As many of you are aware, on Saturday morning, August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south-western peninsula of Haiti. Aftershocks in the range of magnitude 5 followed. Significant tremors were felt in Port-au- Prince. Thankfully, we can report that no damage was done to any of our structures.
Sadly, many others were not so lucky. Closer to the epicenter, death, injuries, and damage are rampant. The roads and bridges are barely passable. At present it will be necessary to deliver relief materials by plane or helicopter. Trucks will be used in the days ahead. For all Haitians who experienced the earthquake of 2010, this is a traumatic replay of tragedy.
As people of God, what do we do at such a time? Pray. Assess the damage. Pray. Reach out to help. And, pray some more. Many of you have reached out asking how you can help.
One of the lessons learned from past times of crisis is that it is most effective to make donations through local organizations of high integrity with a track record of getting needed supplies delivered. Fondation pour les Enfants d’Haiti (FEH) has a history of trustworthiness and quick response.
In hard times we want to embrace the injured. We want them to know they are not alone, that others care. FEH is ready to do this. We have emergency supplies ranging from antibiotics and IVs to hygiene products and non-perishable foods stockpiled in Port-au-Prince. Plans are being made to move what is on hand and additional items that can be purchased in Haiti. For local distribution, FEH is partnering with a personally-known, reputable mission in Camparin, a village near the epicenter.
FEH is also partnering with Humedica International, a German relief organization. As soon as the Haitian government allows, a medical team will be sent to assist local doctors. Humedica worked with FEH in the past, and knows they can rely on us for local management and support.
Your donation made to United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti will be put to work immediately to purchase and deliver urgently needed necessities. The Haitian people hit the hardest by the recent earthquake will know that God’s love prevails.
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