STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 800 pounds of medication, medical supplies and disaster response materials were airlifted from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Haiti yesterday. This extraordinary effort was made possible through a collaboration of Americares, Building and Land Technology, GE, Hope for Haiti and Team Rubicon. Transport was sponsored by Carl R. Kuehner, III, of Building and Land Technology.
Also aboard the plane was an experienced first responder team led by former Hope for Haiti country director and current volunteer Mike Stewart, along with experts from Americares and Team Rubicon. Working with the Hope for Haiti team in Les Cayes, the response team is now providing rapid needs assessment, distributing essential medications and medical supplies to the hardest hit areas of Southwestern Haiti, and assisting in creation of short, medium and long term response and rehabilitation plans.
Early visual assessment of Les Cayes and the surrounding areas revealed dire need due to extensive flooding, significant damage to homes, trees and structures, and massive amounts of debris. "In response to this type of emergency the critical period for preventing loss of life is the first 24 – 48 hours," said Mark Hindley, Hope for Haiti Chief Operating Officer. "Within that key time period we were able to quickly mobilize support to make a difference for the people of Haiti in concert with our partners."
To stay updated on Hope for Haiti's response efforts, follow @HopeforHaitiFL on Twitter or Facebook www.facebook.com/hopeforhaiti. To help support the organization's response efforts, contributions can be made online at www.hopeforhaiti.com and supplies can be dropped off at the Naples office, 1021 5th Ave N., Naples, FL 34102.
About Hope for Haiti:
Hope for Haiti is a Naples, Florida, based 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. Building upon 27 years of experience, Hope for Haiti works in five core program areas (Education, Healthcare, Water, Infrastructure and Economy) to connect, heal and empower communities in the Greater South of Haiti. Hope for Haiti is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator and is a participant at the Gold Level through the GuideStar Exchange, two leading independent evaluators recognizing the organization's transparency and careful stewardship of donor resources.
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid. Americares is the world's leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.
GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and applications across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com
About Building and Land Technology:
Building and Land Technology (BLT) is a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm with the mission to realize a property's full potential, through ground-up commercial and residential development, property management and skilled investment strategies. We accomplished this through market knowledge, innovative problem solving, financial integrity and a proven ability to transform a vision into a reality. Founded in 1982, BLT is vertically integrated and has invested in, developed, owned and managed over five million square feet of commercial space and over 10,000 residential units. BLT is one of the largest office landlords in Connecticut, and its office holdings include the corporate headquarters for Gen Re, GE Corporate and businesses including GE Capital, Commercial Finance, Energy, GECAS, Real Estate and Working Capital Solutions, Diageo, Xerox, AON/Hewitt, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Structured Portfolio Management. To learn more about BLT visit http://www.bltoffice.com/about-us/.
About Team Rubicon:
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. The disaster response organization offers veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters while regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity. For more about Team Rubicon USA, visit teamrubiconusa.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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