The Haiti hurricane happened a month and a half ago and we have been keeping in touch with the rescuers and organizations. The restoration progress was far from optimal, in some case degrading, in Haiti with emerging health and sheltering challenges. Our prayers and awareness to the conditions of this island country in the Pacific is still sorely needed though media interest has died down.
Pajé, a teacher who fortunately escaped to a town nearby with her mom during the hurricane Matthew, was greeted by seriously destroyed debris when she returned home. Tears came down as she found that place could no longer be called home with the entire roof gone. She is in desperate need of a shelter and a job now, as the school she taught in could not operate in the near future.
Myriam had it worse than Pajé. She witnessed her roof being blown away and her walls wobble as cracks develop along them and on the ceilings. Her husband was killed in the incident, leaving her and their three children behind. As the rescuers found her, void of financial support in a ruined community, she said, “I could only pray that this will come to an end… I’m totally lost.” With the water supply shortage in the affected area, she said she would drink from any water source, which painted a worrying picture.
CEDAR will continue to partner with the member organizations of the Integral Alliance (IA), including Food for the Hungry, Medair, MTI, and World Concern Haiti in providing the most needed emergency relieves such as food, water, and shelter. We aim to satisfy the basic survival needs of the victims by distributing food, health care items, water filters, etc. The alliance is also developing a social and infrastructural prevention system with the experience gained from this disaster, where the local church networks and organizations would better react to further occurrences.
Please continue to support Haiti as it has been distressed beyond what the country could afford.
- Agricultural damage caused food shortage in Haiti where a large part of the 800,000 victims had to survive on food from outside sources. Around 61,500 of them are currently living in temporary shelters.
- Lack of clean water has caused poor living conditions where mosquitoes breed freely. The cholera outbreaks also worsened the situation.
- Pray that the Lord would use the church to provide adequate support, no matter how big or small, to the victims and bring hope to them through His mercy when they experience hopelessness.
- Pray that the Lord would let CEDAR’s partners and other organizations see the actual needs of the victims, where all our efforts would bring physical and mental comfort to them, and practically prepare Haiti in facing any challenges in both the short term and long term.
Being a member of Integral Alliance (IA) ourselves, CEDAR supports other IA members to provide emergency relief to Haiti. We urge you to act now and support our work.
*Integral Alliance is a global alliance of 23 Christian relief and development agencies, working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide. CEDAR Fund is one of the member agencies.
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