We had some really good news yesterday (which makes a change at the moment). Jackie received an email from Compassion to say that our sponsored child Angela and her family are safe and well though their home has been damaged. The email states.
I would like to thank you very much for your patience and understanding in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. I know that you must have been anxiously waiting for news about Angela and her family.
Our staff in Haiti have been working tirelessly, in the face of great personal loss and sadness, to conduct a census of all the children registered in Compassion projects in Haiti. It is a monumental task and we are deeply grateful to them for the extraordinary commitment and care they are showing during such a difficult time.
Our Haiti staff have been able to establish that, although unfortunately their home was damaged, thankfully Angela and her family were not injured in the earthquake. I know that you will be rejoicing over the good news of their safety and we praise God with you for His protection and care.
Compassion International has put together a strategy for a long term response to the need in Haiti. This includes temporary timber and corrugated iron shelters for Compassion supported families who have lost their homes. These will afford some protection during the rainy season and allow for sensible, long term strategies.
Compassion UK CEO, Ian Hamilton, has recently returned from Haiti and he said the following, “Let us never forget the scale of this disaster was the consequence of the injustice of poverty; inadequate building standards, no planning, no adequate response equipment, inadequate medical provision. These were the reasons so many people died. So that this should never happen again the future must be carefully planned and not rushed.”
Let us not forget the plight of the Haitian people as the news fades from the media. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti as they begin the long and arduous task of rebuilding their shattered lives.
We will be keeping you informed during the rebuilding process and look forward to bringing you stories of hope and renewal.
I would like to thank everyone who has prayed for Angela and her family and would encourage you keep praying for Anderson (child sponsored by the Rowes) about whom there is still no news. We give thanks to God for his protection during these months.
We should pray for Compassion and other organisations working in the world’s hard places. We should pray for the church in Haiti as they reach out to the Haitian people.
More great news. Compassion have emailed the Rowes with news that Anderson and his family are safe though like Angela their home has been damaged.