Friday, February 5, 2010

By the Numbers

SILVER SPRING, Md. —While the need for humanitarian aid remains critical in Haiti, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is extending increased assistance to hundreds of thousands of affected people through the distribution of basic necessities, including food, water, hygiene items, and medical assistance, says the agency.

Here’s ADRA’s response by the numbers:

4,200,000: Water treatment tablets currently being distributed by ADRA to provide additional access to clean water for affected persons. It takes 20 minutes for one water treatment tablet to purify one liter (33 ounces) of water.

1,300,000: Meals that ADRA has distributed to survivors to date.

1,000,000: Worth of aid in U.S. dollars that ADRA committed to the Haiti earthquake response within hours of the disaster.

200,000: Number of Haitians benefiting from ADRA’s largest water purification system, which was installed on January 28. The new system can provide approximately 17 gallons (or 64 liters) of water per minute, and is currently being managed by a team of ADRA volunteers and local leaders.

153,000: Number of people that ADRA expects to feed during a massive two-week food distribution currently underway in Port-au-Prince, which is being coordinated by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Each day, ADRA will provide 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of rice rations to 1,700 families, or approximately 10,200 people, which will be enough to feed them for two weeks.

100,000: Number of pounds (45 tons) of rice, beans, oil and salt that were distributed on January 25 to thousands of displaced survivors currently living on the campus of the Haitian Adventist University in southwest Port-au-Prince.

71,000: Value in U.S. dollars of a shipment of medical supplies sent by Orlando-based Florida Hospital on January 21. The donation included 23 palettes of IV solution, IV lines, antibiotics, analgesics, masks, and other emergency supplies, which were given to the Adventist Hospital of Haiti.

55,000: Number of people who have gained access to clean water through 12 additional water points installed by ADRA and partner GlobalMedic across the Carrefour region.

15,000: Value in U.S dollars of medical supplies given for response from Heart to Heart International.

1,000: Number of pounds (454 kilograms) of medical supplies donated by partner International Aid.

40: Pallets of tarps, heavy plastic sheeting, water, hygiene items, generators, infant care supplies, and medical supplies sent through ADRA to Haiti by Harvest Time International, a Florida-based organization.

11: Number of ADRA network offices providing personnel for the ongoing emergency response.

If you would like to support ADRA’s relief efforts, give to the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund at, or by phone at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372).

To donate through a mobile phone, text the word "ADRA" to 85944, reply "YES" and donate a one-time $10 gift to ADRA's Haiti response.

Follow ADRA on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest information as it happens.

ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

For more information about ADRA, visit

Author: Nadia McGill

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