With the phone lines down in Haiti, it's difficult for Northwest relief agencies to coordinate aid after a 7.0 earthquake hit Tuesday afternoon.
"People were running in the streets, dust everywhere, a lot of wailing, yelling going on, panic happening all around our office in Port Au Prince," said David Eller, President of World Concern.
Thirty minutes after the earthquake hit, the staff at World Concern received a call from one of its workers based in Haiti. He reported that the main office in Port Au Prince was still standing, but the residential building next door had completely collapsed.
World Concern has more than 100 people working in Haiti. Most, if not all of them, survived the earthquake and are now mobilizing aid to the victims. Eller said World Concern will provide blankets, plastic sheeting and emergency supplies of water.
"I'm just very concerned with the loss of life. And now those people who have survived have a lot to deal with to rebuild and dig out of something like this," said Eller.
World Concern has worked in Haiti since 1978 and currently provides hope to 125,000 people. Their work with the poor includes microfinance, agriculture, disaster response and small business development.
For more information, contact World Conern at www.worldconcern.org
World Concern: http://www.worldconcern.org/
World Vision: http://www.worldvision.org/
Mercy Corps: http://www.mercycorps.org/
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/