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Four months after quake, Haiti relief continues


A child in a Cap Haitien, Haiti, hospital receives a juice bottle from White’s Ferry Road Relief Ministries. (Photo provided by WFR Relief Ministries)

We’ve just posted an update on Church of Christ relief efforts in Haiti.
More than four months after the devastating earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince, Christians are focusing relief on refugees scattered across the country.
We compiled news from several churches and organizations. If you have additional updates, please leave a comment.
I traveled to Port-au-Prince in February and reported on relief efforts. Here’s a video with some highlights from that trip:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDv5Jd9qtfQ

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    Healing Hands International of Nashville, TN has also been heavily involved in the relief work in Haiti over the past several months. To date, we have drilled 16 water wells providing clean water to more than 100,000 refugees. We have also distributed several hundred water filters for those who do not have access to wells. We have shipped several containers of rice, beans, tents, flashlights, hygeine supplies, etc. We now have a representative on the ground, Harry Hames, who is coordinating the start of several micro-businesses that will provide jobs for up to 50 people. This summer we have plans to begin conducting food sustainability workshops that will empower the people of Haiti to begin feeding themselves. To read more about the efforts in Haiti, visit www.hhi.org.
    Alisa Van Dyke
    April, 29 2010

    It’s hard for us to realize that 230,000 lives were lost in this calamity. It’s good to see the spirit of the survivors who were interviewed. No, God does not visit calamities on innocent people. He loves us all. His love extends to the victims no less than to us who are still alive. But God has put in place forces which keep the universe ticking. Sometimes people find themselves in the way of those forces. Wise and informed persons prepare for earthquakes, typhoons, and such. But sometimes they take us all by surprise. It’s nonetheless God at work in His world to keep things going as He planned. Much death in Haiti resulted from construction which took no thought of possible earthquakes. From their misfortune, we all should learn. And how good it is that many seek to help in all possible ways those who survived the calamity.
    Ray Downen
    April, 29 2010

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