanding problem in Haiti, causing high rates of illness that put many people in the hospital. Providing sanitation and clean water is one of the top priorities for aid organizations.

More than 30 significant aftershocks of a 4.5 magnitude or higher rattled Haiti through Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, according to Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey. “We’ve seen a lot of shaking still happening,” she said.

David Wald, a seismologist with the Geological Survey, said that an earthquake of this strength had not struck Haiti in more than 200 years, a fact apparently based on contemporaneous accounts. The most powerful one to strike the country in recent years measured 6.7 magnitude in 1984.

Bob Poff, a Salvation Army official, described in a written account posted on the Salvation Army’s Web site how he had loaded injured victims — “older, scared, bleeding and terrified” — into the back of his truck and set off in search of help.

In two hours, he managed to travel less than a mile, he said.

The account described how Mr. Poff and hundreds of neighbors spent Tuesday night outside in a playground. Every tremor sent ripples of fear through the survivors, providing “another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity,” he wrote.

He continued, “And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.”

Louise Ivers, the clinical director of the aid group Partners in Health, said in an e-mail message to her colleagues: “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. S O S. S O S … Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”

Photos from Haiti on Wednesday showed a hillside scraped nearly bare of its houses, which had tumbled into the ravine below.

Simon Romero reported from Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Reporting was contributed by Marc Lacey and Elisabeth Malkin from Mexico City, Ginger Thompson and Brian Knowlton from Washington, Neil MacFarquhar, Denise Grady and Liz Robbins from New York, and Mery Galanternick from Rio de Janeiro.

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David Ebel Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 8:15pm DeleteHaiti: OCHA Situation Report #3

Posted by Hal Newman • January 14, 2010

Distribution of aid is underway, with larger-scale work expected in the coming days as supplies arrive in-country.

• The priority for assistance is search-and-rescue assistance, including teams with vital heavy-lifting equipment, and medical assistance and supplies.

• Coordination of assistance is vital. The UN Disaster and Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) team and OCHA coordination teams are on the ground. They are coordinating the arrival of search and rescue and other assistance at the airport.

• Six Urban Search and Rescue teams have arrived. An additional 21 teams are due to arrive by the end of today.

• Access to people in need is difficult due to debris and obstacles on the roads.


A helicopter assessment by the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) found some areas with 50 percent destruction or serious damage, with many buildings completely collapsed. Full damage assessments will take days to complete. Port-au-Prince and other urban centres, such as Jacmel and Carrefour, are affected. The estimated population of Port-au-Prince is 2.8 million, with some 3.5 million people living in areas affected by strong shaking from the earthquake.

Casualty numbers are increasing at medical facilities. Many victims have been left in the open or are still trapped in rubble. The death toll remains unknown. A three-level hospital has collapsed and the remaining hospitals are no longer admitting patients due to lack of capacity.

There is no water supply. Communications are down and there is no electricity. Authorities have warned of looting and other crimes, in parallel to media reports that convicted criminals have escaped from a prison, which also collapsed. So far, the security situation remains calm.

The first priority for the humanitarian response is urgent search-and-rescue assistance, including teams with vital heavy-lifting equipment, and medical assistance and supplies. Food, clean water and sanitation, and emergency shelter are also critical. Needs are expected to increase in the short term as assessments take place.

Populations are gathering in open spaces and others are leaving Port-au-Prince for regions in Haiti that may not be able to assist with a population influx.

The airport is only operational for humanitarian and military flights. Lack of fuel and the lack of support for offloading relief goods are major constraints. Aircraft must be able to return on their own fuel. MINUSTAH began positioning trucks and forklifts at the airport today.

The port is not operational, with all three cranes destroyed. Traffic congestion and debris in the streets are impeding general movement and rescue efforts.

Nine of the 13-person UNDAC team have arrived in country. One UNDAC member is being deployed to Santo Domingo to set up and run the coordination effort, relief teams and supplies coming through the Dominican Republic.

The Humanitarian Coordinator and most UN agencies, including OCHA, have relocated to a logistics base near the airport. UNDAC and the Iceland and US Search-and-Rescue teams have set up a reception centre at the airport to assist with coordinating the many incoming teams and humanitarian aid. Base camps are being deployed to accommodate international teams.

