The Department of Defense, working in concert with the Canadian Foundation for
World Development, has announced plans to move more than 1.8 million pounds of
furniture, building supplies, household and medical supplies to help the people
of Haiti. The items will be surface shipped from the foundation's storage
facilities in Toronto, Ontario to the Haitian capital of Port Au Prince by
September 30, 1995.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs
(HRA) Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with other
government agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands and
strives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughout
the world. She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is often the
most economical means available to local charitable organizations to transport
donated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.
Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethal
excess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meet
humanitarian needs worldwide. In fiscal year 1994, HAP completed 72
humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisition
value of $66.5 million.