Much has happened at FWM in the last two weeks. In addition to the dollars pouring in for the people of Haiti, earlier this week, volunteers and staff prepped and palletized 200 wheelchairs to be delivered from our southern California warehouse to our partner, Direct Relief International, for an upcoming air shipment into Port-au-Prince. Many thanks to transport companies CMI and MOL for providing free trucking to DRI’s headquarters in Santa Barbara. In addition, our manufacturing partner in China has donated an entire container of wheelchairs for Haiti relief. We thank them for their generosity!
Although much has been done to help the people of Haiti, far more remains to be accomplished. Sadly, with the numerous crush injuries and amputations evident as a result of this earthquake, the on-going need for a significant number of wheelchairs can not be emphasized strongly enough. FWM is committed to increasing the scheduled import of containers into Port-au-Prince. In addition to DRI, we are working to collaborate further with international partners Operation Blessing International and Samaritan’s Purse. We continue to support Fundación Universitaria Romanense, our partner in the Dominican Republic, as well as our friends at Global Missions, FWM’s distribution partner in Port-au-Prince.
This process of wheelchair relief will be on-going and dynamic as we adjust to an ever-changing environment and accommodate the challenges surely waiting beyond the horizon; as a supporter of FWM, you should know that our organization is committed to long-term aid as we join the worldwide philanthropic community rallying around the people of Haiti.