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Recovery slow after Hurricane Hanna

Church faces major cleanup

Monday, October 6, 2008

Relief supplies assist those who lost everything when Hurricane Hanna hit Haiti

GONAIVES, Haiti – The latest news from Haiti indicates there are areas where water and flooding remain a problem. Low areas are still flooded, however it is possible now for trucks and other transportation to access the areas. Pastor Revenel Benoit, the Canadian-trained president of the Lutheran Church of Haiti told Howard Bogusat of the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society in Canada (HLMS) that the social ministries and income producing facilities suffered the worst damage in Hurricane Hanna. Some buildings remain intact, however flooding, wind and collapsing walls and blowing roofs damaged or destroyed machinery, such as sewing machines. In one area, almost one third of the churches lost their roofs. In others, mud covers pews, windows are broken and roofs are gone. The tragedy is multiplied because church members are in the same predicament.

Orphans and seniors, who usually live in their own church-run facilities, are living temporarily in a church building with only one washroom, which may or may not work.

Despite this grim situation, relief supplies continue arriving and new discoveries made. Members of congregations in southern Ontario are slowly filling containers for shipping to Haiti. Niagara-area businesses have helped HLMS with leads on much-needed supplies at discount prices. HLMS is currently looking at how to gather and transport medical supplies.

For more information about how you can help, contact Howard Bogusat or make a donation online by clicking the DONATE tab on the left.. All funds collected by Lutheran Church–Canada are forwarded to the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society.

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