Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday, Jan. 14, 12 noon. I want to thank all of our friends and supporters who have called and emailed us expressing concern about our safety and that of our co-workers in Haiti. As of now, the situation in Gros Morne, the town where we work 65 miles north of Port-Au-Prince (PAP) is as follows:

A few buildings were destroyed. The public high school was in afternoon session at the time of the quake and was damaged, resulting in a few students suffering broken bones. Thankfully, there were no deaths in town that we know of.

The situation on PAP is quite different, as you know. A number of families in Gros Morne have children studying in PAP. The devastation of school, university and dormitory buildings in the capital has resulted in a large number of student deaths. The Monfortain Fathers who are important in health care delivery in the Gros Morne region were all attending a seminar in PAP at the time of the catastrophe, and eight seminarians and one priest were killed.

We are coordinating medical relief efforts with other agencies at the present time and intend to be part of the acute and long-term rehabilitation efforts in PAP.

A report on the present medical situation in PAP will follow.

M.Viola