Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Haiti, Moussambe, 8 March 2010 A high magnitude earthquake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale and 10 km depth struck Haiti on 12 January at 16:53 hours. The epicentre was located 9 km (6 miles) south-southwest of Carrefour Ouest, about 16km (10 miles) south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince and 18 km from Petionville. The initial earthquake was followed by several aftershocks ranging from 5.9 to 4.2 Richter. The International Federation of the Red Cross estimates that the earthquake has affected over three million people and widespread damage to the infrastructure has been reported by media. WFP’s provisional estimate is that 2 million people require food assistance. WFP’s ongoing protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) “Food Assistance for Vulnerable Groups exposed to Recurrent Shocks” has an emergency preparedness and relief component which is being used to support the initial WFP response. In addition, through an IR-EMOP 86 mt of high energy biscuits (enough for 30,000 people for 7 days) are being dispatched from WFP’s hub in El Salvador). The distributions started on 13 January in Jacmel for around 3,000 people located in the airport. Distributions in Port-au-Prince are being implemented on 14 January with military escorts for 2,400 beneficiaries in three points in towns: Place Boyer, Villa Creole and Delmas 33 (Ecole des Freres de St Louis de Gonzague), which have been identified as major areas of concentration of populations. Other areas are already identified for distributions. In the photo, a chartered helicopter brings three tonnes of rice to the mountain district of Moussambe, part of an all day airlift which carried almost 100 tonnes of food to people who have lost their markets in earthquake. A large crowd waits beside a tiny hilltop helicopter landing pad. Photo: WFP/Jim Farrell
WFP/Jim Farrell
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation’s generosity helped to equip WFP with the resources to reach vulnerable communities and families during times of crisis around the globe.  The Fry foundation’s support of WFP USA’s Emergency Respond Fund provides a flexible and immediate means to coordinate lifesaving logistics and deliver critical food assistance at the onset of a disaster or emergency – when and wherever it’s needed. This support aligns with The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation’s long commitment to addressing persistent problems resulting from poverty, violence, ignorance and despair in urban Chicago and beyond, including world relief efforts.