this is a day that feels like a week or like 10 years. i woke up this morning at 6 to find out my dog had died… and then right to work. im not sure i can remember all the passes but it went something like this. ceci and i made it to a meeting with 3 local organizations including the branch of the lions club and were given 15 5 gallon bottles of clean water and 200 cans of tuna, this was followed by about $1000 in medical donations some people suffering from kidney failure. from here we continued to organize of an emergency response initiative we are calling “help on the way”. we went on air at the local polytechnic institute in the next town over and publicized our efforts and put out a call to action that came back with a great response from the community at large.
this is going to be a coordination of public, private, organizational ,and governmental interests, really who ever wants to be involved. its about cutting the red tape and streamlining response efforts in emergency situations. As we are clearly in a full scale regional state of emergency we want to use the focus of our current relief efforts to help to unite those most needed to help in the moment as group for future actions.
the problem is that this emergency began over a week ago and the first significant food and water reserves are just making there way in and that is after we have done a lot of pushing. it seems clear that every involved wants to help but all the different protocols don’t sync and it makes efforts deathly slow. keeping in mind the Edens Rose Foundation is doing all it can to support the community evacuated to our center but the problem is a lot bigger than just one community and even in our community we are only able to effect a small group of people.
bringing in rice and oil and clean water for the center and some other necessary things in conjunction with our efforts to support our core group of 8 community representatives has now become a small part of our global efforts in the region. together with some very special people we were able to get 200 pounds of rice, 25 liters of cooking oil, about 10 heads of plantain, and 5000 liters of clean drinking water to our center in san ramone in just one move.
although we have 8 to 15 families at the center at all times we are using “Noah’s Ark community center as a distribution point for aid to satellite locations in the part of the community we have labeled the red zone. our red and orange emergency zones make up over 60 families currently present in the community. the need is very clear to open up the legal perception of some themes effecting this situation because of the natural layout it just doesn’t fit the standard formula.
at the end of the day we finished with a long meeting of all our group and some members of the state government. we are all looking at the same end goals and finding ways to get there in terms of immediate emergency aid and long term infrastructure development. i Believe the local mayor is going to be a big part of pulling this all together and i am at a loss for not having had a chance to meet with her.
in the morning we have a big presentation to educate people about the situation and organize the emergency response effort. were hoping to collect a lot of needed goods like food and medicine. we have 8 out of contact communities in our group, the worst hit in all the country and we are talking about 200 pounds of rice per day for each community. we have a long way to go and my hopes are that we can start to expand or capacity to help in ours and other areas by uniting together wit hall the interested parties. please pray