Andrea Shiffman: Haiti Updates (Aired on 5/14/10)
Andrea Shiffman, a member of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, gives an eye witness report about conditions in Haiti as of May, 2010 and about past and current Rotary support, which includes ShelterBoxes, used not only for family shelter but for immediate hospitals. Andrea provides powerful examples of conditions in Haiti and the need for ongoing aid. She describes the effectiveness of smaller, non-political agencies such as Rotary, with members able to go out into the field to attend to the many victims still in their villages–worlds away from the centralized relief camps. The smaller size of these agencies means that their volunteers can distribute food, medicine, and so forth as soon as it arrives in Haiti since their are fewer problems with customs, paperwork, or logistical issues.