HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: The need is still so great…

The following it s a note received from William Lowry who is in Haiti coordinating our relief efforts:

Brutus and I arrived back in Haiti on Sunday. Upon arrival, we were immediately approached by one of our local staff members, Wilbert, who had been at the airport receiving supplies and doctors during the morning. He shared with me that there was a six month old child who had been severely burned and had not been able to receive help from anyone. He informed me that a navy helicopter had just left, and that a medical group in another helicopter had just left, because there was no place to take this little girl to be treated in Haiti. The effort was being made to get her to the U.S. to be treated. There were three U.S. doctors at the airport who had been working in hospitals during the week and were involved in the effort. I spoke to the pilot and asked if he was willing to take the mother and her daughter Michaelle to the U.S. He said he was. We continued to work with Immigration and Customs here at the airport to get them to release her. Finally, after a lot of requesting and a lot of witnessed signatures, they released her.

The plane took off and we all stood believing that we had made it slightly possible for her life to be saved. Shortly after the plane departed, I called the customs office in Ft. Lauderdale to inform them of the situation. The three doctors who were on board, cared for Michaelle to the states and then made arrangements for her to be placed at the burn unit in Jacksonville. The last word we received was that she was still alive.

The number of victims from the earthquake is staggering. The number of dead truly marks this as one of the worst human disasters in history. The untold story lays in the number of wounded. There is a massive migration to the north. It is anticipated that as many as 100,000 will go to Gonieves in the next few months, and that as many as 200,000 people will have arrived in Cap Haitien within three months. Cap Haitien is a very crowded city of 1,000,000 people. It is the second largest city in Haiti and at one time in the past served as the Capital. An additional 200,000 people would represent an increase of 20% in just three months. Among those are huge numbers of injured. Their injuries are drastically varied. One doctor described it as similar to Viet Nam. The difficulties this has caused already on hospitals and clinics threatens the very lives of the ones who are being cared for. We have been in discussions with two major hospitals and three other organizations about the need for post-op care. An idea is to establish a “tent city”. A tent city strategically located between the hospitals can be staffed by the hospitals and the visiting doctors from around the world. This same discussion is being held in Gonaives. So many people are being operated on with life saving surgeries that there is no space for post-op care. If proper post-op care is not provided, the people who are saved from a life-threatening surgery will die following the surgery in post-op. This process is already being applied in Port Au Prince.

On Tuesday, we received nearly 50 pallets of supplies on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship. We had trucks ready to receive these pallets. The pallets were broken down to get the most number of items in each truck as possible. We worked until late into the night to load them along with a couple of other organizations, because we knew that if they were left on the pier without armed guard, they would disappear in the night by bandits in small boats. The pallets we received included CTW soap, medical supplies, medicines, surgery kits, canned food, cereal, rice, hurricane kits, paper goods, bags, and water. It was truly awesome to see the massive quantities that had the ability to help many many people.

A word on Royal Caribbean. We are so grateful that Royal Caribbean has chosen to stay in Haiti. At a time when things have become so difficult for the people of Haiti, to pull out would have caused the loss of significant jobs, income for the economy of Haiti, and no opportunity for these supplies to get in at no cost to organizations such as ours. David Southby and Broder Schutt are incredible individuals who care deeply about the people of Haiti. They are loading and unloading geniuses. They are fantastic to work with and have gone above and beyond to get supplies to people who need them. We know there are also many fantastic individuals in south Florida who are making it happen in a big way in the U.S. also. Hats off to you RCC. We look forward to a longstanding working relationship in the months to come.

On Wednesday, we provided a “Skyped” account of our efforts in Haiti to children at the Avalon Elementary School. They asked questions and then presented CTW with a check for nearly $2,000.00. We then began distribution of the supplies. We sent supplies to Justinien Hospital, Milot Hospital, Eben Ezer Hospital, Hope for Haiti Clinic, and several orphanages. We distributed more than 20% of the supplies in the first day.

Today, which is Thursday, we will distribute another 40% to groups who are providing these supplies to the people who need it. Today we will meet with the owner and captain of a large ship that can transport 200 pallets at a time from Labadee, where the Royal Caribbean Port is, around to Cap Haitien. By doing so, we will eliminate the need to transport these supplies in trucks across the treacherous road from Labadee to Cap Haitien. This will save time and money. We are going to view two additional warehouse/sites with Paul and Brian from Compassion Alliance with whom we are partnering in Haiti. They are from Ocala and are doing the same things we are. This will strengthen both of our ability to get the supplies off the ship and distributed to those in need. We have located 4 additional trucks that can be used along with Compassion Alliance’s three. This will help us greatly.

