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