Rebuilding the Church in Haiti
This past Saturday marked the anniversary of the "troma" in Haiti, the earthquake taking the lives of 250,000 people. There has been a fair amount of rebuilding, but over 300,000 still live in tents and temporary housing. Here's a story on the Catholic Church's efforts to rebuild in Haiti. Catholics donated 85 million dollars in the parishes across the US immediately after the quake and the majority of the funds were distributed to Catholic Relief Services and the rest given to parishes directly to assist with rebuilding the Church infrastructure. Much work was also done by small groups from the US churches who went down to assist at a local level including the Haiti Medical Mission Team from Saint Joseph the Worker, my home parish.
Speaking of Haiti, in March a small group of us from our parish are going to Cap Haitien to work with the Missionaries of the Poor. Though Cap Haitien was spared from the earthquake, the ongoing grinding poverty is still beyond comprehension. We will assist medically in their facility for elderly and disabled as well as the orphanage and new AIDS hospice. We will be bringing medications and supplies to assist the brothers in their care of the poorest of the poor. If you would like to contribute financially to this effort contact me at dobrodoc1 (at) geee mail dot com. Please keep the Haitian people in your prayers. Thanks!