Amway Haiti relief exceeds $1 million

Feb 16, 2010

There are so many milestones worth mentioning, and this is a big one.

Combining the value of our product donations, money raised and affiliate giving, Amway donations to Haiti relief now exceed $1 million, including $823,417 in cash giving.

This includes contributions of the company, our affiliates, IBOs, employees and customers. Our thanks go out to all of you who contributed through our website, and those who have done local fundraisers to help in any way you can.

I could tell you about the teams assembling products for IBOs in Haiti, or the flights that have inspired other companies to step up, or the hundreds of dollars that have been raised by our international affiliate offices.

But perhaps the best update is from one of the doctors who flew to Haiti on one of our corporate planes. This was part of a team that literally saved thousands of lives. Below is the text of the letter, and you can find Dr. Edmonson's blog at http://www.cultureandsensitivity.blogspot.com.

 

Dear Mr. DeVos,

On behalf of a host of grateful doctors, nurses, pastors, and Creole translators, I want to extend heartfelt thanks to you and to Amway Corporation for allowing us to accomplish a mission in post-earthquake Haiti that few other civilian groups were able to do: establish a MASH-type field hospital near the quake epicenter.

As you are aware, the airport in Port-au-Prince was destroyed, except for one functional runway, and all commercial travel in and out of that airport was suspended. Access, the one infrastructural component upon which all rapid response efforts and other infrastructure repairs depend, was crippled. We had a situation where grave and desperate need could not be immediately met, not for lack of human compassion (there was plenty of that), but for simple lack of access.

Enter Amway. But for the willingness of you and others at Amway to make available your resources of planes, tens of thousands of sick and injured Haitians (perhaps more) would not have had the life-saving medical care we knew we could provide … if we could only get there. Thanks to you, we were able to send three plane loads of personnel and supplies, enough to set up a functional field hospital capable of treating several hundreds of patients every day. This hospital continues operation today and looks to be a sustainable project for some period of time.

Soon after we arrived, other relief organization teams visited our site, adding vital components in making the hospital not only a point of acute medical care, but a strategically-located access point for water (providing the village of Petit Goave with 10,000 gallons of pure drinking water every day), and for forthcoming follow-up care (rehabilitation services, prosthetic limb fitting, psychiatric counseling, etc.).

No way could this have happened without the critical, first-response-type role that Amway played in getting us and our supplies down there in the first place.

I would like to add my own thanks to your flight department for pulling off this logistically-impossible feat … This whole enterprise in human compassion and response has been a great testimony to the power of availability and collaboration and synergy. "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken," Solomon once said. This effort has certainly proven him true.

So, on behalf of the tens of thousands of precious Haitians benefiting from your large and kind hearts, thank you. And from the bottom of my heart I share their gratitude. You have made the world a better place.

Sincerely,

Steve Edmondson, D.O.

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