As we write this letter, Hurricane Matthew is set to make landfall in Florida. The devastation it has left in its path is horrific. Reports from Haiti are nearly 300 lives lost and 99% homes lost in many villages in the southern coast. We are thankful to report that our staff and students at the Good Shepherd School and our friends in Young Life Haiti are all safe. There was very little damage to the school.
In the tent city, however, where we support a small school for the poorest of the residents, there was flooding and damage to many homes. We are working with our friends, Wooby and Papouche, to provide 6000 gallons of water, rebuild two families’ homes and clean up the area.
As many of you know, our school director, Chedrick Canéus, also directs the Young Life work in Haiti. We desire to support their relief efforts, as well, and hope to provide some funding to rebuild a roof on the YL office in Miragoane.
We are committed to support our Haitian partners to provide them resources to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Thank you for your continued prayers for Haiti and all who have experienced the devastating effects of this hurricane.