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Digicel distributes aid to 4,000 people in Port-au-Prince

Friday, January 29, 2010    

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DIGICEL Wednesday distributed vital supplies to nearly 4,000 Haitians camping in the garden of the prime minister's office in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

More than 650 families -- with 270 children under the age of four -- have been living in tents in the garden since the magnitude-7 earthquake struck on January 12 killing hundreds of thousands and leaving millions homeless.

"Supplies included T-shirts, powdered milk, oats, tinned food and crackers, as well as medical supplies for the Red Cross who are treating the injured in the camp," Digicel said in a news release yesterday.

The mobile provider also installed a water tank with 400 gallons of drinking water -- which will be refilled every other day -- and a charging station for those who need electricity to charge their mobile phones.

"When we were approached by the leader of the camp, we immediately mobilised our team with the necessary supplies to assist those living in the camp," said Digicel Haiti Marketing Director Tatiana Policard. "However, this aid distribution is just a drop in the ocean. There are hundreds of thousands of people living in makeshift campsites right across Port-au-Prince who are in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies.

"Sixteen days after the earthquake, it is critically important that the aid keeps coming in and is distributed to those in need. Digicel will continue to do everything in its power to assist the people of Haiti," said Policard.

Since the earthquake, Digicel has sent over 90,000 lbs of provisions and 21,000 lbs of medical supplies and antibiotics to help those whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake.

Digicel said that it is the single largest investor in Haiti with a total investment of over U$300 million since its launch in 2006 and has over two million customers there.

The company also said that its Haiti Relief Fund has donated US$5 million to NGOs in Haiti to support the relief efforts and over US$500,000 has been raised by Digicel customers across the Caribbean and Central America through a text and voice donation line.

Digicel also said that it has recorded more than 60 video messages of support for Haiti by well-known people including Usain Bolt, President Martinelli of Panama, and West Indies cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers.

All videos can be viewed on www.facebook.com/helphaiti.

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