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Jan 13, 2010 10:06 PM by Andy Koen

Compassion International awaiting word from staff in Haiti

There's a nervous tension in the air at the Colorado Springs offices of Compassion International as the global children's aid ministry awaits word as to the over 80 staff members it has working in Haiti.

Mark Hanlon the Senior Vice President of Compassion's USA group says they have mobilized a crisis response team to Haiti to help locate and attend to their staff members and the greater Haitian community.

The team has flown from Miami to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and are in the process of charting flights to Haiti.  Hanlon says the president of Compassion's Canadian division had just flown to Port-au-Prince hours prior to the earthquake.

He says they have received a text message from him saying that he and his time had arrived and were safe. However, no direct contact has been made with the staff members working in Port-au-Prince.

"We're hoping and we're praying that our staff and those that are in the country are not affected," Hanlon said. "However with the numbers that we're talking about and the breadth of devastation we know that we're going to have some impact that we're going to have to deal with."

Hanlon is directing the community to their website compassion.com for updates about the situation on the ground and to contribute to relief efforts.

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