July 20, 2012
In January 2010, a devastating earthquake and the ensuing aftershocks ravaged Haiti. In the following months, rescue personnel and volunteers flooded into this small nation to help rebuild the country. Despite the ongoing rescue effort, the majority of the population still lived in terrible conditions with a lack of proper sanitation and with all kinds of pests and vermin as neighbors.
Although the earthquake occurred in early 2010, Haiti is still recovering in 2012. It was with this backdrop that a local Knoxville family decided to volunteer in Port-au-Prince rather than take a Christmas vacation in December 2011. While working at an orphanage, the family experienced some of the detrimental conditions and daily hazards that the Haitian population still faced, such as living in open-air shelters to which rats could easily gain entry.
Upon their return from Haiti, the family asked Pest Ops for a solution to the rats that were in the orphanage. The Pest Ops team considered donating either rat bait or rat traps to alleviate the problem, but we decided to donate rat traps since they could be reused and would not present any problems in transportation.
The family soon returned to the Haiti orphanage with two cases of rat traps (about sixty traps) donated by Pest Ops. With these traps, the volunteers were able to show the workers at the orphanage how to use them to effectively catch invading rodents. Throughout that first night, the children and volunteers could hear the traps regularly snapping shut with new victims. In the morning, the kids made a game out of this new blessing by searching for the fullest trap of the night.
By arming locals with a simple way to combat vermin, Pest Ops hopes to do what it can to improve conditions in Haiti for at least one group of children.
This July, the family returned to Haiti to again help out the same orphanage. As before, Pest Ops donated several pest control supplies to improve the standard of living for those in need of some comfort.
Pest Ops hopes to continue this relationship with both the selfless family and the Haitian orphanage. We look forward to the next opportunity where we can lend a hand in Haiti.