For Immediate Release
Action Against Hunger - USA
James L. Phelan
Senior External Relations Officer, ACF-USA
Direct: 212-967-7800 x108 Cell: 646-265-7796
Action Against Hunger - France
Sylvain Trottier, Chargé de communication, ACF-France
Direct: + 33 1 43 35 82 24
Offsite/Weekends: + 06 70 01 58 34 / + 06 70 01 58 43
Action Against Hunger Mobilizes in Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gonaives
Concern Mounts for Catastrophic Situation in Haiti After Three Successive Hurricanes
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - The humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF) is gravely concerned about the catastrophic situation that Haiti, and the city of Gonaives in particular, faces after the passage of three successive hurricanes.
Torrential rains and heavy winds have continued to batter Haiti for more than two weeks, accompanying the three hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. Gonaives remains very difficult to access due to complete flooding and the destruction of many facilities in the city.
Action Against Hunger Mobilizes an Emergency Team
Action Against Hunger--which intervened in Gonaives in 2004 following the devastating passage of Tropical Storm Jeanne--is currently working in northwestern Haiti on water, sanitation and nutrition projects. This team, focused around Port-de-Paix, has supplied the city's population with water during the past week as they took refuge in shelters during the hurricanes.
Some members of the emergency team left Paris last Friday to reinforce those already on the ground. Other personnel (logisticians and water and sanitation specialists) will join them on Wednesday to help the disaster victims in Gonaives as quickly as possible.
ACF Activates its "Contingency Plan" in Haiti
Several years ago, Action Against Hunger established a local Emergency Plan in the event of natural disasters, which are unfortunately recurrent during the hurricane season. Supplies for water and sanitation relief (motor-pumps, flexible water tanks, water taps, treatment stations, etc.) were pre-stocked in Port-au-Prince and Port-de-Paix. This equipment will be transported to Gonaives as soon as possible.
Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF), an international relief and development organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, provides sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. For nearly three decades, ACF has pursued its vision of a world without hunger by combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity.