Earthquake in Haiti—One Month After

After four weeks, we’re starting to see some relief and hope in the horrific crisis in Haiti. However, incredible obstacles still remain in place. Our Shalom work in Mizak, Haiti, is stretched to its limits, running out of food, unable to provide emergency shelter, and asking for immediate help. Paul Prevost, Coordinator of HAPI Community of Shalom, called Valerie Nossman-Celestine, co-founder of HAPI, with the din of hungry children nearly drowning him out! He said

Tents and Tarps Needed in Mizak Haiti

Mizak, Haiti, week three: “Everyone still is living in fear of more quakes, aftershocks and falling buildings.   Whole communities are living outside of their homes like the picture on the left shows.  The first medical team arrived last week and others are on their way.  Food distribution began last week but food will run out soon. “Prepackaged nutritious meals” are available if we can find transport. Army tents are needed, or at least tarps

Updates on HAPI in Haiti

Mizak, Haiti, is designated by the government as a “communal section” which is further subdivided into 23 localities or “zones” HAPI’s geographical scope is the 23 localities.  Our headquarters is based in a subsection also entitled Mizak, which is the center of the communal section. Transportation to and from and around this rocky, mountainous terrain is a challenge. Team housing is provided in Paul Prevost’s family home and in a small, adjacent ‘HAPI House.’ HAPI

Three Weeks After Earthquake

HAPI Shalom Zone Update   Three weeks after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, leaving over 100,000 dead, most structures collapsed, the government in disarray and relief agencies overwhelmed, thinking about a new Haiti has just barely begun. Still, there are reasons for hope and opportunities to witness God’s Shalom in Haiti.   An editorial in this morning’s New York Times described the horror of old Haiti: “It is a nation of the homeless and the maimed.  Despite a stunning

A Word on the Ground in Haiti

We went to Leogane to do food distribution today, I was hurt by seeing the broken buildings but was hurt me the most was seeing the people living life refugees on their own land. Knowing Haiti, I have a feeling that this is what it will look like for the next decade or more. Unless the government has a concrete plan of transiting these people from these camping or tenting grounds to communities where they