By Staff, Baptist Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) – At a garbage dump on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince, gaunt and weary-looking Haitians formed two lines to wait in the searing sun for Buckets of Hope to be unloaded from a truck near Eglise Baptiste Canaan.
The church, named for the Promised Land, ironically is planted at the garbage dump where a makeshift city of displaced Haitians has sprung up since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
The Buckets of Hope were among the thousands that had been languishing in the capital city’s port for two months before Haitian customs officials, overwhelmed by the processing of other shipments of supplies since the earthquake, would release the shipping containers transporting the buckets.
Five containers filled with 6,750 buckets have been released by government officials as of June 25. Thirteen more await release.
At the garbage dump, Moreno Robert, pastor of Eglise Baptiste Canaan, coordinated the food distribution to the tent city.
“Normally we don’t ask strangers to give food to our families,” he said through a translator. “But since Jan. 12 there is little work so there is little food. We are obliged.”