Planeta Feliz's Blog

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Letter from Haiti

In my thirteen years of working in Haiti, not once before have I seen such massive destruction as we are experiencing now. Nor have I seen such motivation, determination, compassion and solidarity among people.

When we entered Pòtoprens (Creole for Port-au-Prince) after the quake struck, the city had fallen and was continuing to fall as a result of continuous aftershocks.

The streets were full of people sitting together. Everyone was sitting in the middle of the roads for fear that the houses would continue to fall on them. They were singing. The whole city was singing.

They were singing songs of solidarity. They were singing songs of thanks and praise that they were still able to sing and to be together. These people have lost everything. The city is now a city of refugees. But they are putting their voices together to be thankful.

After recovering our loved ones that we could find from the wreckage, we spent the rest of the night assisting others in the street, strategizing and attempting to rest to prepare for the coming days.

The whole night we passed hearing people singing, people screaming and crying when their loved ones died. People were dying all around. And the tremors continued all night.

The hospitals are full and cannot accept more people. All over PAP (Port-au-Prince) there is danger from the destruction.

What is needed now is a way to get people out of the city. I am working with several organizations on a coordinated disaster response that is focusing on reinforcing the countryside so that people can leave Pòtoprens and go back to their families in the province.

Almost everyone in PAP has family in the countryside. The efforts that I am supporting are helping Haitians to support their family members in leaving PAP and in receiving the care that they need when they leave.
If not organized strategically, this disaster will soon have huge consequences to the food producing regions that depend on PAP to purchase their product and services.

We need to reinforce these areas and set up services in the communes so that people can flee the cities and find the support that they need in the communes. We need to support grass-roots organizations in the commune by sending them resources to buy food, by sending them medical experts and materials, and provide them with other basic services that will support them in staying in the province and getting their lives together.

I am working with grass-roots leaders in zones all over PAP as well as leaders from the provinces to identify strategies to move the people out and to assist the people in PAP who cannot leave in finding food, water, shelter and medical care… … We need help. We desperately need money to be sent to use for gas, transport, food, supplies coming from the U.S. such as medical supplies and Web phones, and to pay Haitians working to help Haitians. Many Haitians are working together without compensation to help one another.

But this is not sustainable over the next month as resources begin to dwindle and people’s needs become desperate.

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