Okay guys – so I just talked to Lori and I’ll say it again – I LOVE LORI & LICIA! I love what they do, I love their hearts, I love everything about them. After we talked about all the needs she made sure I knew that her needs of her house were not important. She said she knew people that could help her and there are tons of people in the villages that have no one. She told me not to even mention her needs. So, I am not mentioning her needs on here b/c I think she is taken care of, but I did want to give you a glimpse of her heart and attitude. She is way more concerned about the people in her village and the villages up the mountain than she is her own “stuff”. She said God gave it to me (through donations), he took it away, and he’ll give it again. OH MY I LOVE HER.
Okay so in a nutshell here’s what we know:
#1 need is water – they have people bringing water in from river and then they are running it through a filter. Lori wasn’t sure on numbers, but she knows that Licia is paying people to bring water up from river and people to filter the water. They have good filters, it just takes time, money to run generator, and money to pay people to get the water. Lori gave me a rough estimate that $40US dollars per day could get clean water to a minimum of 250 people per day.
SO I am unashamedly asking that if you are reading this that you go right now and donate a minimum of $40 to RHFH. You can help them provide clean drinking water to people.
#2 need is food – problem is that they can not get in and out of Cazalle. So they are having to buy from local vendors, etc. BUT they all went through flood too, so resources are low.
#3 need is stuff for people’s houses in villages that was destroyed – Lori isn’t there, so she can’t say first hand, but she knows that people had to have lost everything. She thinks one of their workers lost his whole house. Just from knowing where people live she knows that people had to have lost a lot. They will try and help their employees from the RC and clinic and people in their village and surrounding villages. So, they will need $ from volunteers like us to help rebuild people’s home and get them new “stuff”. As she gets back and they can get out and access the damage they will let me know more needs. Right now Licia can’t even walk around or get across the river to check things out.
They heard that gas was up to $13US and when gas goes up, food goes up, and people can’t get food, and so we’re praying for no riots, etc like we saw this Spring.
Good thing is that RC and clinic are good and no damage that she knows of went on. Houses on both sides of them flooded. God protected the children and the clinic from damage. 🙂
On a personal note – my kids and all the kids at the RC are safe. I’m traveling on the 22nd and two people are traveling with me. I have an appointment to file an important paper in Haiti on the 23rd. This will be my 3rd time to try and file. I really NEED to file this paper there. Pray that I still get to go. That no more storms come. That the offices are open and still give me my appointment. Pray for safety for us and for there to be a way for me to get to my kids to visit them.
As they say in Haiti “DEGAJE” = do the best with what you’ve got!