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Contact: Brian Schutt
Cross International Provides Meals, Medicines
To Haiti’s Poor Through In-Country Church Partners
Cross International has played a significant role in the relief of hurricane-ravaged areas of Haiti by rapidly distributing nearly 500,000 meals and thousands of doses of life-saving medicine through its well-established network of in-country church partners. The nonprofit relief and development ministry’s next phase of aid will send an additional 140 tons of food and medicines into the country’s storm-ravaged south coast.
“We were able to respond very soon after Hurricane Matthew hit the south coast of Haiti. We had about 40 tons of food and medicine pre-staged in the country and were able to route those resources to the areas in greatest need,” explained Jim Cavnar, president of Cross International. “We partnered with our sister charity, Cross Catholic Outreach, to increase our impact and to get those essential items out as quickly as possible.”
The network of in-country church leaders affiliated with Cross International also gives the ministry eyes,
“Cross International has an office in Haiti too, but these church partners are the real key to our success. They provide the boots on the ground, and they ultimately implement many of the relief efforts we want to accomplish. Our role is to empower them, and we do that by collecting the financial contributions and resources they need to address specific situations. To most, we supply food. Others need safe water. Many are also asking for building materials to repair damaged homes, orphanages and clinics,” Cavnar said. “The donations we collect in the U.S. are essential because they provide us with the flexibility to fund exactly what our church partners need most.”
With the help of donor contributions, Cavnar said Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach intend to have waves of aid moving into Haiti during the weeks and months ahead. The charity has also committed $100,000 to purchase materials in Haiti for the rebuilding of houses and ministry buildings that were destroyed by the storm, and Cavnar wants to increase that amount significantly with financial support from the public.
“Cross International has been in Haiti for years – and we’ll be there for many years to come. We intend to stand with and by our partners, helping them rebuild and restore the ministries that were damaged or displaced by the hurricane,” Cavnar said. “These church partners are pillars in their communities and a tremendous blessing to the poor they serve. We’re going to do everything we can to help put those impacted by this storm back on their feet again.”
For more information on Cross International or to contribute the charity’s relief work in Haiti, visit www.CrossInternational.org/relief or call 1-888-466-6788.