I received an email from the Director of Food this morning stating that they are in desperate need of food for the patients. We immediately made arrangements for a significant amount of food to be delivered to the hospital.

The U.S. Army has arrived to assist in Cap Haitien. They also are at the Mont Jolie. We have begun networking with them as they are there to assess and to help with the logistics. We informed them of the need for doctors in Gonieves. They stated that they had 200 doctors in Port Au Prince that were looking to be used in a more needed location. They were going to make arrangements to begin to provide these doctors to Gonieves. Things are beginning to become much more organized and much more efficient. However, no one seems to believe that we are prepared yet for the massive numbers of people who need help.

The supply needs continue to be water, medicines, medical supplies, food, tents, tarps, and hygiene products. As time goes forward, there may be a greater need for generators to supply electricity to tent cities.

This is a monumental task, We at Clean the World are so truly grateful for your support, prayers, resources, and care. America has stepped up as always to be a beacon of hope in a hopeless situation. Clean the World is right there ready and able to help. We need your help more than ever. We need to continue to receive supplies and the resources and funds to distribute them.

Please help us continue to help the people of Haiti!!!!

William Lowry
Director of Global Development

Clean the World

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ALERT: Gilchrist & Soames Joins Clean The World In Haiti Relief Effort

Indianapolis-based luxury amenity supplier to send over 22,000 pounds of personal care products to stricken nation

INDIANAPOLIS (January 26, 2010) – Gilchrist & Soames today announced that it is teaming up with Clean The World Foundation to facilitate the delivery of over 22,000 pounds of personal care products to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“In response to the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, Gilchrist & Soames decided to make a donation of personal care products to support the relief efforts currently underway to help the nearly three million people in Haiti who are waiting for assistance. We are thrilled to be able to work with Clean the World Foundation to provide critical help to the Haitian people,” said Kathie De Voe, president of Gilchrist & Soames.

Twenty skids (22,330 lbs) of personal care items – shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, bar soap and dental rinse – will be airlifted to Haiti and distributed by a team of Clean the World Foundation workers.

Shawn Seipler, co-founder of Clean the World foundation said, “The scope of destruction caused by this disaster is compounded by the fact that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. There is a desperate need for even the most basic necessities. We are so pleased that Gilchrist & Soames has stepped up to assist Clean the World in providing personal care products to our relief efforts.”

About Gilchrist & Soames
Gilchrist & Soames is a leading provider of cosmetic-grade toiletry collections for world-class hotels, exclusive resorts, and distinguished spas, inns, and bed & breakfasts. Specializing in servicing the luxury market, Gilchrist & Soames’ products can be found in discerning properties throughout the world. Gilchrist & Soames is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Peterborough, London, England. The company is wholly-owned by Swander Pace Capital, San Francisco. For more information, visit www.gilchristsoames.com.


ALERT: Rob Phillips Coordinates Emergency Flight and Care for Baby Michaelson

Over the past week, Rob Phillips, Relationship Coordinator, has been coordinating all flights for Clean the World in partnership with Corporate Aviators Responding in Emergencies (CARE). He works very closely with the pilots, passengers and other CARE personnel to ensure doctors, first responders, medicine and hygiene products are being flown into Haiti. Additionally, he works to ensure planes returning to the US are loaded with doctors that must return or Haitian residents that need to leave the country. Here is an email received by Rob Phillips at 5:00pm ET, Sunday January 24:


We need you to help the pilots John Cunningham & Mike Magnus who flew myself Tom Larkin & my friend Gene Bates from Ft. Lauderdale today. They transported us on tail #N304SE. We got here fine. They are returning with two Americans a Haitian mother and baby who has burns and needs to be treated at Miami burn center.

They could use immediate transportation to the Miami burn center but they also need your help in clearing the Haitian mother & child through US customs. The mother is Dieula Poleon and her child is Michaelson. I do not know the nature of the burns but at least one of the extra American travelers is a doctor.  If you can help clear them through customs in the USA &Providenicales Intl. (Turkos Caikos) the pilots would be very grateful.

Thank you for all your help in these matters.

