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January 15, 2010
Relief workers confront challenge of efficient aid distribution

The overriding challenge in Haiti now is to move food, water and medical supplies the relatively short distance from the airport in Port-au-Prince to the people who desperately need them in the city.

Aid is coming in — plenty of it — but damage to roads is severely affecting the distribution.

That should change as the first U.S. troops arrive and begin handing out food and water. By Monday, as many as 10,000 Americans will be in Haiti or offshore.

For more on the aid effort in Haiti, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jordan Ryan, the director of crisis prevention and recovery at the U.N. Development Program.

For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.

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Firstly, we wish to extend once again our sincere condolences to the people and the government of Haiti following the tragic death and massive destruction caused by the earthquake of 12 January 2010

The country of about 9 million people, most of them desperately poor, has struggled with political instability and has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of the buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

moladi is geared to support and provide our construction technology to assist Haiti and her people in the reconstruction process that will follow. moladi reinforced walls and stub wall configuration is designed to with stand earthquakes and minimize the damage created by the impact. With the moladi process of formwork construction we are able to utilize the rubble from the collapsed buildings to create new permanent structures – Reducing construction time and cost – stronger than block or brick walls. Very important to eliminate costly ‘tented camps’.
Many Haitians are now unemployed (even before the earthquake), therefore it is vital to create jobs and not simply offer an end product. The need is not only for houses but also for schools shops offices and all the building structures that have been destroyed (90%).

You are welcome to visit our website at http://www.moladi.net

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