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Damage Update

September 8, 2008

We are learning more about the destruction caused by the recent tropical storms and hurricanes that struck Haiti in the past few weeks.

Homes have been demolished and many of those left standing are now filled with mud. Some of the staff who work at the Clinic of Hope in Terre Blanche have lost everything. Travel is nearly impossible, especially coming from Port-au-Prince north to Gonaives. Bridges on both routes have been destroyed. The United Nations reported today that more than 500 people were killed in the storms and as many as 800,000 people have been affected. Churches and schools have become places of refuge but are struggling to help all those in need.

The start of school has been postponed until Oct. 6. In Terre Blanche, where Haiti Foundation of Hope helps to support 800 students, text books and uniforms had already been given out. It’s likely that many of those supplies were lost in the flooding and will need to be replaced.

Through it all, people are helping one another. The principal at the school in Terre Blanche walked from Gonaives to Terre Blanche to check on people. Pastors and relief workers are helping people as they can and making plans for greater assistance.

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