It’s been a little over a week since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti and then a tropical storm dumped rain on the affected areas causing even more devastation. The past week has been filled with heartbreaking stories and stories of hope. We wish you could all see the messages and coordination that is happening across the country. Helicopters and planes are flying. Hospitals are offering free care to those injured in the earthquake. People needing medical care are being brought hours across mountains for help. People who lost everything gathered to worship yesterday. We’ve seen those with little share what they have with those who lost all earthly possessions. We’ve seen pictures of devastation and we’ve seen hope.
Many of you have asked how you can help.
Pray. Many lives have been lost, homes and businesses destroyed, mudslides and rocks falling have blocked roads and gangs have interrupted supply chains making transportation of supplies difficult.
In Gonaives, all of our staff, families and facilities are safe. The earthquake was felt but there was no damage. The earthquake has impacted our community as many have family and friends in the south and all remember the pain and loss from the 2010 earthquake. This has led to a great desire to help.
Medical Professionals from all over Haiti are in the south and trusted organizations already working in the affected area are evaluating needs. At this time we are not sending in a team to the affected area but we have been asked to help fill a truck full of supplies.Tents, tarps, food and water are top needs at this time. Hope Community Project is sending 30,000 dried meals (vegetables and rice) and as much water and other supplies as we can buy! If you’d like to donate to this effort please give by Friday August 27 at donateforhope.org and tag emergency fund. After Friday, monies received will be passed on to trusted organizations already working and with a presence in the affected areas.
Thank you for your support and prayers.