Tom Larkin
Exhibit Consultant

Rob immediately sprung into action to assist. First, he established communication with William Lowry, on the ground in Cap Haitien to assess the situation. William confirmed that the girl indeed needed emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

One of the issues here was that the pilot did not have the appropriate paperwork for the Dieula and her child, Michaelson. At risk of losing his license, the pilot understood the situation and decided to fly the child to Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) anyway. Rob Phillips contacted US Customs and border control to alert of the situation and delver the appropriate information (which had been gathered by William Lowry in Haiti while the plane was in the air). Rob then coordinated with Jackson Memorial hospital to ensure emergency vehicles and medics were ready on the ground when the plane landed.

After a few brief, tense moments, the child was transported to Jackson Memorial. The child has very bad burn wounds. We will try to get an update today to let you know her status. Regrettably, those that saw the little girl were not optimistic.

Please stop to say a prayer for baby Michaelson and her mother right now.

To Rob Phillips and all our friends at CARE: Thank you for your tireless work over the past two weeks helping our brothers and sisters in Haiti.


ALERT: Critically Needed Supplies Continue to Pour into Clean the World.

We have told you about medical supply drives last week by Nadine Mentor in Central Florida and Lisa Laude-Raymond in South Florida. Both groups continue to collect from their local medical communities. Additionally, a major medical drive was conducted at Room Service Rentals in Orlando, coordinated by Kerline Docteur with Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. We expect to receive those items today. And Clean the World Advisory Board Member, Dr. Ted Kaplan, continues to supply key surgical products for the field. These items are shipped to Cap Haitien and couriered by either doctors or Clean the World transport to hospitals such as the Justinien Hospital and the Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot. More are being shipped today. All of these collection leaders and their networks have done a tremendous job bringing critically needed items to Clean the World for transport and distribution in Haiti. 

Another Orlando company headed by Mary Beth Lavin, Formula One Life, dropped off desperately needed powdered and liquid baby formula. The powder formula is bound for Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport this morning to deliver to Cap Haitien this evening. Check their efforts out here: http://www.formulaonelifeblog.blogspot.com/  

We are pleased to share that Westgate Resorts deliverd 4 skids of relief items this morning. Ellen Tatich and Carlos Castro did a wonderful job organizing supplies from their beautiful resorts. Clean the World Hospitality partner Ocean Reef in Key Largo, FL continues to collect a major amount of items. In addition to putting an additional collection truck in our service, they have collected and donated 3 truckloads of hygiene products, clothes, food, water and other necessary items. Katie Kaye, Scott Ascherl and the entire Ocean Reef team continue to lead a tremendous effort. Other hotels continue serve as key collection points for hygiene items. See the complete list here: http://www.cleantheworld.org/donate-soap-and-shampoo.asp

Two major upcoming donations: The North Florida Surgery Center, located in Pensacola Florida, provided 5,000 Surgical procedure kits that include anesthesia drugs, antibiotics, and other items for the o relief efforts in Haiti. They loaded a UPS truck yesterday that should arrive at Clean the World today. More details on this tomorrow. Chris Coulahan has done a fantastic job coordinating and organizing this critically needed donation.

And one of our very own, Jeremy Chambers, along with his concerned sister Lisa Chambers, has coordinated a tremendous effort on the collection and transportation of massive amounts of water. Culligan and the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) have donated massive amounts of bottled water to the Haiti Relief Effort. The water will leave Wilmington, NC Friday to deliver to Orlando. From there, we will coordinate it into Haiti.

Organizations such as Gilchrist & Soames, Marietta Corp, Northern Colorado Paper, Cole Papers join soap makers, and concerned citizens in making necessary donations of hygiene products and medical supplies. We are contact regularly throughout the day to find out how and what to donate. Please send all donations to our new facility:

Clean the World
8026 Sunport Drive #306 or #206
Orlando, FL 32809


ALERT: Dr. Edward Fink Reports From Haiti

This is news from Dr. Edward Fink, one of the Orthopedic Surgeons flown in on Sunday thanks to help from CARE.  
“It has been eight days since the devastation struck this impoverished island nation.  Eight days. And yet people are being delivered to our hospital in record numbers with untreated infected wounds, open fractures, and crippling crush injuries.  As if the injuries had just occurred.  I always ask, through the interpreters, how their injuries occurred, and where they spent the intervening days.  Invariably walls collapsed upon them, sometimes trapping them for days, and once freed, would spend days in their homes or public dwellings, as there was neither transportation nor secondary care once life-saving measures were successful.

And yet, these are the ‘lucky ones.’  Their countenances reflect the quiet solemnity of survival amidst the horrors of destruction.  They come to us, children from ages 2 to 11, elderly women, young men.  Quiet, dignified.  You can see in their eyes that they are thankful, regardless of their injuries.  And many come with extremities having already been amputated.

