Sep 17, 2017
Brad Johnson, the President of Haiti’s Mission of Hope, https://mohhaiti.org/ passed through Turks & Caicos where he met with Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson. Their discussions focused upon damage done by Hurricane Irma, and its effect on the Haitian community there. Over 75% of the Turks & Caicos population of roughly 35,000 is Haitian and the disaster has left many in dire need.
While missing Haiti, Irma devastated much of the Turks.
Brad immediately set his organization in motion preparing a boatload of relief supplies for our friends on the islands.
When faced with the overwhelming challenges created by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti’s south, Mission of Hope acquired a 110 foot vessel – TRUE NORTH – for dealing with the emergency. It is much easier to service the communities by sea than by road. TRUE NORTH has been operating in the region for some time and was pressed into service for the Turks & Caicos mission.
An unusual bookkeeping problem arose.
The load being prepared for TRUE NORTH had been brought into Haiti under franchise. Since no one ever considered the outbound shipment of donated franchised goods, this presented a legal problem.
Even though faced with major problems, generated by Moise Jean Charles, and other groups with personal agendas, the Jovenel Moise government jumped into action. The President directed immediate action and delegated his Prime Minister, Jackie Guy Lafontant to land a hand.
Wilson Laleau, Jovenel’s Chief of Cabinet immediately provided the links required for a quick, successful, trouble-free process. Saturday saw Laleau, along with Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances, Hervé Eveillard, Directeur Général, Autorite Portuaire Nationale, and Jean Jorel Janvier, Director General of Administration Generale des Douanes, at their desks generating the paperwork required to see TRUE NORTH sail on Saturday afternoon, carrying 250,000 meals and water purification supplies – estimating an arrival around noon Sunday in Turks & Caicos.
Prime Minister Jackie Guy Lafontant interrupted his heavy schedule and went to the docks to salute the departure. Lafontant plans a flight to Turks & Caicos within the next couple of days.
Jovenel’s team is now coordinating a government effort to gather supplies for another shipment to Turks & Caicos on TRUE NORTH when it returns to Haiti.
The Mission of Hope would welcome support from our readers, Visit their site at https://mohhaiti.org/ to see just how wide-ranging their efforts in Haiti really are.
When there is a need – Mission of Hope is there.