Despite the devastation in Haiti the Haitians, resilient and resourceful, show signs of moving on. Life is returning to Port-au-Prince. Street vendors are slowly appearing selling fruits and vegetables and clothing new and used (likely salvaged from destroyed homes and shops). Even car horns and the roar of traffic have returned as fuel supplies stabilize—no more long lines.
Visit Bob Thorp's blog—Thoughts Twenty One Days Later—to read more about Haiti's ongoing metamorphosis. Bob has been on the ground in Haiti since shortly after the earthquake. Being a member of Compassion International's Complementary Interventions team, he assists the local Compassion staff in the daunting job of assessing damage to their partner churches and collecting information on Compassion sponsored children and their families. Because the Compassion office building shows signs of instability, the staff have been conducting business in the office parking lot. Many of the staff lost homes and family members in the quake.
We have discovered that our sponsored child, Jorkaeff, is safe and uninjured and the church where he receives instruction and support from Compassion through our sponsorship is intact. Montrois where Jorkaeff lives is about 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince along the seacoast. On our trip to Haiti in 2005, we helped build classrooms for the church in Montrois and met Jorkaeff during that time. He is now 7 years old.
Unfortunately the status of the partner church where Whatline, our sponsored child who was released from the program as an adult last year, is dire. Great damage and loss of lives. Whatline lived in the Delmas slum district of Port-au-Prince right in the middle of all the damage. We fear the worst, but must wait to inquire about her after currently sponsored children are accounted for—if that's even possible. Whatline aspired to be a nurse. Our hope remains that she survived and may be found working side-by-side with her fellow Haitians tending to the needs of the injured.
A picture of us and Whatline at the Compassion office in 2005 is shown at my blog post Horror in Haiti.
Please remember Haiti in your prayers and giving.
Ke Bondje beni Haiti (God bless Haiti)