Building Bonds of Solidarity with Our Sisters & Brothers in Haiti. Many Hands Make the Burden Lighter.
MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew has caused the worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake. We are very concerned for all those at risk in Haiti, especially those who live at sea level in Cite Soleil, where the Lamp clinic, and SAKALA are located. Not only are families in these low lying areas most at risk, least likely to have access to food and clean water, they are also those least able to afford to evacuate.
Now, a resurgence of cholera seems likely.
While we very much appreciate those who were able to come out to any of our "Haiti Solidarity Week" events last week, we feel compelled to ask for your support again.
Thankfully, and because of you, we just sent Maco, our orphanage director back to Haiti with a powerinverter and a generator for MABEorphanage; hopefully he can get through to Haiti from Florida.
However, if the Lamp Clinic and SAKALA survive this assault, they will also need our help more than ever as they serve the poorest of the poor and hardest hit.
If you possibly can send, even a little, to "Children's Hope" - it could mean so much.
I just can't stand to think of any child there tonight, hunkered down in the cold and pouring rain, fearful in the dark, with the storm stalled and swirling around them. Won't you please help, even just a dollar?
Peace, All ways and always, Leisa
Checks can be made out to:
Children's Hope 3025A Cambridge Road Cameron Park, CA 95682
Below, is some of the news from the handicapped orphanage "Children's Hope" supports and Renee who manages "Wings."
Renee was able to send out a very short message around 1:50pm today. We have not heard from her or any of our other loved ones in Haiti since, most likely due to lack of power and internet.
Cell phone service only working in about 20 second bursts very infrequently. Wind and rain is still bad in Jacmel. The wind was really wicked for a few hours mid morning to about 1PM. We are still holding out own at Wings, but wish this was over. It seems like it will be a long day followed by another long night.
The New York Times reports that one of the bridges on the road to Jacmel collapsed, cutting off transportation. Reports also indicate that Les Cayes, Guichard's home town, was hit particularly hard.
Plantains, were unable to be harvested in time before the storm, which will undoubtedly contribute to a food shortage. Additionally, the storm destroyed avocado and banana trees, another major source of food and nutrition.
Prof. Leisa Faulkner, Folsom Lake College Executive Director, Children's Hope 3025 Cambridge Road #A Cameron Park, CA 95682 USA 916.801.4184
Many hands make the burden lighter... thank you for your support!
MABE Orphanage, Port au Prince
These are the Mabe kids who we have fallen in love with and have watched grow up over the last few years. They were taken in off the streets by our dear friend Orel "Maco" Lisius and his family, and are being raised in a loving environment. But they have very few resources: no electricity, no running water, no flush toilets.
The Lamp for Haiti Clinic
The Lamp for Haiti is an amazing, inspiring community medical clinic providing free care to the children of Cite Soleil, the poorest and most notorious slum in Haiti.
SAKALA -- Cite Soleil's Youth Community Center
SAKALA is a program established in 2006 to develop the capacity of young people in Cite Soleil. SAKALA mixes sports with social integration programs, youth leadership, peace education, and environmental protection.
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