World Vision: vulnerable must be first in line at Haiti food distributions

    
    -  World Vision to feed 400,000 as part of joint distribution with
       other NGOs.
    -  In partnership with World Food Programme (WFP), agencies to reach
       some 1.6 million people.
    -  World Vision explains precautions taken to ensure distributions
       protect families' safety, dignity.
    

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - World Vision will join seven other aid agencies to begin a massive distribution of food provided by the World Food Programme (WFP). The distribution effort, with support of the Haitian government, is expected to reach some 1.6 million people throughout Port-au-Prince, some living in volatile areas that have so far received little aid.

During the two-week distribution period, World Vision, along with Save the Children, Concern, CARE and others, will distribute two-week supplies of rice at 16 distribution sites across Port-au-Prince. World Vision alone will distribute 84 metric tons of rice to feed 17,000 people at sites in Delmas and Nazon. The organization plans to add two more sites in the often-dangerous district of Cite Soleil on Wednesday. Distributions will continue daily at all four sites, reaching approximately 400,000 people.

"Cite Soleil sites require additional preparation time due to the high density of population and additional security concerns," said Jean-Claude Mukadi, World Vision's relief response director in Port-au-Prince. "But we will get food to Cite Soleil as soon as we can ensure that people will be safe and that food will get to those who need it the most."

To ensure proper precautions are in place, the relief, development and advocacy organization provided registration "coupons" to local leaders who will help identify the families that are most vulnerable and in need of food.

In addition, World Vision staff ensured that each distribution site was appropriate in its size and location to ensure safety after conducting security assessments at each site. The United Nation's stabilization forces (MINUSTAH) and US Marines will provide security at distribution sites.

Finally, to ensure that the distribution process protects the dignity of families, human rights organizations and World Vision's own child protection experts will help at distributions, while more than 100 staff members have been trained in humanitarian protection and security in the last few days.

"Staff will focus on ensuring families are treated with dignity and that the most vulnerable are first in line," said Mukadi. "We're also reaching out in new ways to make sure that people are informed and know what to expect."

World Vision is communicating through Creole-language radio messages, SMS text distributions and directly through community leaders and mobilizers to promote child protection and practical information about the distribution process.

    
    -  World Vision donors support more than 52,000 children in Haiti,
       including more than 10,800 children supported by Canadians.
    -  World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
       organization dedicated to working with children, families and
       communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves
       all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For
       more information or to donate to the Haiti relief effort, please
       visit WorldVision.ca.
    

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information: For further information: To interview World Vision staff or for more information or visuals, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2151, (416) 671-0086 (cell), yoko_kobayashi@worldvision.ca; Britt Hamilton, (905) 565-6200 ext 3973, (416) 419-1321 (cell), britt_hamilton@worldvision.ca


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