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Boots on the Ground Initiative

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Boots on the Ground Initiative

In January 2010, following the devasting earthquake that rocked the country of Haiti, killing an estimated 250,000 people, injuring and displacing another estimated 300,000, IBWPPI launched our Boots on the Ground Initiative. Although the organization was just a year old, our vision to help women and families in dire need was clear. We immediately convened a public hearing in the United States Senate Building with the help of our Sr. Advisor, Hon. Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (retired). This informational hearing allowed survivors and advocates to share their stories of specific families and needs. Our Board of Directors quickly decided that we would locate a local partner with whom we could work to get resources in the hands of people hardest hit.

C2C-IBWPPI-Haiti-Meeting | IBWPPI
C2C and IBWPPI members meeting with the Petit Goave Community in Haiti

We began our People-to-People resource distribution efforts.

In order to reduce the spread of water-borne diseases and protection of the feet of people having to wade through muddy waters to survive, we launched our Boots on the Ground Initiative. We learned that over $16 billion in aid flowed into Haiti over 10 years, between 2010 and 2020. We also learned of the enormous waste and how tragically, millions of residents living in the hills and communities such as Petit Goave, a coastal city near the epicenter of the earthquake remains in major recover mode. Most of the resources in disaster situations end up in the main cities, like Port-Au-Prince, in Haiti.

The Boots on the Ground Program provides work, rain and safety boots for survivors of natural disasters in the US and abroad. In 2017, IBWPPI immediately took action when hurricane Harvey made land fall in Houston, Texas as a category 4 hurricane, leaving many casualties and massive destruction behind. Then again, in 2018, we learned that severe weather had prevented many local farmers in West Africa from bringing their much-needed crops to market. IBWPPI shipped by sea in large containers boots for men and women farmers in a village just outside of Kumasi, Ghana.

We are most committed to getting the funds in the hands of the families, avoiding the bureaucracy and red tape that often times get in the way of families being able to quickly get what they so desperately need.

The program does not only supply boots, but also other types of emergency and hygiene items to support those hit hardest by these natural disasters. Through our partnership with Medshare, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to improve lives and communities, IBWPPI set out to help up to 200 families negatively impacted by 2019 hurricane Dorian that rested over the islands of the Bahamas for more than 24 hours, leaving deaths and destruction like never before on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. For one year, IBWPPI has continuously helped families with emergency items, and monetary aid that they could use however they wish.

IBWPPI has raised thousands of dollars and distributed those funds in multiple ways. We are most committed to getting the funds in the hands of the families, avoiding the bureaucracy and red tape that often times get in the way of families being able to quickly get what they so desperately need.