Reporter heading to the scene

James Addis in Bam, Iran, in 2004 after an earthquake. (John Schenk/WV)

James Addis arrived today in Santo Domingo, across the border from Haiti in the Dominican Republic. He will travel to Port-au-Prince tomorrow morning by helicopter. James is a seasoned veteran when it comes to crisis reporting. But one part of his job is brand-new: tweeting. Follow him and see how it goes.

Information from our office in Haiti is still scanty, and we’re not getting many details about what’s happening with our staff. But here’s a note of assurance to those of you who sponsor children in Haiti—most of World Vision’s sponsorship projects are in the interior of the country, some distance away from the earthquake’s epicenter near Port-au-Prince. We’ve heard that none of the sponsorship communities in Haiti or the Dominican Republic have been adversely affected, and it’s expected that sponsored children are all safe.

Also, World Vision had pre-positioned relief goods in Haiti in anticipation of hurricanes and other disasters. These will be distributed as soon as possible to at least 10,000 people.

On a much less dramatic note: We added a brief article about the earthquake in our Spring magazine, which is just about to go on press. We made it just under the wire, thanks to the hustle of our Journey designers.

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