Fritz is safe but insecurity is ever present
In many ways the current situation in Haiti is about as bleak as we’ve ever seen it.
On Aug 14 a 7.2 earthquake, more powerful than the devastating 2010 quake, struck the south-west of the country. At least two cities have suffered major damage and almost 1,300 are already confirmed killed as buildings collapsed on top of them.
The situation would have been chaotic enough already, but the country was also still reeling from the assasination of President Moise in July. A leadership tussle followed with two competing prime ministers vying for power. While Ariel Henry was eventually sworn in, the political situation was still volatile and Haiti was sadly ill-equipped to deal with a major catastrophe.
Our thoughts go out to the people of Jeremie and Les Cayes, which have already reported major devastation, and to everyone else affected.
We obviously checked in with the HTDC Orphanage as soon as we heard about the earthquake. Thankfully, while the earthquake was felt in Port-au-Prince the orphanage and all the children are safe. However, their situation is still very precarious and they’re in urgent need of your support right now.
The President’s assasination followed years of political unrest, which had contributed to rising prices for essential goods, including food and fuel. The impact of Covid-19 on the global economy also means that donations to the orphanage have dropped dramatically.
Thanks to your generosity we’re currently still able to help HTDC meet its monthly running costs, but we’re spending almost twice as much as we’re raising right now and this isn’t sustainable. At this rate we’re in danger of running out of funds to help.
So, if you can please consider making a donation today to support children like Ruth. Ruth and her sister have both lived at the HTDC Orphanage since 2017. Their mum sadly died giving birth to their younger sibling, who also didn't make it. Despite this tragedy Ruth stays positive, is very close with her sister and is doing well in school.
Four year old Matialdo also needs your support. Matialdo's mum is still alive but she left Matialdo at the orphanage after his dad was killed in a hurricane. Matialdo's a quiet boy, but he loves his food and playing with other children his age. HTDC hopes to reunite the family in future, but for now they're looking after him and they need your help to continue.
The HTDC Orphanage does its very best for Ruth, Matialdo and all the children in its care, but the situation in Haiti is as tough as it’s ever been.
If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.
Seven year old Ruth needs you now
Four year Matialdo is staying at HTDC
Bervalie and her brother need your help