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Yacht delivers supplies to Haitian orphanage
Kate
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:51 AM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 41


According to an article in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Capt. Walter Rowan of M/Y Major Wager and his crew figured out a way to get food and supplies to an orphanage in Haiti. He says other yachts can do the same. Here is the article copied below:

Aspenites deliver food for Haiti orphans
By Scott Condon

ASPEN, Colorado — The foundation in Haiti operated by Joe and Susie Krabacher of Aspen got supplies for one of their orphanages from an unlikely source over the weekend.

A motor yacht owned by Tom and Molly Bedell, Aspen business owners and residents of the Fryingpan Valley, dropped off a ton of rice, 250 gallons of bottled water, 27 cases of canned meat and fish, 15 cases of baby food and various other supplies at a Haitian resort Sunday. From there it was trucked a short distance to the Mercy and Sharing Foundation's Williamson campus, an orphanage, school and feeding center about 40 miles north-northwest of Port-au-Prince.

The Bedells' 160-foot yacht, Major Wager, was leaving Panama over the weekend. Weather forced it to sail a route close to Haiti, said Capt. Walter Rowan, who spoke from his satellite phone on Tuesday. “Knowing how the Bedells are, I said, ‘Let's see what we could do'” to deliver supplies to the country ravaged by an earthquake, he said.

His crew rounded up supplies in Panama, then contacted several major relief organizations. They were geared to accept cash donations rather than food.

“When you come at them with something as bizarre as a private motor yacht with supplies, they don't know how to respond,” Rowan said.

So he told the Bedells about his quandary, and Molly told him to sit tight. She was aware of the Krabachers' efforts in Haiti so she got in touch with the Mercy and Sharing Foundation. Joe Krabacher and Rowan worked out logistics for the supply delivery.

“We decided it made no sense to try and get the supplies in through the bottlenecked port in Port-au-Prince, or to drop them off at one of the other, more remote ports that are currently operating,” Krabacher said. He guided the yacht to an area called Arcahaie, about 3 miles from Williamson, to check out a possible beach landing.

Rowan's crew scouted the area and found 300 homeless people living in makeshift shelters on the beach. Their meager possessions included cows and goats. It wasn't prudent to land the supplies there, Rowan said, because they never would have made it to the orphanage.

Krabacher came up with a secondary plan. His foundation contacted a nearby, gated resort, which agreed to allow the vessel to land its supplies. Rowan's crew of seven used a smaller craft to ferry supplies to shore. The resort employees helped unload the supplies, which were shipped to the Williamson campus, escorted by a security team hired by Mercy and Sharing.

The beach resort might as well have been a world away from all the suffering taking place in other parts of Haiti, Krabacher wrote in an update of the foundation's issues.

“While the rest of the island is in crisis, when they landed at the beach resort, which is fenced in, it seemed to be business as usual — people were sitting in lawn chairs around the pool, sunning and swimming, and sipping piña coladas,” Krabacher wrote. “It never amazes us what happens in this upside-down world of the Republic of Haiti.”

Rowan said several U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships were anchored off the coast where his yacht was waiting to make the supply drop. Ships would periodically contact him to inquire about his intentions. The sight of a white yacht was obviously strange. He figured he would be told to buzz off, but when he informed them of his mission, he was always told good luck.

Helping out the kids in the orphanage was rewarding for the yacht crew.

“In the big picture, the amount of supplies we had was a drop in the bucket,” Rowan said, adding that even a small tree provides some shade. “I felt like we were doing something that might save a life.”

The effort might continue. Rowan was uncertain if the Major Wager will be sailing by Haiti anytime soon, but he is networking with captains of other vessels, suggesting they consider dropping off supplies.

The Mercy and Sharing Foundation continues to need cash donations. Go to www.haitichildren.org and find the link for contributions.

Link to article
ShadF
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:42 PM
Joined: 18/03/2009
Posts: 10


WELL DONE MAJOR WAGER!!!!!!!! Beers on me if we ever cross paths.
girlondeck
Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 1:53 PM
Joined: 06/01/2009
Posts: 6


If only there were more yacht owners who were willing to share their wealth in such a practical way! Nice One Captain!

Joni Dennis
Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 5:17 PM
Joined: 25/06/2009
Posts: 2




 Maybe this will get some of the charitable juices flowing from the other owners....we can only hope.

Anonymous
Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 7:52 PM

Sure glad to hear our Coast Guard and Navy are anchored up in Haiti. Maybe that's why 49 Haitians landed at Coral Harbor on New Provedence last Monday? The exodus has begun!


Philbrown23
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:45 AM
Joined: 25/03/2009
Posts: 1


Wow! What a great job - an achievement Im sure we are all in awe of. From the bottom of my heart, thankyou. Please ignore the planks who try to turn this political.
KWH
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:16 PM
Joined: 26/07/2008
Posts: 1


Kudos to the crew of M/Y Major Wager & it's owners for making such an effort, regardless of scale.

The decision to take action to relieve human suffering, when possible, is a purely noble, selfless cause & should never be endeavored in consideration of the politics, skin color, or religious beliefs of the recipients.

In an effort to diffuse the often "crew vs. owners" mentality I tend to see in so many posts on so many topics, it should also be noted (in this case) that many of the owners of the vessels we work on give generously through charities and other philanthropic pursuits, on scales we can scarcely fathom. For many of these successful individuals, it doesn't take a devastating earthquake to awaken their sense of giving back... I would dare say most already do, on some scale.