The Prime Minister is coordinating Government relief efforts. The Government is setting up an operations site close to the airport. The UNDAC team will provide telecommunications and logistics support to the Government.

Humanitarian Needs & Response

The five clusters that have been mobilized so far have met in-country. These are Logistics (WFP); Shelter/Non-Food Items (IOM); WatSan (UNICEF); Health (WHO); and Food (WFP). Given the scale of the disaster and the toll this has taken on local capacity, global cluster leads have been asked to prioritize coordination capacity for the response and deploy dedicated cluster coordinators to support coordination on the ground.

The Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has deployed a 12-person Field Assessment Coordination Team, five of whom have arrived in-country. Ten Emergency Response Units have been deployed with mobile basic health care, water and sanitation kits, and telecommunications equipment.

Search and Rescue Six Urban Search and Rescue Teams have arrived. An additional 21 teams are due to arrive by the end of the day. Search and rescue activities are being conducted in Villa Prive, Christopher and Montana.

Health Experts from the PAHO/WHO Regional Disaster Response team arrived in the Dominican Republic and were to travel to Haiti today. Supplies have been released from PROMESS, the pharmaceutical warehouse of Haiti’s Ministry of Health. Trauma kits to care for 500 victims for 10 days are on their way. PAHO/WHO has advanced $200,000 from its disaster response fund to initiate immediate critical activities. A second ICRC plane carrying 40 tonnes of supplies – mainly medical items – is expected to leave Geneva this afternoon. The cargo will include specialized kits to help treat the wounded and a kit sufficient to cover the basic health needs of 10,000 people over a period of three months. The plane will carry 3,000 body bags and materials such as one tonne of chlorine that can be used for water treatment. It is due to arrive in or near Port-au-Prince on Friday. Yesterday, ICRC staff based in Port-au-Prince were able to visit several public hospitals that are still functioning, and started to provide them and Haitian Red Cross headquarters with emergency medical supplies stockpiled before the disaster struck. The supplies included medicines and other medical items needed to treat about 200 hospitalized surgical patients and basic drugs for 1,000 patients with general health problems.


The Food Aid Cluster is working on the presumption that two thirds of those affected are in need of food assistance. Therefore, the cluster is working towards meeting the needs of 2 million people. Given the lack of water and cooking facilities, there is an immediate need for ready-to-eat foods for an initial seven-day period.

Based on this, an estimated 14,000 mt of food and 160 mt of high-energy biscuits are needed. WFP food distributions began on 13 January in Jacmel for approximately 3,000 people located around the airport. Distributions in Port-au-Prince are ongoing today. There are military escorts for a further 2,900 beneficiaries in three locations: Place Boyer, Villa Creole and Primature. These have been identified as areas where large numbers of people are concentrated.


IOM has started the distribution of non-food items including tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, water containers and bladders, and some shelter material. IOM has enough stock in the country to assist an estimated 10,000 families, but a far greater level of support is needed. IOM will lead the coordination of emergency shelter and non-food emergency relief aid among humanitarian actors responding to the disaster. The Shelter Cluster will include camp management and will develop an NFI tracking matrix to assess available equipment. It will publish assessment forms for camps that have been established and will circulate them tomorrow to its partners.


A cargo plane carrying $500,000 worth of supplies from the UNICEF landed in-country, bringing with it enough oral rehydration salts, water purifications tablets, tarpaulins and tents to provide temporary housing for 10,000 people. A second plane is due to land today with blankets, tents and jerry cans. The UNICEF Dominican Republic Country Office will initially be used as the emergency response hub. UNICEF Panama has available basic emergency material, such as water purification tablets, 10-litre water collapsible containers, trauma kits and refills, tents, education kits, recreation kits, and satellite telecommunication systems. Two flights from the Red Cross and WFP will be dispatched from Panama to the Dominican Republic with supplies.The existing UNICEF WASH team, now in Port-au-Prince, has taken over from UNDP on coordination.


The airport is operational for humanitarian and military flights. Air Traffic Control is responding to incoming aircraft, but with limited capabilities. There is very limited aircraft-handling capacity. Boeing 757s can land. The airstrip is 141-feet wide. The US Air Force is on location at Port-au-Prince airport.

