Cross International hosts former Haiti prime minister Gerard Latortue
POMPANO BEACH, FL (Jan. 30, 2012) — Cross International, a Christian relief and development organization based in South Florida, hosted former prime minister of Haiti Gerard Latortue Jan. 26 for a discussion with the ministry’s leaders and staff.
Latortue highlighted the need for Christian ministries such as Cross to continue providing aid to poverty-stricken Haiti, especially as the country continues its recovery from the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
“I can tell you nothing can be done without their involvement,” Latortue said. “The churches, the different ministries all over Haiti, they are in contact with the population better than any government agencies. They are the ones to explain to the population what does reconstruction mean, what costs are involved, how difficult it is, and to make sure they will have the patience needed to successfully implement the reconstruction projects.”
In 2010 alone, Cross provided more than $52 million-worth of aid to Haiti. This aid included shipments of goods such as food, medicine and clothing and cash grants to Christian ministries such as schools, orphanages and medical facilities located throughout the country. This aid supported not only earthquake recovery projects, but also projects Cross has supported for years prior to the quake.
“Haiti has long been a priority at Cross International; it was the first country we provided aid to when we were founded in 2001,” said President Jim Cavnar. “Hearing Latortue affirm that the Christian churches and ministries we support in Haiti are making a difference for the poor means our organization is taking the right approach.”
According to Latortue, Haiti’s most daunting challenge in rebuilding after the quake is ensuring reconstruction is done properly. Cross is confronting this challenge head-on by building earthquake-resistant homes for homeless earthquake survivors. Latortue said the Haitian people are determined to rebuild a better Haiti alongside partners such as Cross International.
“It’s where I have my hope in the Haitian population, in their resilience, that they are hardworking, their will to have change,” Latortue said. “Their desire to change things, to improve things, to me is a big asset of Haiti’s recovery.”
For more information about Cross International’s support for Haiti, contact Brian Schutt, Vice President of Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cross International is 501(c)3 interdenominational Christian relief and development organization working in more than two dozen developing countries. In addition to providing material aid such as food, clothing, shelter and medicines, Cross supports ongoing programs that help the poor lift themselves out of poverty and thus break its vicious cycle. By working together with local pastors, missionaries, and churches around the world, they ensure that the aid reaches those who need it the most. For more information, visit www.crossinternational.org
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