We continue to lift up prayer for our friends in Haiti. At this point, our priests are in the process of evaluating their parishes and seeing to the most immediate needs of the people. We feel that we will have more concrete information next week. It is very hard to be patient in times like these, but roads are very difficult, water is still flowing at a rapid rate through rivers that must be crossed in order to obtain a report and cell/internet service is just beginning to be operational again.
This is a list of the specifics that I do have right now:
We do have an established Disaster Fund if you would like to give. This enables us to get help to the people most quickly…and in the long term, will help to repair storm damage and provide for the schools as the needs arise. As always, 100% of your gift will be used as you designate. The people of Haiti are strong and resilient…we know that God is in control of all circumstances.
Definitely, Matthew is the most severe storm in all Haiti's history. There is none of our schools that has not been touched by the storm in one way or another. My first visit was at Saint Matthias Parish schools. It is unbelievable from my childhood to know. It is the first time I experience those kinds of devastations. All the farms that were considered as the farmer’s bank account were washed out. So the storm cuts out their hands.
Currently, besides of the schools issues, one of the most difficult times we will be facing in Haiti is a famine because everything in terms of garden is washed out …gone. Despite the fact that things used to be hard after a disaster, I can say that it's the first time that people from Meyer, my hometown, call to say how difficult it is for them to get food .
All the principals from different schools are calling to describe their school situation. I know the load is heavy for you, but God will provide. I am free for any information you'd need. I look forward to hearing from you.
Our board met and we have determined that our first priority is to secure funding for feeding our school communities. In cooperation with Trinity Hope Feeding, we are working with our priests and principals to purchase and distribute food. Our goal is to sustain these communities for the next 30 days until they are able to get their lives and crops back up and going.
We are asking that you help us in this endeavor. For less than $2.00 per day, you can feed a family of six people. Please bring this before your church family and friends. We need to act swiftly! As always, 100% of all donations will be used as designated by the donor. We have people in place in Haiti to make this happen as soon as funds are received.
Checks can be mailed to:
Haiti Education Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 10775
El Dorado, AR 71730.
** Please note on the memo line that this is for DISASTER: FOOD. **
Or you may give to the Disaster Fund online here.
More information on individual schools will be available on the web site in coming days. We know that there will be damages to repair, etc., however, food takes priority at this point.
Thank you so much for what you are doing to pass the word. We have had a very nice response to our need for funds for immediate relief to our friends in Haiti. I spoke to Ancy and he told me that the priests were shocked at how quickly HEF responded to their needs. Ancy did confirm that the food prices have doubled in Haiti. He will be purchasing food tomorrow and will begin the distribution. By the end of the weekend, we will know how the process has worked for them. In talking with him, I do feel that things are beginning to stabilize somewhat. There is still concern about food supply, but I did not hear the panic in his voice that we heard on Monday. He suggested that we think long term into the possibility of providing chickens and goats to replace the many lost during the hurricane. We will look into our options to see how we might best do this. Ancy said that he will also be visiting with the principals as he makes the deliveries to determine the condition and needs of the schools. The report from Trinity Hope Feeding Program also sheds some light on the situation and intent to reopen the doors of the schools. This is such a great priority for all of the teachers and students in Haiti! Pere Fred has already sent quotes to repair/replace the schools that were destroyed in his area. Pere Michaud, Pere Bearvoir and Rev. Carmel Chery are working hard in their communities to put things back together We will begin to work through the process of construction sometime next week.
I love the spirit of the Haitian people. They are overcomers…ever full of HOPE! This is what propels them forward even in the hardest times.
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