The Heart of the Matter
January 25, 2010
TPRF Makes $50,000 Donation to Haitian Relief Efforts


Within days of the earthquake in Haiti, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) made a donation of $50,000 to provide immediate food aid for survivors.

TPRF teamed up with one of its ongoing partners, Friends of the World Food Program. The World Food Program (WFP) was able to begin delivering food within 24 hours of the disaster, since it has an already-established aid operation in Haiti, long ranked as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

With stores of ready-to-eat food and trained staff already in Haiti and in the nearby Dominican Republic, WFP has now delivered rations to over 200,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince.

The initial phase of their six-month recovery plan is to distribute one-week supplies of High Energy Biscuits, which are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and can provide the immediate energy needed for survival. Now sixteen million Meals-Ready-to-Eat are en route from the US, Italy and Denmark, set to be distributed in the coming week to people who have no access to cooking facilities.

In addition, food kitchens are being set up in strategic locations in hospitals and schools, including in the town of Leogane, which is close to the epicenter of the quake and which suffered 90% destruction. Some are already serving nutritious hot meals to survivors -- for most their first in this very tragic week.

Less than 24 hours after the quake hit, The Prem Rawat Foundation began an ongoing fundraising campaign to help the people in Haiti. TPRF plans to continue its aid for the Haitian people to provide support and hope in their long road to recovery.

WFP Haiti photo credit: WFP/Alejandro Chicheri

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at January 25, 2010 10:12 PM

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