Statement on World Vision food aid in Haiti
Washington, DC, July 28, 2008—As Haiti’s poor continue to struggle under higher global food prices, Christian aid agency World Vision has expanded its ongoing emergency food aid distributions thanks to two recent grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Since March 2008, continuous distributions by the Christian humanitarian organization have provided nearly 92,000 vulnerable people with vitamin-fortified food rations supplied by USAID—through its Multi-Year Activity Plan (MYAP) grant and the Single-Year Assistance Program (SYAP) grant. World Vision was awarded a five-year MYAP grant in February and a seven-month SYAP grant in May.
Some 3,200 of these are new beneficiaries who have also been receiving rations from World Vision since July 2, thanks to a new shipment of food from USAID’s emergency Single-Year Assistance Program (SYAP) grant. The SYAP aims to address Haiti’s latest hunger crisis caused by spikes in global food prices. The number of people benefiting from this program will increase dramatically in the coming days now that critical startup activities are complete. Over the term of both grants, more than 650,000 vulnerable people will receive food assistance.
“Thanks to USAID’s continued support and generous donations from individuals around the world, World Vision never stopped distributing food to our beneficiaries—thousands of children, pregnant and lactating mothers and others in rural communities who would be facing critical hunger and malnutrition without it,” said Wesley Charles, World Vision’s national director in Haiti.
“The U.S. government’s move to provide additional emergency food supplies just weeks after the deadly April riots illustrates the commitment of Americans to help the people of Haiti,” said Charles. “We are pleased to partner with USAID and work alongside U.S. and Haitian officials to continually improve delivery of assistance to the most vulnerable people.”
USAID is sending the SYAP food commodities to Haiti in four separate monthly shipments. The first shipment of 4,520 metric tons arrived in Port-au-Prince on May 26.
Meanwhile, World Vision is working with Haitian and U.S. authorities to improve the flow of shipments through the infrastructure in Haiti. World Vision has been able to continue food distributions without interruptions by using carryover stock to continue feeding its most vulnerable beneficiaries.
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World Vision staff in Haiti and Washington, DC, are available for interviews. Please contact Rachel Wolff at 253.394.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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