WFP has deployed seven logistics staff to help support relief efforts through the activation of the Logistics Cluster.

Emergency Telecommunications

MINUSTAH will provide ICT infrastructures and support to the humanitarian community in main operational areas. To guarantee additional services to the humanitarian community, WFP will lead the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster by providing coordinating functions, mainly to NGOs as well as ETC services in additional areas setup for relief operations.

Three IT emergency responders departed on Wednesday night from Dubai and Rome. They will transit through Panama to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Friday morning. They have equipment to re-establish basic communication facilities and initiate inter-agency services. Two IT officers are already in Port-au-Prince doing IT assessment work. Five more people are on standby. Additional equipment is being prepared in Dubai to join a flight scheduled to depart in the next 36 hours. Equipment will include solar panels, generators, laptops and wireless equipment to augment the first batch. Inter-agency teleconferences are being held regularly to ensure relevant information is shared among the clusters, and to inform humanitarian IT counterparts how to request and access WFP services in Haiti.


FAO is active in Port-au-Prince and is implementing a $25 million food production programme. FAO is preparing to provide assistance in affected areas as well as in rural areas where an influx of people from Port-au-Prince is expected. The aim is to be ready to provide agricultural inputs and technical assistance for the upcoming March planting season. FAO is preparing needs assessment missions to that effect in the coming days as part of the immediate agriculture and food security priorities.


MINUSTAH has established an Emergency Joint Operations Center to coordinate support to the overall humanitarian effort, which will likely be considerable in the coming days. UNDAC and the Iceland and US Search-and-Rescue teams have set up a reception centre at the airport.

Britain has sent 64 firefighters and 8 SAR personnel. Canada has deployed transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and the DART team. The

Netherlands has sent a 60-person SAR team. Spain has sent 3 planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.

Sweden has sent tents, water purification gear, and medical assistance. The US has sent 3500 soldiers, 300 medical personnel, 1 aircraft carrier and 3 amphibious ships.

In-kind donations:
From the private sector side, OCHA has received offers of medical supplies and practitioners; water equipment and supplies (Siemens and two other companies); generators and equipment to move rubble (Caterpillar – supplies in the Dominican Republic); logistical support (DHL, Maersk shipping and a third company has offered planes); and emergency telecommunications (Ericsson).
Several initiatives are being undertaken by private corporations to raise funds for charities in Haiti and also provide services. These include large corporations in North America such as Digicel Group; National Bank of Canada; FedEx Corp; UPS; Kraft; 3M; Scotiabank; General Motors; Campbell Soup; Wells Fargo; Wal-Mart; Lowes; American Airlines; ConAgra and Google Inc.

All humanitarian partners, including donors and recipient agencies, are encouraged to inform FTS of cash and in-kind contributions by sending an email to:

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 9:40pm

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is accepting search requests for loved ones affected by the earthquake. For those who would like to put in a request that SATERN personnel attempt to locate a loved one, fill out and submit an online health and welfare information form at . Approximately 300+ requests have already been submitted.

SATERN is a group of 4200+ amateur radio operators scattered throughout North America and the rest of the world who help assist with disaster operations by communicating via high frequency radio networks.

SATERN said there have been significant challenges to establishing searches and gathering information about Haiti because all communication lines within the country are down, preventing the radio operators from being able to take action on the health and welfare requests they’ve received so far. Any information they’ve received about the state of the devastated country has come from maritime ships and other nations around Haiti.

The volunteer organization has a radio operator heading to the country next Friday to set up a radio station, which will be the first step in establishing significant two way communication out of Haiti. There will also be two teams from the Dominican Republic and a medical team heading to Haiti within the week.

SATERN operator Pat McPherson couldn’t estimate how long it would take to get the radio station and an established line of communication set up. In the 21 years he’s been working with SATERN, he described the situation in Haiti as “the most challenging he’d ever seen” due to the massive devastation. He also noted, “Usually when something goes bad, there are operators around the area that was hit, but Haiti didn’t have very many amateur operators to begin with, and that’s part of the challenge.”