Regardless, giving back should always be encouraged - not just in times of tragedy.

I'm sure like me, many of you who earn tip income are hard pressed not to leave a generous tip for a hard-working server in a restaurant or bar. I would issue a challenge to everyone here to apply that same sense of generosity to a charity or cause worthy of your support.

Anonymous
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010 5:55 PM

Coodos to all Captains, owners, and those in this industry that are helping without many people knowing. 

Capt Joi collected supplies from a lot of us in Ft. Lauderdale at the Sawgrass Mills and had a boat deliver them to Haiti.  I don't know the name of the boat though.  National Marine on SW 2nd  Ave in Ft. Lauderdale collected supplies and has sent 2 planes down there.  I think most of us are doing what we can.  Lets keep it up.


Anonymous
Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:24 PM
Good on you Captain Walter, widely regarded as one of the finest Skippers out there.
Kate
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 3:02 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 41


Capt. Joei In Ft. Lauderdale is connected with an orphanage in Haiti and has been including me on her correspondence list of news from them. This email came today from Martine, the head of the orphanage.

WAS ABLE TO FEED KIDS AND GET THEM TO MAKE A TABLE WITH BENCH FOR THE KIDS TO SIT DOWN AND EAT WITH MONIES DONATED FROM MISSION LOVE SEEDS AND CAPT. JOEI. WE ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE CHILDREN BY THE DAYS. CAN'T TAKE THEM ALL. HURTS VERY MUCH TO TURN THEM AWAY BUT WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH FOR THE 35 THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT TURNED INTO 38 AS OF 2 WEEKS AGO. THERE IS SO MANY KIDS WHO LOST SO MUCH AND ARE SUFFERING ANXIETIES.

JEAN-LUC AND I HAVE PICKED-UP BARBIE CAROLL AND HER TEAM FROM MISSION LOVE SEEDS TO BRING THEM TO HAITI TOMORROW TO MEET OUR KIDS AND SEE HOW THEY CAN HELP. SO PLEASE PRAY. WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED FOR FOOD AND WATER. STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN THAT TYPE OF HELP AS OF YET. UNICEF CAME AND BROUGHT SOME CLOTHES TOOTHBRUSH TOOTHPASTE BLANKETS TOWELS MATS ETC. STILL AWAITING FOOD WATER AND POSSIBLY TENTS. WE ARE SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR IN THE BACKYARD ALL OF US ON TOP OF EACH OTHER PACKED LIKE SARDINES. I WAKE UP SOME NIGHTS WITH PEE ALL OVER ME AS THE KIDS LOVE TO SLEEP WITH ME.

WENT TO FOOD FOR THE POOR AS BECKY BARNES FROM PARLAY LLC RECOMMENDED ME TO MR. CLEMENT BELIZAIRE WHO IS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR. WAS ASKED TO WRITE A DEMAND LETTER AND PRESENT IT WITH 2 LETTERS OF REFERENCE. BECKY HAS WRITTEN ONE FOR US. I NEED ONE MORE. THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH WHERE THE KIDS AND I SLEPT FOR A FEW DAYS AND WHERE WE HAVE MADE OUR CHURCH HOME HAS TAKEN US UNDER HIS WINGS. THAT IS A GREAT BLESSING. AT LEAST NOW WE HAVE LOCAL SPIRITUAL COVERING. THAT WILL ALSO HELP US WITH RECEIVING SHIPPED DONATED ITEMS AS WE WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY CUSTOM FEES AND WE NOW HAVE ACCESS TO LARGE STORAGE SPACE AT THE CHURCH DESIGNATED FOR US. GOD IS TRULY GOOD. HIS FAVOR IS AMAZING. SO PLEASE KEEP ON PRAYING FOR US WE DESPERATELY NEED IT AND YOUR PRAYERS ARE WORKING TO BRING US BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD AND OBTAINING HIS FAVOR.

THANK YOU. WILL SEND YOU MORE PICTURES AS SOON AS I CAN.

WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT TRANSPIRES WITH MISSION LOVE SEEDS AND FOOD FOR THE POOR. LOVE MARTINE

It's heartbreaking that they don't have food and water and are turning away more orphans. Can any yacht follow Major Wager's example and deliver food and tents to them directly? If so, email Capt. Joei at mscaptjo@aol.com.
tkeogh
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 5:00 PM
Joined: 26/08/2008
Posts: 2


If there is anything I can do to assist any yachts that would like to use Puerto Rico as a staging area to get supplies to Haiti, please let me know.  Yachts departing the caribbean for the season will be passing by Haiti and those predisposed to help out can provision easily in Puerto Rico and drop off on the way north.  I understand it's not as simple as it sounds, and the logistics of what to do with the supplies once the yacht arrives in the DR or Haiti is the hard work.  I would like to help where I can.  I met the First Mate from Major Wager in the Airport in St. Maarten - and met Capt. Joei last week - both very inspirational stories.

I manage a marina on the Southeast coast of Puerto Rico and I can also help make arrangements for yachts in San Juan.  Please feel free to contact me for additional information - tkeogh@marinamanagement.com


Tina-Marie
Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 8:29 PM
Joined: 08/09/2009
Posts: 1


God Bless you Captain and crew. And you are very lucky to have such generous and kind owners to work for. Bless you all! It's nice to hear something positive like this.
 
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