ECorps' communication project to assist with the relief and recovery efforts in Haiti has been a major and international coordinating project. The Foundation did not want to jump into the disaster relief fray inside the devastated country of Haiti with services, that may not be needed, or even useful to survivors of the Earthquake.
After many days of discussions with those with first-hand knowledge of the situation in Haiti, such as the Haitian Embassy, reviewing was already being provided by other agencies, the Foundation's Board Of Directors decided upon developing and implementing a network of emergency MOBILE HAITIAN COMMUNICATION CENTER system within selected provinces of Haiti.
The overall project's primary objective is a simple one; to provide a secure immediate method for use by survivors in Haiti to contact and communicate with loved ones, families and friends within the nation and internationally. Cell phone towers are non existent therefore cell phones are not usable. The Mobile Communication Centers are satellite based.
The secondary objective of the program will be provide immediate financial support to Haitian survivors in the form of employment as technicians, security, translators, and community relations assistants.
All too often after a disaster in what is sometimes called a "Third World" nation, well meaning relief agencies rush to help without taking into account the nation's DEEP ROOTED CULTURE MORES of the Area. ECorps provided emergency assistance in the Indian Ocean after the Tsunami and witnessed these unfortunate actions first hand.
The Foundation's, Board of Directors, asked its Chairman Emeritus and Founder, James Thomas, Jr. to take on the task of coordinating its Haiti Relief efforts on behalf of the organization.
Chairman Thomas will act as the Help USA First Foundation's Relief Ambassador to Haiti. The Board made it clear that his first mission will be to familiarize himself and his relief volunteer teams, with the culture and history of Haiti, its religious customs and native mores. His first charge is to respect the Haitian people's culture at ALL COSTS.The use of Haitian citizens as paid staffers in country will assist in this effort.