The 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Southwestern Haiti is bigger than the devastating earthquake of 2010. Thankfully, it was in a less populated region but the cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie combined have around 400,000 people who have been extremely impacted by the earthquake and an additional million people who were moderately to severely impacted. Heavy rain from tropical depression Grace added insult to injury by dropping up to 15 inches of rain in the same part of the country affected by the earthquake. Hurricane season has just begun, so secure housing is imperative as well as clean water to prevent cholera or other water-born illnesses.
We have been working with our Haitian partners to respond:
While the reality of the disaster continues to unfold, we will work towards responding to the needs on the ground. From the emergency medical response to long-term rebuilding, Resurrection will continue to stand with our Haitian friends.
Check back as information will be updated as we learn more. Please keep these amazing and resilient people in your prayers.
In our partnership with Haiti, Resurrection has focused on sustainable efforts that include community-based preventive health care training programs. We continue to work with the Methodist Church in Haiti to serve those most directly affected by the devastation of hurricanes. While we have tentatively planned itineraries for each of our trips, those plans will change according to our partner's assessment of the most critical needs of the people of Haiti.
In addition to serving the health care needs of the people of Haiti, we also built computer labs in schools, strengthened Internet connections in our partner churches and worked with Compassion International to enrich the lives of Haitian children.
Teams fly into Port-au-Prince. Resurrection will arrange the flight logistics so that the team is on the same flight.
In the Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti Guesthouse in Pétionville, the accommodations are bunk beds with a separate room for the men and women. In Petit-Goâve, there are twin beds with separate rooms for men and women and private bathroom facilities.
A typical breakfast includes toast, eggs, fresh fruit, juice. A typical lunch or dinner may include meat (chicken, goat, beef) with rice, beans, and veggies.
Haiti trips are open to adults, and children ages 16 and older accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Currently, U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting Haiti for three months or less do not need visas.