There were concerns raised the tonnes of supplies would be left in a cargo hold and not in the hands of those in need, due to reports in the past highlighting corruption when foreign aid is brought to Haiti.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter spoke to the president of operation blessings about delivering help in Haiti.
“Haiti is a rough place in the best of times, Hurricane Matthew has made a bad situation much worse,” said President of Operation Blessings, Bill Horan.
International charity organization operation blessings, Bill Horan says those who do not know about working in Haiti must understand the amount how Haiti operates in a time of crisis.
“Just think about it, their country is in trouble in the best of times, Hurricane Matthew has turned the country upside down, the government is running every which way trying to do what they can with meager resources,” said President of Operation Blessings, Bill Horan.
Bill Horan says, due to the Government’s bureaucracy, every T has to be crossed and every I has to be dotted.
“And if not, things are going to get stuck in customs, things are not going to go where the people of cayman intended them to go necessarily, certainly not in a hurry,” said President of Operation Blessings, Bill Horan.
The plane was rescheduled from last Tuesday to this past Sunday, as local activist Matthew Leslie took the time needed to get the paperwork in check, the Haitian Government did the same.
“No taxes will be levied on this shipment, the government of Haiti has agreed to that and now we will be able to take this stuff and distribute it according to the wishes of the Cayman Islands, it’s a good thing, it took a while but it will end very well,” said President of Operation Blessings, Bill Horan.
Organizers say there’s still a long way to go with relief efforts and there are still opportunities to donate what you can.