Sunday, February 20, 2011

You Can Involve the Children in Your Church in a Project to "Put Feet to Their Faith" and in so doing, Help the People in Haiti!

For nearly a month my "Put Feet to their Faith" ministry focus has been Samaritan's Purse; more specifically, two projects with Samaritan's Purse to help people in Haiti. If you are still considering if this is a project you should involve the children in your church with, think about these facts;

    • Samaritan's Purse has mobilized 175 medical personnel to treat people impacted by the cholera outbreak in Haiti
    • The organization has flown in 10 chartered flights, loaded with cholera relief supplies
    • Samaritan's Purse medical teams have treated more than 4,300 cholera patients since the outbreak began in late October
    • The organization has installed 17 water filtration systems in response to the cholera outbreak, with each system providing clean water for about 6,000 people
    • Some 500,000 people have been reached through Samaritan's Purse's cholera prevention messaging
    • The organization has two cholera treatment centers:
      • Bercy cholera treatment center, with an 150-bed capacity (peak day Nov. 19 with 
223 patients)
      • Cite Soleil cholera treatment center, with a 240-bed capacity

    • Provided transitional housing for more than 10,030 families left homeless after the quake
    • Samaritan's Purse shelter project has provided housing for 50,150 Haitians(based on average family size of 5)
    • Samaritan's Purse has provided medical care for 33,404 patients at the Cite Soleil clinic and through the organization's Mobile Medical Clinics
    • The organization has coordinated and sent more than 500 medical volunteersfrom the U.S. and Canada to Haiti, most volunteering for two weeks (this includes 175 medical personnel who have volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse since the cholera outbreak in October)
    • Provided 8,882 metric tons of food through all of the organization's feeding programs
    • Constructed some 420 keyhole gardens (vegetable gardens)

    • Some 75,000 people left homeless after the earthquake have received clean water through Samaritan's Purse clean water efforts
    • The organization has installed some 36 community water filters (each has a daily capacity to filter and provide 10,000 gallons of clean drinking water)

    • 852 latrines have been constructed
    • 47,240 people trained in sanitation and hygiene

    • 98,914 cubic meters of rubble removed so rebuilding can begin
    • 179 sites have been cleared

    • The organization has trained some 408 mothers in maternal/child health(how to care for a newborn, breast-feed, etc.)
    • Provided temporary salaries for 200 teachers in 20 schools in Port-au-Prince and Leogane

    • 14 shiploads of relief cargo and heavy machinery for rubble removal efforts (35 chartered relief flights)
    • 10 chartered flights, specifically loaded with cholera relief supplies (since Oct. 22)

You can involve the children and families in your church in projects to help the people of Haiti - either raise money to send to Samaritan's Purse to help continue the funding of the programs listed above, and/or assemble shoeboxes filled with gifts for children to send for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Greatest Journey project. "Put Feet to Their Faith" and equip the children in your church by involving them in a project to live what they learn!

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