Klinge Corporation partners with Astrotech to donate a refrigerated container system and generator set to orphanage in earthquake-stricken Haiti for the storage of food and medicine.

Following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, international donors pledged $5.3 billion to help rebuild the country at an aid conference. Six months after the quake, only 9% of the money that was promised to Haiti has been delivered.

An estimated 230,000 people lost their lives, 300,000 were injured, and 1,000,000 were made homeless by the catastrophic quake.

News reports have indicated that even six months after the quake, it appears that the horrendous conditions have not changed. Now, the Haitian government has shifted their priority of cleaning rubble to protecting inhabitants from the next hurricane season.

Partnering with Astrotech Space Operations, Klinge Corporation is donating a refrigerated container system and external generator set to an orphanage in Haiti. The 20ft refrigerated container system will be used to store food and medical supplies. The external generator set will be used to power the refrigeration unit in case of loss of power during a hurricane or other emergency situation.

Henrik Klinge, President and owner of Klinge Corporation, said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy. We hope that the refrigerated container system and generator set will help provide immediate aid and relief to the orphans affected by this disaster.”

To prepare the refrigerated container system for shipment to the orphanage, Klinge Corporation repaired the picture frame refrigeration unit to a fully functional state and mounted it to the 20ft ISO container (both pieces of equipment owned by Astrotech). The picture frame style refrigeration unit offers maximum cargo space for food and medicine inside the container.

Klinge Corporation also donated an external, under-mount generator set to power the refrigeration unit or other equipment requiring power when a loss of power occurs.

After the final repairs were completed, Mr Kyle Shropshire of Air Mobile Ministries in Titusville Florida offered his services free of charge to transport the system from Klinge Corporation’s facility in Pennsylvania to Astrotech in Florida. From this location, the system will be delivered to the Haitian orphanage.

“We are pleased to be working with Astrotech Space Operations and Air Mobile Ministries to provide this much-needed storage system to the orphanage. The situation in Haiti may be out of the spotlight, however we urge the international community to continue in their aid and relief efforts,” said Henrik Klinge.