Hurricane Thomas 2 - We were spared; our friends were not.
Haiti is under siege: the earthquake; the cholera epidemic and Hurricane Thomas. Cholera has reached Port au Prince, but it did so only after Hurricane Thomas devastated much of the southwestern part of Haiti.
To which disaster should we respond? All of them, according to our resources and in a prudent but courageous way. That has been our choice.
Transportation to the area affected area by the Hurricane has been difficult since it struck. Roads have been blocked and vehicles unavailable. However, MarcDaly and Theresia, two members of CTF-SOS DRS that normally live and work in Port au Prince at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Community were finally able to go to the Hurricane-affected area, less than a week after the storm struck.
Our friends in the area had appealed for our help immediately: Sr. Mona and Fr. Verdieu and their communities were affected significantly by the hurricane. Here is Theresia’s first communication for this assessment/relief mission during which she and MarcDaly will among other things:
1. Assess the damage done by the Hurricane in anticipation of developing a relief program.
2 Assess the status of our post-quake feeding and microfinance programs in Carcasse as they lay in the path of the Hurricane.
3. Assess the damage done by the earthquake to a school that is still very much in need of repair and run by Sr. Mona’s community.
4 – Provide some immediate pastoral relief and support to affected people, including our friends in the area.
5 – Consider a proposal to help some children in Jeremie who were rendered orphans by the earthquake. They are in need of assistance in order to attend school.
Dear Fr. Scott,
As you read my email I am already in Marfranc, Jeremie. I arrived this morning at 4 AM. I went with MD yesterday afternoon at 4 PM from PaP by public transportation. I decided to leave yesterday because there was an offer made by Sr. Mona to pick us up at Au Cayes. Thank God we arrived well and safe, even though the road was not friendly to us. As you know Haiti was just hit by cyclone Thomas. So the road was terrible. Anyway, that is the mission. And this is His work not ours. So please continue to pray for us as we continue to do the Lord’s work.
About the community I have trained them how to deal with cholera just in case if they are in need. So they are OK. I have prepared all for their needs before I left. So they will be OK.
Ok Fr. Scott, I will update you later about my trip because it was very good experience. Today I am planning to meet with Sr. Mona and to see the damages of the cyclone. I am planning to go to Carcasse this afternoon. I might spend in Carcasse for 1 week. We will see.
Please pray for us in our mission.