Friday, September 19, 2008
Gonaives, Haiti - Initial shipments of aid are reaching the areas of Haiti hit hard by Hurricane Hanna reports Dr. John Wilch of Canada’s Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. According to the most recent e-mail from President Revenel Benoit of the Lutheran Church of Haiti (LCH) much of the area is still under about a metre of water. About 1,000 persons (including a new-born baby) are taking refuge in Faith Lutheran Church, having lost their homes to the flooding.
With a lack of medicine and clean water, half of them, including Pastor Benoit, are sick. This week they were planning to dispense food to 4000 hungry people and receive a second shipment of food and, hopefully, medical supplies.
An early estimate places the destruction to the Lutheran social services and churches in and near Gonaives at more than $200,000. In addition, the hurricane caused extensive damage in other areas, especially Archaie and Jacmel.
Most of the 150,000 internally displaced people of Gonaives have lost everything except the clothes they are wearing.
From online donations, Lutheran Church–Canada has forwarded $5000 to HLMS with another $5000 set to go. To support the relief and rebuilding in Haiti, go to www.lutheranchurch.ca/donate.