Mission Volunteers, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church 

Haiti Response Plan

Volume 2, Number 4a, Special Edition

December 10, 2010

In This Issue
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Update on team status

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 Map of Haiti from MGH

From the Haiti Response Plan web site: additional sites with safety, travel, and backbround information:   


arrow  Up-to-date news: Miami Herald 

arrow  BBC News, Haiti: Country profile; Historic Timeline


arrow  US Government information on international travel


arrow  CDC International Health & Safety Information: Haiti Earthquake and Travel


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Please pray for the people of Haiti and the UMVIM teams who are traveling to work alongside the Methodist Church of Haiti in rebuilding. 


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This is a special edition relating to the ongoing political unrest surrounding the recent presidential elections and the safety of UMVIM teams.

UMVIM Haiti Response logoUpdate on team status
Tom Vencuss, Volunteer Management Coordinator, has issued this statement today (December 10, 9 am EST) on the UMVIM teams currently in Haiti:

"First, our teams here are safe. And we have been in touch with all of our teams and they are doing okay. 

"We have heard that all flights in and out have been cancelled through the weekend so we are making plans to hunker down for the next few days. We are in touch with our folks in the field and will stay apprised of the situation and begin to plan accordingly. We are calling the airlines to see what the options there are for moving people out. So, we'll play that by ear as well. I'll let you know what we come up with. We are also in touch with some of the Methdodist Church of Haiti (EMH) leaders who are monitoring things for us and keeping us posted on what they hear and know.

"Our general plan is to try and get out tomorrow and bring in our teams in the field. There is a little more traffic on the main street but even if things open up a bit, we'll give it another day. And, we need to hear what places like Carrefour and Leogane look like.
"Teams in the Guest House are keeping busy - painting, preparing for a Christmas party for the children on Sunday, and more.

"I spoke with Pastor Maude and she said the teams in Petit Goave are safe and okay. I spoke with Ruth Depestre (Manager of the Methodist Guest House in Petionville) and she said one of the lay members from Mellier is looking after the team to see that they have adequate food, water, etc. So we are good there.

"There are alot more sirens going on around us, some tear gas was shot off around the streets here, the streets were impassable yesterday, but all in all, at least around here everything was of a non-violent nature. I was out on the streets a number of times and again there was no real violence. I know it is different in other places. 

"We will also be in touch with the Embassy.

"I'll keep in touch as the day goes on."
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The best way to keep in touch with time-sensitive information related to team safety, including the presidential election and the cholera situation, is to be our friend on Facebook. Just go to the main web site, www.umvimhaiti.org, to connect.


Team leaders and members can use the Haiti Response Plan web site to find resources to plan their UMVIM trip. Others who are interested in following our ministry can access project status, volunteer testimonies, and more.



Please send suggestions for the web site and newsletter or general comments on the Haiti Response Plan to Susan Meister, US-based Calendaring Coordinator, at haitivolunteers@yahoo.com.


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Grants Available 

Teams who raise $3500 in project funds are eligible for a matching grant of $3500. For more information on how to apply for matching funds, contact Susan Meister, US-based Calendaring Coordinator.