Thank you to all the SATERN volunteers who are working around the clock to help those who are looking for their loved ones affected by the earthquake in Haiti. For more information on SATERN, visit their website at

Updates on Disaster Relief:

For more information on what The Salvation Army is doing in Haiti, visit our national website at or The Salvation Army Haiti at You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Donate:

To donate directly to the Salvation Army’s Haiti relief efforts , visit our secure online donations page. You can also donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, texting ‘HAITI’ to 52000, or sending a check or money order to: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 (*Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief*).
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Chris Schwartz Permalink Reply by Chris Schwartz on January 15, 2010 at 12:36am
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My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti and those visiting the Country. I am also keeping those who are responding in my thoughts and prayers as well. Many of those responding are in my educational program and my field of work.

I watched the news and could only watch it for a short period of time as it breaks my heart to see what they are going through.

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 15, 2010 at 12:47am
I have been added to the ready to respond team for The Salvation Army in Haiti. No times or details are available yet…but soon as they do….I will keep you all posted.
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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 16, 2010 at 9:41am
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I also have been added the the ready to respond team for The Salvation Army in Haiti. Don’t know just when but will keep everone advised as to when I leave.
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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 1:50pm
30 Americans injured while responding to Haiti

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 1:54pm
Message from FEMA (as posted on the USFRA site)
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. President Obama has instructed the federal government to undertake a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives in Haiti, and FEMA continues to support USAID and others in those efforts.

On behalf of FEMA Administrator Fugate, I’d like remind you that FEMA is supporting USAID’s efforts in Haiti with search and rescue teams, communications and coordination support, and relief supplies and commodities. As you well know, state, local, and tribal responders are the foundation of our nation’s search and rescue teams. I know the President and Secretary Napolitano share my gratitude for the commitment and dedication shown by these responders.

State, local, and tribal governments with goods and services to offer to the relief effort in Haiti should direct their offers to Responders are reminded to please not attempt self-dispatch to Haiti; USAID and the State Department are coordinating the deployment of resources to Haiti and responders should deploy only if tasked to do so.

The most urgent need that we can all fulfill at this time is to support ongoing disaster relief fundraising efforts. To help, I urge you to go online to to find relief organizations supporting the response in Haiti and make a contribution to support the disaster relief efforts.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment.

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David Ebel Permalink Reply by David Ebel on January 18, 2010 at 2:02pm
What is being done? Check this link and see what most of the responding agencies are doing.

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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 19, 2010 at 11:47am
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Jan. 19 Update: Aid by the Numbers19th January 2010 written by Laura
Though there is still overwhelming need in Haiti, the good news is relief workers are finally being able to reach Port-au-Prince without dealing with as massive delays or outrageous rerouting as experienced immediately following the earthquake.

That allowed for:

– a 14-person American medical team of 8 doctors and six nurses to arrive in Haiti Sunday and administer care in Port-au-Prince Monday.

– An additional 2 doctors and 5 international emergency management personnel from the U.K and Canada to arrive in Haiti Monday morning.

– 2 doctors and 1 nurse to visit an unreached orphanage and administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants and young children.

– nearly 200 people, including 100 orphans, to receive medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

– 7,000 people to receive food in less than 2 hours from Salvation Army officers and staff. The provisions are enough to supply 1 individual with 5 days of food!

Also to come:

– A cargo plane with critically needed medical and relief supplies departed for Haiti Monday evening.

– Additional planes are expected to leave today (Tuesday).

– A Salvation Army Haitian Relief Team is bringing a water filtration system that will be able to purify up to 10,000 gallons of water per day.

To help get out supplies and personnel out as quickly as possible, a Salvation Army base of operations has been set up in south Florida to act as a supply line to the country where food, water, medical equipment, fuel, and other supplies are scarce and desperately needed by both earthquake victims and relief workers.

