A 4.7 magnitude quake hit the south-west of Haiti during last night. It is one of a series of aftershocks since a catastrophic magnitude 7 quake hit the island on January 12. Our Volunteer Ministers, the medical and construction teams, are well. Damage was minor.
I met Scientology Volunteer Ministers for the first time in the Dominican Republic, Cheryl, Collin and Matt, who had just flown in from Miami. I told them I was from the States and looking to team up with an organization to go to Haiti to assist in any way possible. I was thrilled when Cheryl accepted my request and allowed me to accompany them to Haiti to assist with the relief effort there, considering the fact other organizations such as the Red Cross and UNICEF had not responded to my request to work with them in Haiti.
Many Volunteer Ministers who come back from Haiti share the observation that Haitian people are astonishingly resilient and, despite the misery and even despite heavy injuries, they keep finding solutions to improve survival.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers share this way of life and their motto--Something can be done about it!--resonates with the Haitian population. One month after the earthquake it is now time to help rebuild the infrastructure of the country and get people to work.
NEW HAVEN (February 18, 2010)-Medical professional and Scientology Volunteer Minister Ayal Lindeman, who was working on the earthquake getting volunteers to go and handling logistics shortly after the earthquake after the January 12 earthquake and then went to Haiti on the 21st of January, is keeping his promise today to a Haitian man whose leg was amputated to save his life.
This excerpt from Google Maps shows Scientology Volunteer Ministers main camp at Port Au Prince airport (yellow tent and surrounding smaller tents). It was set up there on 17 January 2010.
Port-Au-Prince airport is planned to open for commercial flights again in the next couple of days. Because of that our camp is currently being moved.
"After everybody forgets about helping, we're still going to be there and they're still going to need us."Submitted by csinet on Wed, 2010-02-17 09:50
On Sunday, February 14, CBS 4 in Miami interviewed Austin Eastlee on his way to Haiti as part of the Scientology Disaster Response Team. The 20-year-old Pasadena City College graphic design student from Glendale, California, said he sees this as a critical point in the Haiti relief effort and this is the reason he is volunteering now. It is the one-month anniversary of the earthquake and many aid workers and medical professionals have had to return ho
Political Insider - Your morning jolt: Senators praise Scientology volunteers9:58 am February 17, 2010, by Jim GallowayJim Galloway reports: This may come as a surprise to some, but your Republican-controlled state Senate – usually known for catering to the concerns of conservative Christians – last week issued a sincere commendation to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps.