Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti
Status - 10-19-16
In general -
Mountain parishes largely lost their crops and most livestock - cattle and goats. Twin by twin detail is below. Beyond the immediate lack of shelter, clean water, food, the long-term outlook for Haiti is for more food shortages than ever brought on by the three year drought that just ended. Many local crops have been destroyed, and the main agricultural area in Haiti is the South and the Southeast, the two areas hardest hit by the hurricane. Food will be scarce, and prices will escalate.
Outreach Facilities and employees:
No damage to facilities at the clinic and mission house. Nine employees have families in the strongly affected areas of Les Cayes and Jérémie. We have brought down bedding, water purification equipment, rehydrating salts to provide some immediate relief.
With the twins:
Below is a list of the twins, and what information we have at this point - Outreach is waiving administrative fees on relief transfers to the twin organizations.
Ste Anne-Saintaard - minimal wind damage, some water damage from high tide/surge, many of the families' livelihood is fishing, and many of the boats were lost in the storm.
Ste Anne - Hyacinthe -The Church and rectory lost roofs. All homes have lost their tin roofs. Trees are down, crops destroyed, many animals lost. Father has used his food reserves. The new school survived with no significant damage.
Notre Dame de la Presentation - Les Palmes - In the words of Pe Roud: "The Clinic, the rectory and the computer room are affected. The church, the kindergarden, the solar cells are destroyed, the roof of the primary school is destroyed too.
About the chapels: Saint André, Sainte Agnès, Sainte Thérèse are destroyed. I am waitting for informations about Saint Paul and Saint Joseph...
Please keep your fingers hold for les palmes people. Because After Matthew, a lot of families will be very hungry. "
Immaculate Conception Fonds- Baptiste - Rectory and school lost roofs, all Crops destroyed, most animals, cattle and goats, lost.
St Jude (Mon Opital) - minimal wind damage
St Pierre - Ganthier - some wind damage
Paula's orphanage - No significant damage
Grand Boulage - No significant damage
St Pierre - Grand Bois - schools and homes lost their roofs, all crops destroyed, most animals lost.
Ecole Agape - everything is ok, classes are running.
Arc-en-Ciel - some water damage, no structural damage, a lot of crops destroyed - banana plantain and pea crops virtually destroyed, livestock operations (cattle and poultry) not affected.
Citi- Militaire - no structural damage
St Genevieve Medical Clinic - Zoranje- clinic not affected, but crops and animals in Zoranje largely lost.
Please consider a donation
While we already felt great urgency in rebuilding the clinic and mission house, this storm has reinforced that urgency. A slightly different path, and we would definitely not have a clinic. The clinic is the base where we serve over 15,000 in Christ Roi. Losing it makes obtaining health care much more difficult for those people - for weeks if not months.
Please consider donating to the capital campaign, or to help in disaster relief. If you hit the donate now button in the very top right of the page, it will take you to a page of options. If you want to make a donaiton for disaster relief, use the regular donate button on that page (the top of the three) and if you wish to make a capital campaign donation (which will be matched by the diocese!) please use the bottom of the three buttons.
Please continue your prayers for all those in Haiti. We will post more information as it becomes available.
Welcome to Outreach to Haiti
Outreach to Haiti has been working in the Caribbean nation for over 25 years. We offer health care services, student sponsorships and other educational support, parish twinning, support of two orphanages, as well as a neighborhood meal program for children. For travelers to Haiti, we have a guest house, where you can stay short- or long-term. We also arrange immersion visits for traveling groups to learn about Haiti - its people, culture and land.
Some special events coming up!
The Ride has concluded, but you can still support it! - Read the Daily Updates - Click Here
Ride To Rebuild 2- October 3-7, 2016 Double Your Donation!
Well, we did it again! Our second Ride to Rebuild (R2R2?) started October 3, near Freeport, Maine. Once again, we were in five of the six New England states. This year's course covered 337 miles, and we did it in just 5 days.
There is an important bonus this year: The Diocese of Norwich has given us a $100,000 matching grant for our Capital Campaign. Since this ride is for the Capital Campaign, donations in support of it will be matched by the Diocese! The ride may be done, but your donations are still needed.
Click here to find out more about the ride, and to donate.
See the Fox News story on our 2015 ride, click here.
Upcoming Craft Sales
St. Patrick International Bazaar - Farmington, CT - fairly traded goods from Haiti, Bangladesh, Uganda, Palestine and more - check it out! Saturday Nov. 19th from 9 to 6 and Sunday the 20th after all of the masses. Ends at 1pm.
Matching Grant Announced
Bishop Cote has announced that the Diocese of Norwich is giving a matching grant to Outreach to Haiti for the Capital Campaign. The grant will match new donations to the Capital Campaign dollar for dollar up to $100,000. If the grant is fully utilized, the campaign target will be reached, and building can begin. Click here to see the full announcement.
Campaign Goal - $450,000 *
Raised as of 11/1/2016 - includes Diocese match $400,410
A sincere thank you to Bishop Cote (click here to read Bishop Cote's letter) for assisting us in reaching out to the Norwich parishes and a heartfelt thank-you to those parishes who have invited us to speak. So far we have been warmly welcomed by the following pastors and communities:
Fr. Joe De Costa – St. Lawrence in Killingworth
Fr. James Thaikoottathil – St. Sebastian in Middletown
Fr. Mike Phillippino – St. John in Middletown
Fr. Dennis Perkins – St. Mary, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Thomas Moore in Stonington
Fr. Roland Cloutier – All Saints in Somerville
Fr. Jan Swiderski – Notre Dame in Durham and St. Coleman in Middlefield
Fr. Laurence LaPointe – St. Joseph in Williamantic
Fr. David Choquette – Most Holy Trinity in Pomfret and St. Mary in Putnam
Fr. Michael Gill – Sacred Heart in Norwichtown
Fr. C. Paul Boudreau - St. Mary in Portland
Fr. Richard Sliwinski - St. Mary of Czestochova in Middletown
Fr Bob Buongirno - Divine Mercy Community
Fr Tadeusz Zadorozny - St John in Plainfield and St Augustine in Canterbury
Msgr Donohue - St Matthias in East Lyme
Fr. Gerry Kirby - St. Patrick in East Hampton
Fr. Michael Gianitelli - St Mary's of the Visitation in Clinton
* Due to increasing building costs in Haiti, the goal was raised to $450,000 by the Board of Directors at the June, 2016 Board meeting.
Televised interview with James Michel and Dan O'Sullivan
The Knights of Columbus have a monthly feature on WTNH to spotlight a charity. Board Chair James Michel and Director Dan O'Sullivan were interviewed in their New Haven studio. Video taken on their recent trip to Haiti was featured as well.
Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, Inc.
815 Boswell Ave.
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860.887.1019 ext. 817
Email: [email protected]