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Conditions remain violent and unstable

UPDATE: Conditions remain violent and unstable

On February 14th, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel. Many missionaries and non-governmental organization staff members have followed suit, as many have departed and others are still trying to get out safely. We are relieved that yesterday our guest house managers safely made it back to their homes in the U.S. We ask for you to join us in prayer for the missionaries that are still trying to exit the country and for those who have chosen to stay and serve throughout this crisis.

Yesterday we saw large amounts of rain in Les Cayes. Although the rain flooded the streets and made activities with the kids difficult, it hindered some of the violence and we were able to replenish our propane and purchase charcoal to extend our ability to cook meals.

Our social workers are staying on campus at Espwa in order to plan activities for the children and keep them occupied to reduce their anxieties. We ask that you pray for their endurance as they are separated from their families as well.

 

Despite the hiatus due to rain, the crisis is escalating. Fuel, clean water, and food are becoming more scarce, at least 9 lives have been claimed by the violence, and the communities we serve, and all those across the country, are suffering.

We are growing more and more concerned for the recovery efforts when the conditions begin to stabilize. The people in our communities will be in a worse position than before as their resources and finances are depleted. We remain committed and are actively working now to prepare for providing support to our communities of families – your help is needed.

Please consider a special gift to support our efforts.  Thank you for all those who have made a donation to support these efforts.

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We ask that you continue to share these updates with friends, family and communities – we need your prayers and support during this difficult time. Stay updated on the crisis through our Facebook page and blog.

 


Read More:

NPR, “‘Do Not Travel to Haiti,’ U.S. Tells Citizens, Citing Violent Unrest”

US News, “Haiti to Unveil Economic Measures to Quell Violent Protests”

New York Times, “U.S. and Canada Warn Against Travel to Haiti as Violent Protests Continue”

I fell in love with Espwa during my first visit last year. Hard to put into words, but there was a real "heart" connection with the kids and staff. It is a special place. My visit was focused primarily on the girls and the teachers. Relationships were initiated during that first visit that I treasure very much!

- Maria Simeone

There is hardly a more heartbreaking sight than seeing an orphan in Haiti--many of them who have families who simply cannot feed and clothe them. Of course there is the emotional response to their plight, but there is a more pragmatic hope--that given a chance in a loving, caring environment, these children can grow up to be leaders, people who can move their communities and the country itself in a positive, healthy direction.

- Jackie Wilson

This place is amazing! The kids and their caregivers will restore your faith in the human spirit. The magic of Espwa is that there is a childhood provided for the kids there that would not exist otherwise.Haiti has a very very long way to go, but this is a hopeful place with clean, well fed, happy children, teachers, house moms, and support staff. Fr Marc and all of the others should be very proud of their accomplishments. Help them in any way that you can!

- Kerri McDonough Croland
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