Monday, May 9, 2011

up for rent in Haiti

I don't know a thing about Mission of Hope, but any charity that is doing something about construction of small homes in Haiti has my vote. 

It's so frustrating knowing that so many are still homeless - millions?  I don't know the answer to the situation any more than anyone else does. How do you build when the rubble is still there? And if you are having trouble finding enough money to feed your family, how on earth could you hire someone to help take away the pile of concrete and iron bars that once was your home?  It's not as though you could demolish it by hand, after all. 

I read recently that it will take Japan two years to clear away the rubble from the tsunami - and that's Japan.  Why people expect Haiti to have it taken care of in less than that time is beyond me.  And yet the slow pace must be driving some to despair.  So many have gone on to the next thing - New Zealand, Japan, the recent storms and floods in the American midwest - and there will be more.  But it's not over in Haiti. It's barely begun, sad to say.

I wonder what it will be like when I arrive in Haiti this fall if all goes as I hope.  I'm still not sure where they will put me - but it will work out.  I'll have a roof over my head, which is more than so many people do.   It's going to be very difficult to see in person this devastation.  To see the place where the cathedral and convent and schools once stood.  To visit Darbonne, where most of the campus was flattened - though the rectory, at least, was still standing and usable, cracks and all. 

So that's why I am grateful to find this tiny article buried on msn. 

charity building small rental homes in northern Haiti

The key information: 

"The Mission of Hope project near the town of Cabaret will consist of 500 simple homes in bright pastel colors, each with a couple of fruit trees to provide food and a source of extra income to the families, said Jay Cherry, who is coordinating the project for the charity based in Fort Myers, Florida."

Cabaret is way up north near Cap-Haitien, so not at all near the crowds in Port-au-Prince.  I can't decide if that's a good thing, since Port-au-Prince is overcrowded, or an unfortunate thing, since there is so much need near the capital.  It may be that this is simply not a useful thing to wonder, since wherever it is, it is needed.

Thanks be to God that a few more will be taken care of.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Sarah, much much prayer needed. I hope everyone gets one of these little houses ..