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25 January 2010

Rescuers pulled a man alive from the rubble Saturday, 11 days after Haiti's devastating earthquake, raising hopes of finding more survivors even after the government called off search efforts. The UN World Food Program said it distributed 2 million meals Friday, and 150 health facilities were now running across the city, the World Health Organization said. chinadaily - Nation's efforts come in for praise.


25 January 2010

Friday night's star-studded "Hope for Haiti" telethon has raised a record-breaking $58 million (..). Proceeds from the telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the U.N. World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.


25 January 2010

Grieving families are watching workers recover the bodies of loved ones as Haiti's death roll rises, while aid groups focusing on the living struggle to find tents and sites to erect them for all the people streaming out of Port-au-Prince. (..) 'We wish we could do more, quicker,'' said Josette Sheeran, the U.N. World Food Program chief who was visiting Port-au-Prince. The WFP delivered about 2 million meals to the needy Friday, up from 1.2 million Thursday, Sheeran said. But she acknowledged much more was needed. ''This is the most complex operation WFP has ever launched,'' she said.


25 January 2010

The World Food Program, the lead agency supplying food in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, says it has delivered more than 3 million meals, but some have criticized how long the U.N. agency it took to distribute the food. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran offers her insight. (..) Ms. JOSETTE SHEERAN : Well, we're going to need to scale up in a huge way and continue to do so. We know that the breakdown in the supply chain system here is enormous. There wasn't a great infrastructure to start with, but everything has been devastated. It's like a war zone.


25 January 2010

Maxi Extralien, a twig-thin 10-year-old in a SpongeBob pajama top, ate only a single bean from the heavy plate of food he received recently from a Haitian civic group. He had to make it last. (..) “The whole food supply chain has been trashed by the earthquake,” said David Orr, a spokesman for the World Food Program. “The port, the roads, the trucks, the whole commercial life of the country has been disrupted.”


24 January 2010

UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City (IHC) HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein...arrived in Amman, Jordan today from Port-au-Prince with 21 evacuees from around the Middle East who had been left stranded after the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12.

In a display of international solidarity for Haiti, Princess Haya, under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum traveled to Haiti on his personal 747B-400 to oversee a delivery of 90 metric tonnes of relief supplies for the Haitians, meet with Haitian and UN officials and raise awareness of the need for international aid.

The shipment was organized by the International Humanitarian City, a global humanitarian and aid hub in Dubai, at the request of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and included 40 metric tonnes of canned food and high-energy biscuits, and another 50 metric tonnes of hospital tents, water sanitation equipment, prefabricated offices, and computer and telecommunications equipment.


24 January 2010

Friday's 'Hope For Haiti' telethon, organized by George Clooney and broadcast across nearly every major network, raised over $57 million in phone, online and text donations, in the 24 hours following the event. (..) The money raised will be split equally among seven relief organizations: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, the United Nations World Food Programme, and Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti.


24 January 2010

Rebuilding Haiti will be a long-term project and the earthquake occurred just when the world’s finances are beginning to come out of economic recession. Despite the economic times, people are responding by donating to relief efforts, just as they did after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. “Every little bit helps,” said Trevor Page, who was stationed in Haiti in the 1970s when he was a director with the United Nations World Food Program. “Because governments are cash-strapped the public needs to lead the way.”


23 January 2010

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein arrived in Amman last night from Haiti along with 21 survivors from around the Middle East of the Caribbean island earthquake. (..) After being lowered on to the runway in a cargo lift on Friday, the princess was met by peacekeeping chiefs and the head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, who told her: “You’re bringing hope.” Her jet brought tents to supply 90 per cent of the WFP staff in Haiti who sleep under the stars. “Our people are living on the streets while they are saving this nation,” Ms Sheeran said. “These tents will help protect their families while they continue to work for us.”


22 January 2010

Retired gymnast and WFP ambassador Li Ning Thursday said he would pay for five humanitarian flights to bring food and other relief materials to earthquake-stricken Haiti.(..)"WFP is very touched by the generosity of Li Ning and so many Chinese people," said Anthea Webb, director of the U.N. agency's China Office.