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A choice between food and shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
It has been over two years since the earthquake in Haiti, and there’s no end in sight to the human misery there. Before the arthquake, the population of Port-au-Prince was around 2. 5 million people, but since the earthquake the city’s popu- lation has roughly doubled as more people have come there to beg or live in tents. Tent dwellers repair their homes but live in tents Rental prices in Port-au-Prince have skyrocketed since the arthquake. A three-bedroom house that might have rent- ed for $1,000 a month before the earthquake now brings $6,000 to $7,000.
Many tent dwellers receive
government help to repair
their houses but then rent
out their houses. They could
move back into their homes,
but then they would not have
anything to eat. Using the
rental income, they can buy food to eat and continue to live in
Port-au-Prince won’t be helped until the outlying areas are
helped and people return there.
Thousands in Port-au-Prince live in
tents or shacks.
donate for the relief effort, was in a cold
storage warehouse in Minnesota. Issues
involving labeling, expiration codes and
shipping, however, had to be solved. The
chicken was bright stacked (unlabeled)
having failed to meet a customer’s color
speci;cation and was nearing the limit
of its expiration code.
With every new challenge, new people
joined in the project. Burruss and Downs
were just two of many industry people
who played essential roles at critical
moments. Before the chicken could be
shipped, USDA had to approve labeling
for the product and the labels applied.
Two months passed with the clock ticking
on the expiration coding. Once USDA
approved the labels, Downs arranged for
them to be applied in a packaging facility
manned by handicapped workers to help
save on costs.
Getting donated chicken packaged and
shipped to Haiti, of course, wasn’t free.