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Do Not Forget Haiti

I have been on numerous mission trips where I have seen terrible conditions, so I did not think I was going to be shock by Haiti. But even before the earthquake Haiti was one on the poorest nations in the world with more than 70% of people living on less than $US2 per day. In Port-au-Prince less than 1/3 of the people had access to tap water. The January 12 (2010) earthquake affected 2 million people, damaging 180,000 homes and leaving one and a half million people living in camps. Seeing these tent cities is what affected me the most, here it is 15 months later and the people are still living in one room tarp houses packed together like refugees.

While I was in Haiti, Michel Martelly was announced as the new president. There is now renewed hope for real change in Haiti. Pray that he will be able to do all he has promised, especially breaking the decades of corruption and misrule. Our team was to take part in FFCC’s food distribution but the government would not allow the free food out of the Port. It had been sitting in a container for a few months and is still there.

Haiti greatest necessities are clean water, sanitation, and good leadership.  There is about one toilet for every 200 people in the tent cities. FFCC is helping bring clean water to Haiti, in January a team provided filter systems to the Aviation area tent city. There had been 10-15 deaths a week at that time, by March with the use of the water filters the cholera cases were down to 2-3 a week. Part of what we did during our week in Haiti was distributing water filters to schools, orphanages and families in the towns of Leogane and Carrefour.

We also enjoyed playing with the children at the schools & orphanages. I was inspired by their sense of hope and joy even in desperate circumstances.

The work project for the week was helping with the construction of the office building for a new orphanage. When completed the orphanage will care for 200 children on a permanent bases.

The people of Haiti are beautiful and resilient, especilly the orphan children. With a stable government there can be hope for recovery.


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