Thousands of Haitians face intensified hunger, housing, and health crises after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the island in August. Within hours of the disaster, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) was organizing a relief effort.
Five days after the quake, AHF sent a chartered plane from Opa Locka Airport carrying 7,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies for Haitian hospitals and medical centers. A few days later, another plane arrived. This flight brought 20 tons of non-perishable food items, solar flashlights, and tents. AHF’s medical team in Haiti is working with staff back in the U.S. to make sure the right supplies reach the right places. Smaller planes were used to bring relief to hard-hit areas outside the capital of Port-au-Prince.
“AHF has a strong record of responding to the needs of individuals and communities,” Michael Kahane, AHF’s Southern Bureau Chief, said. “We are deeply saddened by the recent devastation to so many communities, as a result of the earthquake. Having supported many disaster relief efforts, we know that the road to rebuilding a community is a long journey. We remain committed to providing critical resources the Haitian people need as they recover from this disaster.”
AHF collected supplies from individuals and organizations across Florida. In addition to their work fighting HIV/AIDS around the world, they have a history of providing help in emergencies. They organized relief to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Haiti after hurricanes Rita and Irma.