An Important Note – Sept 21, 2010

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Dear Friends of Haitian Roots, We are so grateful to all of you who have been so supportive of Haiti—especially the outpouring of generosity after the earthquake.  At this time we are writing not to pester but simply to send a gentle reminder to those of you who have been intending to sponsor (or responsor) your child/ren but have been busy with other things.  Many of us are undergoing our own economic struggles at this time and the funds that we once had to help others may be gone.  Please know that we understand and are grateful for what you have done in the past and hope that things get better for you.  But we feel we’d be remiss if we didn’t keep you abreast of the situation in Haiti and the dire conditions that not only still exist but continue to worsen.

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June Haiti Trip (as told by Kristin Egan)

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Wednesday, 6/2/10

It is 9:00 and I finally have time to send off an email. What an amazing day. We left Miami early this morning having had about 2 hours of sleep and arrived in Port au Prince around 8:00am. Obviously, the first thing we noticed was the heat. Ben called it heavy heat. That is certainly accurate. Ben also said he has never sweated so much in his life. Welcome to Haiti! Fortunately all of our bags arrived with us and fortunately there was someone there to pick us up. A guy named "Big" who's description fits his name. He had a "posse" that helped us battle our way through all the guys outside trying to grab our bags. We piled in 3 vehicles and Made our way on to the crazy, crowded Haitian roads.

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Fundraisers

Izzy's grandmother collects donations at the breakfast.

May 5, 2010 We have had some really wonderful fundraisers done for us the past several months.  We hope we have adequately thanked all of those involved! We are so extremely grateful.  This post is certainly not meant to exclude anybody who has done great fundraising for us. We hope this post expresses gratitude and gives ideas to others of projects they might like to do at their business or school to help Haiti!  *

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Update from Isson

Mar 3, 2010 Dear Friends of Haitian Roots, Isson has just returned from Haiti and is in Miami Beach.  He is getting information to us as quickly as possible.  The best news is that we did not lose a single child in the quake.  Some of the first information we received indicated that we had, so we are thrilled to know that info was incorrect.  We have information on each child.  Several are now orphaned, most are in need of shelter and basic needs.  No child has been untouched by the tragedy of the earthquake.  But they are alive and we will continue to do all that we can to help them. We thought you’d like to hear a little bit of Isson’s experience and feelings about the trip in his own words:

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Update

Dear Friends, We appreciate your continued support and also the patience some of you are exercising as you wait to receive information about your sponsored children.  Isson arrived in Haiti on the very first commercial flight into Port au Prince on Friday morning.  The first item on his agenda was to meet with our coordinators.  They have been able to account for most of our children,  but not all of them.  Isson is taking careful notes and taking photos and video.  He has been to several of the children’s homes and is concerned for and truly loves each child in our program.  He will continue to make sure he accounts for each child.  Here in Utah we are just receiving bits and pieces of the information and are trying to be patient ourselves.  We’ll tell you what we know. Would you like the good or bad news first?  The answer is always the “bad”, right? Regrettably we have discovered that several more of our children are newly orphaned.  The Primo children (Samie, Samuel, and Esterline) have lost their parents and their home.  They are currently staying with a woman who is a complete stranger to them.  Isson will meet with them and this woman tomorrow to assess the situation so we will know how to help.  Tanette and Esther Pierre-Louis have also lost their parents.  They are currently living with relatives.  Ruth Christelle and Colby St. Germain have lost their father.  Daniella and Floredelie Beauge have lost their mother.  Some of our children are ill.  Jacky Jean has malaria. Francesca Figarro has a broken leg and severely injured feet but she was able to be evacuated to the Dominican Republic very early on and is still there in the hospital receiving medical care.  Isson actually spoke with her on the phone and said that she is in good spirits. Besides the news about the struggles these specific children are facing, Isson said he was very concerned about the children’s emotional state.  When I asked him to elaborate he said that he believes the majority of them are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and that if they do not receive some kind of emotional help, this could cause all kinds of future problems.  Isson hopes that in the next few months we can find trained counselors interested in coming with us to Haiti to conduct group therapy sessions and whatever else is possible to help meet the emotional needs of our children.  If any of you are in this field or are aware of those who might be able to help (ESPECIALLY IF THEY CAN SPEAK HAITIAN CREOLE), please forward this message on to them. Now, on to the good news.  After a very difficult first few days, Isson was in very high spirits today as he and Harry were putting together some kits full of items to distribute to our families.  He said that most of the children are okay.  We are sorry that we don’t have a list of all of their names right now.  But we will say that “no news is good news” if you are concerned about your sponsored child.  We promise to get you more specific information within the next week. With your help we were able to purchase the following items to begin distributing to our families:  rice, black beans, water, corn flour, flour, spaghetti, hygiene kits, feminine supplies, some medications, and other items.  Isson and Harry began distributing these items today. Although they will not last long, it seemed to bring hope to everybody to receive this help and also to know that we care about them. We are also still collecting supplies and are partnering with another organization to take a container to Haiti which will leave Utah on March 8th.  If you are interested in donating items, we need to receive them by March 5th.  Please contact us about a shipping address and to let us know what you can supply.  We have gathered many important items but have also been asked for the following: Olive Oil Cooking spices Crackers Candy Canned Milk Powdered Juice Ramen Noodles Beef Boullion cubes Clothing Detergent (separated into gallon bags) Tylenol Advil Cotton balls Cotton swabs Gauze Isopropyl Alcohol Feminine hygiene supplies We can definitely still use more tents and water filtration/purification supplies. We are also trying to raise additional funds to cover the costs of shipping the container. Thank you all so much for your continued support! Sincerely, The Haitian Roots Team

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Update

Dear Friends of Haitian Roots, We apologize for the delay in getting an update to you.  It seems that things are changing every day and we keep hoping to have something concrete to report.  Instead we will just give you an update of where things are at right now. First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful response in giving donations—monetary and otherwise.  We currently have 500 water filters (individual bottles), 40 tents, 1000 pounds of food, hygiene and other items for 100 families, and other supplies.  Some of these have been donated, others were purchased with the funds we have received for emergency relief.  Isson has flown to Florida and is waiting there until we can get him into Port-au-Prince.  We thought we had things arranged with an organization to take our cargo to Haiti and pick up Isson on the way down.  Regrettably that fell through and we do not know when/if this organization will be headed to Haiti again.  So, we are scrambling to get our supplies taken to Haiti.  We also need to get Isson into Haiti from Florida.   We are waiting on word this afternoon from one organization that is considering our request.  We have been making a lot of calls and saying a lot of prayers and hope that something materializes quickly.  If any of you have any contacts or ideas for us, please don’t hesitate to share them.  We’ll follow up on everything we can! In the meantime, we do have some additional funds which Isson is using to purchase food and other supplies in Florida and is arranging for them to be shipped to Haiti. We have not had many updates on the children in our program.  Our coordinators are waiting for Isson to arrive.  They will all then sit down together to talk about the situation and will work towards accounting for each child in our program.  The only new information on any children we have since our last update is on Katiana Frasier.  This sweet girl is now an orphan.  She survived but both of her parents were killed.  We are unsure about the status of her three siblings.

Katiana Frasier
Katiana Frasier
Thanks again, so very much, for all that you have done and for stepping up at this desperate hour of need. Sincerely, The Haitian Roots Team

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