Your financial support is urgently needed to be able to continue relief efforts. Monetary donations are our most crucial need and can be made through:

* and via PayPal
* Text ‘HAITI’ to 52000 and confirm ‘Yes’
* 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief

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Bob Atkinson Permalink Reply by Bob Atkinson on January 20, 2010 at 1:07pm
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Hope in the Midst of Despair
Salvation Army relief teams continue to offer support in Haiti
January 20, 2010

The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda continues to serve the victims in Haiti as a part of its disaster response plan. In cooperation with Salvation Army teams from the United States and the United Kingdom, 7,000 Haitians were given a five-day supply of food on Monday and hundreds more, including infants and orphans received medical care from Salvation Army doctors.
A Canadian team is now on the ground, assisting with relief efforts and participating in long-term planning. A supply line from south Florida to Port-au-Prince has been established to deliver aid and supplies, allowing for the delivery of more than 2 million meals by next week.
A 14-person medical team continues to provide care to hundreds, suturing wounds and treating broken bones. At the Army’s orphanage, two doctors and a nurse were able to administer formula and oral electrolyte solution to dozens of orphans left with nothing following the earthquake.
Although severely suffering from the effects of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated much of Haiti a week ago, The Salvation Army in that country has been fully mobilized in reaching out to help others. The initial response has been aimed at helping people survive. This life-saving effort concentrates on getting food, water and shelter to as many people as possible and has involved more than 700 Salvation Army personnel from Haiti.
The local Salvation Army emergency response is being supported by international Salvation Army teams which have assisted in setting up staging areas in Kingston, Jamaica, and south Florida, USA, and arranging logistics on the ground in Port-au-Prince. The supply lines established have already helped deliver skilled disaster relief workers, medical teams and supplies to those who have been affected.
On January 19, a one-week supply of food was given to 6,000 families. This is just a drop in the bucket compared to the enormous population still awaiting food and water. One million prepared meals should arrive from the USA today.
At International Headquarters (IHQ) in London and in various countries throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the USA and Canada, The Salvation Army is working with corporate partners and vendors to send bulk food, quantities of pre-packaged meals, bottled water, tents, lanterns and other supplies, along with several 15,000-gallon water purification units and multiple mobile hospitals.
Once the emergency situation becomes stabilized, Salvation Army teams will be able to turn their attention to the long task of recovery and rebuilding. However, this will be some time in occurring as urgent life-saving needs require the full attention of all available Salvation Army emergency personnel.
The initial international Salvation Army assessment team arrived in Haiti on Friday 15 January and has worked with the Haitian government and the US military to gain clearance for relief flights to the airport in Port-au-Prince. In addition, the team is working with the local military, the Jamaica Defence Force and the United Nations to arrange transportation, security and delivery of supplies. Subsequently, teams from IHQ, Canada and the UK have assisted in preparing command and distribution centres.
On Sunday 17 January a 14-person Salvation Army medical team from the USA, including eight doctors, arrived in Port-au-Prince with medical supplies. This is the forerunner of a number of other teams that will be arriving from around the world.
Also on Sunday more than 1,000 people attended open-air church worship in Port-au-Prince. The territorial commander reports: ‘We had a great meeting in the school yard as we cannot use the hall which is badly damaged. Sixty people publicly responded to a call to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour.’
According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port-au-Prince, no one in the main Salvation Army compound was injured during the earthquake, even though the Salvation Army children’s home, school, clinic and corps building (church) on the site suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations centre as damage to it was slight. Some vehicles from Haiti Divisional Headquarters were damaged. Bethel Clinic, a Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres – 75 miles west of Port-au-Prince – reports some minor damage but no injuries.
Thousands of people have made their home in a large football field behind the Salvation Army compound. The emergency teams are concentrating much of their efforts towards these people. There have been several minor quakes in recent days – one measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale – and many buildings are still unsafe.
Colonel Onal Castor (Territorial Commander, Caribbean Territory), who is with the team in Haiti, reports that all Salvation Army officers – active and retired – are alive. He says, ‘We have been concerned for our cadets [studying at the territory’s training college in Kingston, Jamaica], most of whom are Haitian and desperately trying to make contact with their families. It seems that they have had no loss of lives in their families. We have lost several soldiers from Port-au-Prince Corps – among them Corps Sergeant-Major Mesguere Anglade, who was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the General during his recent visit to Haiti.’
Although The Salvation Army’s La Maison du Bonheur Children’s Home sustained damage it continues to care for 52 children and is preparing to receive 135 babies and small children from another orphanage in the countryside. Responding to a request posted on The Salvation Army’s Caribbean website, two members of the emergency team went into the countryside and found 30 infants under the age of five months holed up in the back of a tractor trailer with no food or water since the earthquake. The children are now being transported to Port-au-Prince for ongoing care.
Salvation Army teams have grave concerns for the countryside areas as Port-au-Prince is the hub for the whole country. Now that the supplies from this ’service centre’ have been disrupted it will be just a matter of time before fuel and food in the outlying areas runs out. Some Salvation Army centres have solar energy but most depend on diesel generators. The territorial commander has been promised the use of a helicopter to allow him and the divisional commander to visit locations outside the Port-au-Prince area that have also been badly damaged, including Petit Goave, Jacmel and Bellamie.
Please support The Salvation Army’s relief effort in Haiti. Financial contributions can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by visiting our website,, by mailing donations to The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund.

