Jan 8, 2020

Haiti report #3

Water distribution in Cite Soleil
Water distribution in Cite Soleil

On January 12, 2020 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. 

We would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the REFLECTIONS ON THE END OF A DECADE IN HAITI, by Fr Rick Frechette, that summarize the long and terrible suffering of the people of Haiti during the last ten years.

Here in Haiti, a very tiny part of a world-wide narrative, we are closing ten years of profound suffering and tragedy.

The decade began for us with an earthquake so devastating, that it caused more death and destruction than the two atomic bombs the ended World War II, combined.

Then, before even a year passed, we were plagued with a relentless scourge of cholera. 

At our centers alone, we received over 100 people each day, for months, and then reduced numbers, for years.

As we dealt with these whirlwinds of pain and death, we were hit with a number of tropical storms and the massive Hurricane Matthew, which brought devastation in Southwest Haiti to two million people, their homes, and their farms.

Also, during this score of years, the value of Haitian currency slowly declined, and then more rapidly, such that by 2019, the gourde had lost two thirds of its value. 

Over the same period of the loss of buying power, it cost 20% more to stay alive.

As this poor and wounded nation struggled to deal with all of this, crime rose steadily, within institutions and on the streets, and finally chaos prevailed, as the whole country suffered violent public convulsions, that have shaken Haiti profoundly, for the last 17 months.

People openly ask, “Where are the voices to scream out against this terrible suffering? as the whole country suffered violent public convulsions, that have shaken Haiti profoundly, for the last 17 months.

People openly ask, “Where are the voices to scream out against this terrible suffering?

 

The country still lacks a drinking water distribution system, an essential asset for the survival of the local population. Families have to travel kilometers to reach rivers, which are often polluted, accessible water sources or buy water. Father Rick Frechette, first line physician and guide of NPH Haiti and the Saint Luc Foundation, and his team distribute 90,000 liters of water with 2 tank trucks every day, 6 days a week, donating them to the poorest families of the slums.  

Even with a minimal gesture you can achieve a great result, which has a concrete effect on the lives of many people.

Thank you for listening to the scream of the Haitian children.

Jan 8, 2020

The civic and sports center in Pieve Torina

The village of Pieve Torina (Macerata province) was deeply affected by the earthquake. We were very happy to see how the maternity school built by the Rava Foundation and donated to the population brought new hopes for the future, although the families still live in makeshift temporary houses and winter is coming.

The project of the civic center and sports center is considered by everyone like an opportunity to keep the community together.

We are happy to announce that the excavation works have been completed, and the first stone laying ceremony was held on December 9th.

During the excavations, archaeological remains have been discovered that testify to the antiquity of the first settlements in the area. This discovery was certanily important, though it slowered the works a bit.

The construcion work will take about 7 months if the project gets fully funded. We woulld like to inaugurate the new building by the end of the school year, in June 2020.

We pledge our donors to continue donating so that we can meet this deadline and help the community of Pieve Torina in its struggle to rebuild their future.

Grazie di cuore!

Dec 2, 2019

The civic center in Pieve Torina

The civic center. Rendering.
The civic center. Rendering.

The village of Pieve Torina (Macerata province) was deeply affected by the earthquake. We were very happy to see how the maternity school built by the Rava Foundation and donated to the population brought new hopes for the future, although the families still live in makeshift temporary houses and winter is coming.

The project of the civic center and sports center is considered by everyone like an opportunity to keep the community together.

We are happy to announce that the excavation works have been completed, and the first stone laying ceremony will be held on December 9th.

During the excavations, archaeological remains have been discovered that testify to the antiquity of the first settlements in the area. This discovery was certanily important, though it slowered the works a bit.

The construcion work will take about 7 months if the project gets fully funded. We woulld like to inaugurate the new building by the end of the school year, in June 2020.

We pledge our donors to continue donating so that we can meet this deadline and help the community of Pieve Torina in its struggle to rebuild their future.

Grazie di cuore!

The infant school donated by the Rava Foundation
The infant school donated by the Rava Foundation

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