Our work in the hospital is stratified chaos.  We are continually trying to process and understand the nature of the injuries of the incoming individuals.  Xrays sometimes take over 24 hours to procure.  Triage determines the ability to take the most needy to surgery.  Equipment scarcity and time determine, in part, what we are able to accomplish. Finally, supplies arrived yesterday, and the dire need to innovate is not as acute.  External fixation of all fractures occurs quickly, debridement of wounds with large areas of skin and soft tissue loss, and infections require judgement to determine if the limbs can be saved.

We are absolutely innundated with patients, sent here as we are the largest hospital with functioning facilities in the country.  The people of this city of Milot have rallied to accommodate their bretheren.  The schoolyard across the street has been vacated to house the injured.  I went on rounds late last evening with a Haitian doctor from the hospital, to see our post operative patients and to assess those who had come in throughout the day.  In a room with a blackboard painted on the wall, where once were student desks and chairs, eight thick straw mats provided bedding for the injured.  IV’s were hung where once the hands of inquisitive students assuredly were raised.

My last evaluation of the evening was that of a 42 year old man whose story was all too familiar.  A wall had collapsed on his right leg where he remained trapped for two days.  He had just come to us yesterday afternoon. His leg was twice the size of the other, with blisters, and weeping wounds.  He had no sensation nor movement of his foot, and his leg was quite hard and tense.  It was obvious that he had what we call a compartment syndrome, where intense swelling occurs in a part of the leg. The pressure increases and prevents blood from entering the leg.  Slowly the muscles and nerves die if the pressure cannot be relieved with surgery.  Unfortunately, this did not occur, and his entire lower leg is effectively dead.  He will require an above knee amputation.  With further questioning, I learned that this gentleman is an accountant.

Do you know how difficult it is to achieve an advanced degree in this country, let alone any developing country?  At least, with the tragedy of losing a limb, he will be one of the absolute few who have some hope of overriding the sociocultural and fiscal devastation of an amputation and its subsequent disability.   He prayed that G_d wound protect him.

While writing this at 6am, just felt a 15 second tremor and shaking of the building housing us.  We are 90 miles from the epicenter!  Just heard there was no damage in Port au Prince

All for now.

PS-  Does anyone know whether rooster is more savory broiled or barbequed?  They leave me with only four hours of sleep each night.


ALERT: Medical News from Cap Hatien

This is the latest news from our team in Haiti

“We received five helicopter deliveries of 12 patients today.  We had four US coast guard airlifts, and one Navy airlift.  It’s definitely an increase from yesterday, but we can still handle many more.  It is an improvement, but the current effort is still inadequate; many more people are stranded in Port-Au-Prince, in dire need of care and the clock is ticking.  Our biggest obstacle is the lack of helicopters.  Our surgical teams did 16 procedures today, operating until 11:30 PM tonight, and we have six surgeries scheduled for tomorrow morning.  We expect the airlifts to increase and possibly two bus loads of injured from PAP – a 75 mile ride which takes six-eight hours over rough roads.

We were able to scale up from two operating rooms to four ORs.  The UN is present at the heliport (soccer field!) to maintain order for helicopter arrivals. The local residents of Milot have been enthusiastic to support the effort in every way possible: offering their homes to families of patients from PAP and filling potholes in the road so the ambulance will have a smoother ride from the field to the airport.  The schools adjacent to the hospital have been converted into additional space for patient beds.  Notice in the photos: chalkboards on the walls and make-shift beds created from rearranged school desks.

Attached is a labeled aerial photo from Google Earth . Please excuse the crudeness of the writing – I did it on the fly for the military, who was asking for coordinates and visuals for landing.

The other photos speak for themselves.  This is a disaster of catastrophic proportions.  Please keep the injured patients and the medical teams who are working to save them around the clock in your prayers.”

Carol Fipp
Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti
(904) 223-7233
(904) 451-0003
Crudem Foundation, Inc.


ALERT: William Lowry on the ground in Cap Hatien

This is the latest update, as of Monday January 18, from William Lowry who is in Cap Hatien.

It is Monday morning in Haiti. I have been meeting with several leaders and pastors this morning. The stories are incredible. There is a massive exodus out of Port au Prince that has begun. It is clogging the roads in and out. It is making it difficult for non military people to get around. The exodus is to Cap Haitien and Gonaives. The hospitals in Cap Haitien are being overtaxed already. They need doctors and supplies. We are headed to the Justinien Hospital in 15 minutes. We will assess the needs there. Electricity is off and only those with generators have access to power. This affects food storage as well as internet access for the average person. Phone communication is very spotty at best.