More Haiti Children Left Vulnerable

February 2, 2010

Haiti’s Children Left Vulnerable to Trafficking in Earthquake Aftermath

January 29th, 2010

As a result of Haiti’s recent earthquake, there are many obvious threats survivors must face in the aftermath, such as malnutrition, dehydration, lack of shelter, and rampant disease.But there is another enemy less obvious to the naked eye far that’s far more sinister than these afflictions – human trafficking. In the wake of natural disasters, the breakdown of rule of law, extreme poverty, and increased vulnerability all contribute to a surge in human trafficking, especially targeted towards young children who are the most vulnerable of the population.

Haiti is no exception. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN in an interview that child trafficking is one of the country’s most significant problems, even without the added stresses caused by the earthquake. It is estimated that every year a quarter million children are reported trafficked within the country.

Now, as the country struggles to rebuild, children face an even greater risk of being sold for sex, slave labor, or their organs. Prime Minister Bellerive says many culprits pose as organizations falsely claiming to want to save children from the streets and send them to the United States. He is working to register displaced children in Haiti so that the government can account for the children and return them to their relatives if they have any or place them with new families. Trafficking dangers are another reason why Haiti is
thoroughly verifying adoption papers before orphans leave the country.

The Salvation Army has been named the lead agency of some 20,000 homeless Haitians living in make-shift shelters and tents near our main compound in Port-au-Prince. As a part of serving as lead agency, we are registering individuals and families settled in this area, in part, to help battle the exploitation of children and vulnerable individuals. The Salvation Army is also rapidly dispensing food, water, supplies, and medical treatment; re-opening schools closed by the earthquake; and offering church-related activities and services in a safe setting in efforts to rebuild and secure the devastated communities.

For more information on how The Salvation Army is working specifically to eradicate human trafficking, visit our national website at y

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Haiti On The News

February 2, 2010

Haiti PM: US Baptists knew removing kids was wrong

Two Haitian police officers sit next to Charisa Coulter, 24, of Boise, Idaho, AP – Two Haitian police officers sit next to Charisa Coulter, 24, of Boise, Idaho, one of the 10 Americans …

By BEN FOX and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press Writers Ben Fox And Frank Bajak, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 46 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s prime minister said Monday that 10 Americans who tried to take a busload of undocumented Haitian children out of the country knew that “what they were doing was wrong,” and could be prosecuted in the United States.

Prime Minister Max Bellerive told The Associated Press that his country is open to having the Americans face U.S. justice, since most government buildings — including Haiti’s courts — were crippled by the monster earthquake.

“It is clear now that they were trying to cross the border without papers. It is clear now that some of the children have live parents,” Bellerive said. “And it is clear now that they knew what they were doing was wrong.”

If they were acting in good faith — as the Americans claim — “perhaps the courts will try to be more lenient with them,” he said.

U.S. Embassy officials would not say whether Washington would accept hosting judicial proceedings for the Americans, who are mostly from Idaho. For now, the case remains firmly in Haitian hands, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in Washington.

“Once we know all the facts, we will determine what the appropriate course is, but the judgment is really up to the Haitian government,” he said.

Haitian officials insist some prosecution is needed to help deter child trafficking, which many fear will flourish in the chaos caused by the devastating Jan. 12 quake. The government and aid groups are still struggling to get food, water, shelter and basic health care to hundreds of thousands of survivors, and many parents are desperate to get help for their children.

U.S. diplomats have had “unlimited” access to the 10 detainees, and will monitor any court proceedings, said Crowley. They have not yet been charged.

