Haiti. On 14 August an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hit the Haitian population. The toll has risen to 2,189 dead, more than 10,000 injured, thousands homeless, extensive material damage, with rescue operations, and the search for missing persons still underway.
The most affected geographical area is the South West of the country, where the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of the O. L. of Perpetual Help Province (HAI) have three communities: Mary Help of Christians Community in Gommiers (Jeremie), St. Joseph Educator Community in Anse-À-Veau (Nippes), O. L. of Perpetual Help Community in Les Cayes.
“Helped by the citizens of the Haitian community, we organize ourselves to give an adequate response to the needs of the people with our means. Aid has already been sent to some people from the Anse-Veau Community in Nippes. We will continue to support them by trying to help the most disadvantaged. We plan to organize distributions to Les Cayes and Les Gommiers in the next few days”, comments Sr. Altagrâce Mathias.
In Les Cayes, the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake is considerable. The Provincial, on 17 August 2021, despite tropical storm ‘Grace’ that raged precisely in that area, visited the Community of Les Cayes together with two FMA of the Provincial Council and with two Engineers, to examine the situation.
“The Animator, Sr. Aline Nicolas, and the other Sisters of the Community who welcomed us, are courageous and optimistic. We observed that the house was damaged in several places and the fences fell. Much of the Primary School, the reception area, and the school canteen are to be demolished, the pipes are to be repaired, a part at the back of the auditorium must be consolidated, and also the bathrooms. It is urgent to think about the reconstruction of the Primary and Kindergarten Schools to welcome the children for the next opening, scheduled for 6 September 2021, according to the schedule of the Ministry of Public Education and the repair of the FMA house and the fences of the building”.