Friday, July 30, 2010

Haiti Update:

Tribulation Times

July 30, 2010 


(Luk 6:38) Give: and it shall be given to you: good measure and pressed down and shaken together and running over shall they give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you shall mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.

St. Matthew parishioner Mark Creasser: "The problem with Haiti is once you know, you can't look away. You can't forget about it. It's hard – you can be shaving in the morning and you'll see a flash. Once you know, you know. You can't look away."

U.S. Nun Creates Impromptu Oasis To Heal Haitian Bodies And Souls

HELP FOR HAITI: Six months after the earthquake, some Haitians still are clinging to a Band-Aid life. Makeshift dwellings still smother the landscape. There are so many tents in Haiti that in some places entire neighborhoods are fashioned out of blue and white tarpaulins. Some Haitians live inside corrugated metal walls covered by tarps and fastened together with ripped sheets and shredded clothing. Others dwell in massive igloo-style white tents donated by aid organizations. In narrow lines on empty bulldozed lots, those tent neighborhoods look clean and sterile.

Jean Marc Brissau, president of the Rotary Club chapter in Léogâne, said the tents hardly are a quick fix, especially with hurricane season here. "When it's raining, people stay the whole night standing, because water is flowing under their feet and they have nothing to lie on," he said.  Still others eat and live out of their houses but won't sleep inside because they fear another earthquake.

And while many Haitians lost limbs in the earthquake, few amputees are seen in public. Amputees are afraid to leave their homes because of the stigma of their injuries, and many simply have not had follow-up medical care after their surgeries, said Evans Cheridor, a nursing student in Léogâne. Some have not learned how to get around outside their homes, he said.

Dr. Hanks of Advantage Haiti hopes that will change. She believes it is possible to use the earthquake as an "opportunity to change the mindset of Haitian people" toward those with disabilities. "Because at no other point in time would there be so many people who had an acquired disability due to a natural disaster," she said.

In Haiti, there simply is no escaping what happened on Jan. 12.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: Progress in Haiti as of May 31

    * Distributed food to nearly 900,000 people. Currently providing food to more than 90,000 students in over 270 schools, and monthly food rations to more than 100 orphanages and child-care centers in Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes, benefiting nearly 10,000 children.
    * Provided emergency shelter materials to more than 114,000 people.
    * CRS health care team performed over 960 emergency operations and conducted 62,000 outpatient consultations.
    * Supported hundreds of thousands of people with food, water, sanitation, shelter materials and protection, including at two of the largest camps for the displaced. Established five "child-friendly spaces" for unaccompanied children at camps, regularly attended by more than 1,500 children.
    * Installed over 600 latrines and hand-washing stations, as well as potable water tanks and inflatable water bladders, in Port-au-Prince and environs, providing an estimated 375,000 gallons of water per month.
    * Provided assistance to numerous local and international partners in Haiti, including 164 Church partners.

VOICE OF AMERICA: Long Recovery Predicted for Earthquake-Devastated Haiti

VATICAN RADIO: Catholic Organizations Continue Aid to Haiti


Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"
84. There is a demon avarice which often apes humility; and there is a demon of vainglory, and one of sensuality too, which both urge to almsgiving. However, if we are clear of them both, we should not stint our deeds of mercy wherever we are.       

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