February 22th 2010:  Carrefour Census

Even though it has been nearly two months since the January 12th earthquake there are many things that needed to be done by the government that have not been done.  One of those things is a census.  Officially, for the past two months the government has had no idea how many people have actually died, or lost homes, or are living in refugee camps; its all been guess work.  When the Mayor of Carrefour asked Pastor Jean Heder Petit-Frere to help draft an official request for aid on behalf of the city of Carrefour the first question that needed to be answered was how much aid was needed.  The Office of the Mayor, however, had no conclusive numbers to offer.  The need for a census became an immediate priority.  However, the Office of the Mayor was ill-equipped to handle such a large task in such a short amount of time.  Not to mention, many Haitians do not look favorably on any government body and would refuse to participate in a census organized by the government.
Therefore, Shabach Ministries International (SMI) stepped in to help.  SMI organized a group of young volunteers to take the census data.  Their payment: food.  SMI used the ministry vehicles to transport the volunteers to their respective areas.  After picking them up at the end of the day and taking them back to the main campus another group of volunteers entered the data into computers. 
The blue shirts that the volunteers are wearing say "Kingdom Volunteer" on the back and include the logo of SMI's church in Carrefour, Famille Tabernacle de Louange (FTL).  It was necessary to equip the volunteers with these shirts so that the general populations wouldn't suspect them of being government workers and refuse to participate (or worse). 
Census data will be posted on this website as soon as it is prepared.   Before the earthquake there were reportedly 426,024 people living in Carrefour and the surrounding county.
SMI's Eau Vive truck transports census volunteers              The back of the t-shirts                    Entering the census data into the computers