As we continue to receive information from our local leaders in Haiti, we will be posting it here on the blog, so check back for updates.
WE DID IT! Our goal of $42,500 for Haiti relief kits has been raised and surpassed. Thank you to everyone who donated to provide relief to hundreds of families.
Our Local Heroes found a place to purchase food in bulk are currently putting together family packages containing rice, beans, and water filters to distribute to the families they have identified as being in the greatest need. This is Phase 1 of the relief efforts. Phase 2 will begin next week with a team of staff from the US office flying down to join the Haiti staff in assessing the needs, locating supplies, and assisting families.
Please continue to pray for the Haitian families and for our ability to reach them with the things they need. Specifically, pray over food sources and reliable connections to resources for quick action. In some parts of the island, more than 80% of the crops are gone, and food has become very expensive. While we are supplying the rice and beans these families need immediately, we are also working with other organizations to search for the most reasonable food sources for the long term.
Continue to check back for more information in the next few weeks! Until the next update, Semira wanted to send everyone a short video expressing his deep gratitude for the help that has been provided.
Because food is so scarce, food prices have inflated much more than expected—but funds have been sent to help our Local Heroes start getting rice and beans to 250 families. They are expecting the water filters any day, and when they receive them they will train each family on the proper way to use the filter as they are being distributed.
Our Country Director, Semira, said yesterday, “I feel that the Lord is working and people are praying for us.” Thanks to everyone for praying and for the generous contributions toward relief kits. We are only $4,000 away from our initial goal — can we raise the rest of it this weekend?
The outpouring of generosity this past week has been overwhelming… Over $25,000 has already been donated toward relief kits, putting us 60% of the way toward reaching our goal! Thank you to everyone who has shown love to the Haitian people during their time of great need by joining the relief efforts.
320 household water filters are en-route to Haiti right now and will be distributed to families in the next few days. And our Global Health Team, who is working closely with our Local Heroes on the ground, is developing an immediate plan for more sustainable food sources.
If you would like to join the efforts and donate a relief kit, please visit the VisionTrust website.
After visiting each of our programs this week, VisionTrust Haiti Country Director, Semira, was able to pass along the following information:
- The flooding has gone down, so they are no longer in standing water.
- In the area where Grand Savann School and Evans’ Restavek School are located, many homes have been damaged or destroyed, so the children and their families are staying in shelters or with relatives. The high winds also destroyed the gardens that supported these programs.
- Similarly, the Montrouis community suffered damage to many homes and lost their gardens and livestock. Additionally, the water source here has been compromised.
- In the Coupon community, the crops were destroyed and the water well was flooded and contaminated.
All of the programs have a food issue, and two of them have a serious water concern. Semira shared, “We will have health problems—diarrhea, cholera, etc.” While clean water is the most immediate priority right now, remain assured that we will be addressing all of these needs through our relief kits which will help provide not just clean water but food, shelter materials, and hygiene supplies.
Please continue to pray.
Original Post: 10/7/16
What we know so far is that although they were affected, all of the children we serve are safe. Our country director, Semira, is in the process of further assessing each location alongside the program leaders.
Many Haitian families are still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, struggling to meet their basic needs even before the hurricane. Now, flooded wells and rivers are placing people at risk for dehydration and water-borne diseases such as cholera, making access to clean water the most immediate concern.
Our local staff are preparing to distribute relief kits containing clean water supplies and other necessary items like food, shelter materials, and hygiene supplies to an expected 500 families in the greatest need in our partner communities. “We can act fast,” our CEO and President Matt Storer says, “because our local Haitian staff and volunteers are ready to carry out relief efforts, putting donations to use right away.” You can help a family survive by donating one of these relief kits.
Right on the heels of the relief plan will be a restoration plan, once we have assessed the full extent of the damage and the needs of the children and communities. Please pray for wisdom and health for our local leaders and safety for the country as a whole.
OUR WORK IN HAITI
We have been partnering in Haiti since 2011 and currently serve more than 400 children through three schools and a Learning Center. We partner with local staff to provide for the children’s physical, educational, and spiritual needs. Check out our website to learn more.