“Definitely thinking a lot about the people of Jérémie in the southwest corner of Haiti. This is the second time that I have taken a survey trip of a major disaster. The heart sure gets torn up on these trips–leaving without feeling you have done anything, knowing you need to get back to communicate needs and establish a strategic response, seeing people and communities working together and wanting to join them, but knowing in your head that you can do more by leaving and communicating and working with others,” shared Brett Bundy, One Mission Society Haiti field leader.
On Friday, Brett and a team of four Haitian OMS workers traveled to the worst-affected areas in the south and southwest of Haiti, around the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Their purpose was to assess how OMS can best respond to the many needs left behind in the wake of the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Haiti and several Caribbean islands, as well as the southeast U.S. coast, on October 4 and the days following.
Though the majority of OMS’ ministries take place in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, which we give thanks to the Lord that it was not heavily impacted, our longstanding presence in the country enables us to work in partnerships to provide resources and quickly mobilize teams to bring aid to those in need.
It is difficult at this point to gauge the severity of the damage from the hurricane as travel and communication within the country is challenging. However, early reports indicate that the death toll has climbed above 1,000, with thousands more injured, left homeless and in need of aid. Some reports even state that 90 percent of the southwest of Haiti was completely destroyed.
Our OMS survey team also reported, “No roofs were left on homes, schools, or churches. Crops, trees, animals are all gone. Things are very difficult. The government has declared three days of mourning in memory of those who died in this catastrophe.”
Another major concern is the outbreak and spread of cholera in the wake of the hurricane.
Pray for our leadership team, making decisions about what to do. Pray for all those affected in Haiti and in other regions. And pray that the people around the world would be generous and wise in who they donate to.
OMS has set up an emergency relief fund. If you would like to make a donation please click here and on the Confirmation page enter Project No. 408199 in the box provided.