Cots for Haiti

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security are providing in a tremendous way for Haiti by donating to The Salvation Army thousands of cots for earthquake survivors.

It would take The Salvation Army 3 months to be able to purchase the necessary amount of cots, but today New Jersey, with the approval of its partners, will provide The Salvation Army with 8,000 cots purchased from the Grainger Company. They will be sent to Florida via truck and then transported to Haiti. A backup order has already been made by The Salvation Army for a later date.

These cots, though simple items, will meet a significant need for the displaced population. Tens of thousands of individuals are living in tent cities, making for crowded and unsanitary conditions. The need for cots extends beyond just a place to sleep – parents sometimes spend the night sitting up to hold their children off the ground and safe from the elements. The rainy season has also begun, making conditions worse and threatening lives. These donors’ generosity will provide much needed relief for many.

Salvation Army Chefs’ Winning Meal Recipe

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

“Monster Meal.”

Initially, this recipe name leaves me with mixed emotions. Part of me wonders, “Should I be scared?” and another part of me asks, “Why have I not tried this ‘Monster Meal’ sooner?”

But a judging audience voted this dish, prepared by a team of Salvation Army chefs, as the “Most Flavorful” in a local Wyoming competition. Community Action, the Natrona County Detention Center, and ProStart Culinary Arts program also participated in the Iron Chef-like event where participants were required to draw their recipes from a list of shared ingredients (instant dry milk, creamy tomato soup, egg noodles, rotini, canned corn and applesauce) and prepare them within a specified time limit.

The purpose of the kitchen show-down was to demonstrate the versatility of food commodities that can be found in just about any home, specifically with social service programs, families, and individuals in mind who are looking for ways to maximize their food budget while still eating nutritional meals. The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies donated the ingredients.

Below is The Salvation Army’s winning recipe for “Monster Meal,” provided by Salvation Army chefs Carl Israel, Elijah Israel, Tracy Israel and Deb Weakland. Try it out if you have a chance and let us know what you think. Bonus points if you can figure out why it’s named that!

Monster Meal

1 onion, finely diced

1 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 lb. ground beef or any ground meat

1 can Manwich sauce

1 can creamy tomato soup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp. dry milk

1 lb. pasta, cooked and drained

1 can whole-kernel corn, drained

1 can kidney beans, drained

2 cups shredded cheese

Sauté diced onion in butter in large skillet.
Add ground meat and brown. Drain off grease.
Add Manwich sauce, soup, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce and simmer.
Combine 3 tablespoons dry milk with 1/2 cup water and add to meat mixture.
Put cooked noodles in large pot (can use same pot noodles were cooked in).
Pour the meat mixture over the noodles and stir.
Add corn, kidney beans, and cheese. Stir and heat through.

Salvation Army Aids Chile’s Fishing Communities

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Salvation Army in Chile is focusing their tsunami relief response mainly on the communities of Dichato and Caleta Tumbes. Many locals here fled to high ground and watched as the tsunami destroyed their homes, possessions and livelihoods, and in some instances took the lives of their loved ones.

One woman lost her 92-year-old father who decided to stay in their house after trusting his son, a local fisherman, that the sea well would not reach the house. On any other night that would have been true – but not on this occasion.

Another fisherman explained that he didn’t think about the boat he left behind as he and his family fled, and now he doesn’t know how he’ll be able to afford to pay for a new one. His family is currently living with many others in tents and makeshift shelters in woods on high ground inland from their homes.

The tsunami destroyed the communities’ fishing fleets, and this time of year is the most important for sardine fishermen. The season lasts only three months, and many earn almost their entire annual income during this short period.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers have been working selflessly in these coastal communities to provide food, water and clothes, helping to clear and clean properties that are still standing, and offering spiritual support. In one camp volunteers are running a children’s club to try and assist in their recovery.

The secretary of the fishermen’s cooperative in Dichato said: ‘The young men may be able to retrain to do something else but many of us are too old. All we know is fishing – it is our livelihood, it is our life.’

In addition to providing food, water, clothes, and spiritual support, The Salvation Army in Chile is considering raising donations for the purpose of replacing the boats that were swept away.

The secretary of the fishermen’s cooperative in Caleta Tumbes thanked The Salvation Army for all it was doing in the community and appealed for it to continue to give assistance.

If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts in Chile, please visit our online donation page.

Haiti Strategy Conference Plans for Long Haul

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Salvation Army’s Major Laurie Robertson reports that recommendations coming out of a Salvation Army international strategy conference held in London confirm that The Salvation Army will be heavily and closely involved in rebuilding Haiti well past the conclusion of the current emergency situation caused by January’s massive earthquake.

The conference was attended by a delegation from The Salvation Army’s Caribbean Territory, representatives from 10 Salvation Army territories involved in the relief and rebuilding process, personnel from The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters, Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), and The Salvation Army International Headquarters.

The emergency phase for The Salvation Army in Haiti is expected to last for another six to nine months. During this time The Salvation Army will continue to care for 20,000 displaced people who are living in cramped camp conditions on a soccer field in Port-au-Prince. Emergency assistance will also be ongoing for those who were adversely affected in Jacmel and Petit Goave.

One of the urgent challenges for The Salvation Army is the relocation of the 20,000 people from its emergency camp to transitional housing. It is hoped this housing will be constructed before the end of the year.

The Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince provides essential services to one of the poorest areas in Haiti and conference delegates strongly expressed their belief that The Salvation Army’s facilities needed to be rebuilt as quickly as possible. Most of its buildings have been so badly damaged that they will need to be demolished.

During the next few months prioritization of the transitional and long-term projects will take place, applications for further funding will be processed and some projects commenced while emergency relief service continues.