Members of the church group insisted they were only trying to save abandoned and traumatized children — but appeared to lack any significant experience with Haiti, international charity work or international adoption regulations.

After their arrest Friday near the border, the church group members were placed in two small concrete rooms in the same judicial police headquarters building where ministers have makeshift offices and give disaster response briefings.

“There is no air conditioning, no electricity. It is very disturbing,” Attorney Jorge Puello told the AP by phone from the Dominican Republic, where the Baptists hoped to shelter the children in a rented beach hotel.

One of the Americans, Charisa Coulter of Boise, Idaho, was treated Monday at a field hospital for either dehydration or the flu. Looking pale as she lay on a green Army cot, the 24-year-old Coulter, was being guarded by two Haitian police officers.

“They’re treating me pretty good,” she said. “I’m not concerned. I’m pretty confident that it will all work out.”

Investigators have been trying to determine how the Americans got the children, and whether any of the traffickers that have plagued the impoverished country were involved.

Puello said they came from a collapsed orphanage. Their detained spokeswoman, Laura Silsby, said they were “just trying to do the right thing,” but she conceded she had not obtained the required passports, birth certificates and adoption certificates for them — a near impossible challenge in the post-quake mayhem.

Bellerive said that without the documents, the children were unlikely to reach the United States, as some of their families might have hoped.

The 33 kids, ranging in age from 2 months to 12 years, arrived with their names written in tape on their shirts at a children’s home where some told aid workers they have surviving parents. Haitian officials said they were trying to reunite them.

“One (9-year-old) girl was crying, and saying, ‘I am not an orphan. I still have my parents.’ And she thought she was going on a summer camp or a boarding school or something like that,” said George Willeit, a spokesman for SOS Children’s Village, which runs the orphanage where they were taken.

The prime minister said some of those parents may have knowingly given their kids to the Americans in hopes they would reach the United States — a not uncommon wish for poor families in a country that already had an estimated 380,000 orphans before the quake.

Haiti’s overwhelmed government has halted all adoptions unless they were in motion before the earthquake amid fears that parentless or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to being seized and sold. Sex trafficking has been rampant in Haiti. Bellerive’s personal authorization is now required for the departure of any child.

The arrested Americans’ churches are part of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, which has extensive humanitarian programs worldwide, but they decided to mount their own “rescue mission” following the earthquake.

Also Monday:

• U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the U.S. military would fly critically ill quake survivors to patients in several states to avoid overloading Florida. The flights had stalled for five days due to concerns over space and costs in U.S. hospitals. Earlier, in Haiti, U.S. Army Col. Gregory Kane said the flights had resumed Sunday night. But the military later said there were no flights until Monday.

• In Washington, the American Red Cross said a waiting list of 1,000 flights for Haiti’s airport is limiting delivery of relief supplies.

• In Haiti’s first organized political demonstration since the quake, hundreds of people demanded that President Rene Preval resign. Participants called for the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former priest who was ousted in a 2004 rebellion. The rally was organized by Aristide supporters.

• A U.S. Navy carrier left Haiti after delivering about 500 tons of humanitarian aid. The USS Carl Vinson arrived off the Haitian coast three days after the quake. Its personnel evacuated 435 patients and its 19 helicopters flew more than 1,000 hours to support the relief operation. Ten of those choppers will remain in Haiti.

• Haiti announced “Operation Demolition,” an effort to demolish all collapsed buildings — public and private, commercial and residential. The declaration by Aby Brun, an architect and member of the government’s reconstruction team, followed comments by President Rene Preval that Haiti can take advantage of the catastrophe to reverse the trend of migration to Port-au-Prince. “We will destroy in an orderly and secure manner,” Brun said.

• Many schools in Haiti’s outlying provinces, which were not as affected by the quake, reopened Monday, and more provincial schools will reopen Feb. 8, the government said. It could take months for classes to resume in the hard-hit capital, where the disaster may have ended formal education altogether for many youngsters.

“They’ve cut off my leg,” said Billie Flon, 9. He said he can’t go back to school because his house was destroyed and he needs to beg for money.

Associated Press writers Michelle Faul and Paisley Dodds in Port-au-Prince,
 and Matthew Lee in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

Doctors Plead For Medical Supplies

US Resumes Haiti Medical Evacuations