Bishop John has asked each parish in the Eparchy to take up a special collection to assist Catholic Relief Services with their humanitarian work in recently earthquake ravaged Haiti. If you are able to help please donate in the collection or online on our website (Mark donations for “Haiti”). Thank you!
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is sending teams to provide clean water, sanitation, shelter and emergency supplies in response to a major earthquake that struck southern Haiti early Saturday morning. While the severity of the damage is still being determined, with communications down in parts of the country, hundreds of deaths have already been reported as well as extensive damage to buildings and homes.
“It is quite possible that Haiti is going to need more help than ever before,” said Akim Kikonda, CRS’ country representative in Haiti…
Area hospitals have been overwhelmed by the disaster, pushing them to capacity and forcing them to turn away people in need…“Water and basic hygiene supplies, like soap, will be vital for keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check and preventing the emergence of waterborne illnesses like cholera.”
CRS field staff are identifying critical needs and coordinating the delivery of life-saving supplies. Based on past CRS disaster relief efforts, tarps, blankets, medical equipment, food, and other emergency supplies will be critical over the next several days.
“Haitians are so resilient,” Kikonda said. “Every time something happens here, I am so impressed with the way they stand tall and face the challenge with such dignity, but this earthquake is going to test them, and the world needs to stand next to them and help them survive this.”
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