It's been a long time since we've given an update, and I was hoping to post good news this month.
At 8:30 in the morning on Saturday, an earthquake hit southern Haiti, centered around Saint Louis du Sud. Saint Louis du Sud is 128 kilometers from Jeremie, however this particular earthquake had far-reaching effects and managed to shake and damage buildings in Jeremie, including the cathedral and crumbling older businesses and homes. Approximately 300 are reported dead and the Saint Antoine hospital where I worked for many years was overrun with patients spilling into the driveway in front of the emergency room. The hospital is short staffed on weekends and the need has been urgent.
Our team and friends are all fine, with minor injuries. One of our mentors lost their home during the earthquake and their family is temporarily sleeping outdoors.
The city was already destabilized with rising food prices. The area was isolated due to road blocks caused by political instability. We are trying to ensure that we are providing direct support to families during this devastating time, and providing stipends to our students for stability while the town recovers. We appreciate your help.
We are planning a fundraiser for the fall and offering new perks from makers and artists -- coming soon. If you would like to join our mailing list to stay updated on activities, you can sign up here.