Clothing will be needed soon, as the clothing that so many have is what is on their back. Everything else that they owned is beneath the rubble of their former houses. One story is of a lady who was showering at the time of the quake. She was in an outdoor shower area with a towel. When the house collapsed she was not able to get anything and barely survived herself. She was in only a towel for 5 days. This is a common story.

The massive number of corpses has cast a horrific stench across the city of Port au Prince. It is  an odor that is nearly unbearable in some parts of the city. It is verfy difficult yet for most to even get to loved ones that are only several blocks away. The expectation for the spread of disease and bacteria is extremely high.

We have two meetings this morning to button down our warehouse space. We have secured trucking from Cap Haitien to Port au Prince. One is with the APN and Abraham, and the other is with Max Lerouche. Things are falling into place. We should have these things done by 1:00 p.m.

I just spoke with a young man who was stuck in PAP for 4 days with no food, no water, and only a tee shirt. He made it out and believes his life was spared.

I will go for now!!!!

William Lowry
Director of Global Development


Col. Tom McKnight Brings Needed Medical Supplies into Port-au-Prince

Retired Air Force physician Col. Tom McKnight, now a member of the Air Force Reserves, drove all day in the rain from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida’s Panhandle with more than 2,500 pounds of medical supplies. McKnight, a veteran of other medical missions to Haiti, said he was headed for a remote area near Port au Prince that has many injured people but has not yet received much medical help due to its location.

McKnight’s supplies included IV starter kits and fluids, which he said are essential for injured people who are certainly dehydrated. He also brought equipment necessary for an unpleasant reality of the earthquake’s aftermath, “We need all these supplies because we’ll have to do amputations down there,” said McKnight.

The heavy duffel bags of medical supplies also included scalpels, sutures, surgical masks and gowns, antibiotics, splints, heavy bandages, drain tubes, table dressings and everything else needed by a small team of physicians to set up a makeshift operating room.

McKnight also packed some bags of an important accessory that less experienced relief workers might not think of. “A piece of candy puts a smile on a kid’s face no matter where they’re from,” said McKnight.


ALERT: Clean the World Flight Schedule Saturday & Sunday

Saturday January 16, 2010
8:30 p.m.
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
Flight arrives from Memphis, TN with soap donations from Marietta Corp for Clean the World hygiene inventory. Clean the World staff will be unloading the plane for transport to the Clean the World Recycling Plant in Orlando.

Sunday January 17, 2010
8:00 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Flight #1 departing for Cap Haitien with two Clean the World members- William Lowry, Global Development Director and Pastor Brutus, Caribbean Director Will deliver hygiene products to Cap Haitien
Picking up two passengers in Cap Haitien- Robert Holliday and Brian Stout
Flight will then Travel to Jacmel, Haiti to deliver 500 pounds of desperately needed medical supplies
Flight brings Robert and Brian back to FXE

Sunday, January 17, 9:30 a.m.
Boca Raton Airport (BCT)
Boca Aviation
Flight #3 departing for Port-au-Prince with four doctors- Leisa Faulkner, Paul Burke, Jennifer Halverson, Thomas McKnight
Flight will also contain desperately needed medical supplies
Rescue missions out of Port-au-Prince coordinating now.

Sunday, January 17- 8:00 a.m.
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
Flight #2 loaded with medical and personal hygiene products by Clean the World staff.
Six Orthopaedic Surgeons bound for Cap Haitien
Flight contains desperately needed medical supplies


ALERT: Clean the World sends first Haiti supply flight today

The plane left Orlando International Airport at 12:45pm ET bound for Cap Haitien, Haiti and, hopefully, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first stop in Cap Haitien has just been confirmed. We are on the ground.

We delivered soap, medical supplies, water, doctors, nurses and Clean the World relief workers. Also, if we make it to Port-au-Prince, we will rescue two injured Haitians, flying them back to Florida. All air efforts have done in partnership with CARE. Please read the partnership details here: http://www.cleantheworld.org/blog/2010/01/alert-beginng-today-ctw-supplies.html

We are pleased to announce the following hotels have launched the Clean the World Hotel Collection Program:

We will issue a press release next week on the program. We would still like your property to join the effort to collect hygiene products for the Haitian relief effort. Click here to learn how you can do this: http://www.cleantheworld.org/blog/2010/01/alert-clean-world-hotel-partners.html