Parts of Haiti were demolished in three days.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the island Aug. 14, destroying or damaging nearly 30,000 homes. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace brought flash floods and mudslides.
Numbers of those affected by the disasters continue to climb. The death toll is close to 2,000 with 12,000 injuries and at least 300 still missing. Some 600,000 need emergency assistance in affected areas.
Many in isolated areas still wait for help.
Three Southeast missions partners mobilized to meet needs: Life in Abundance International, GO Ministries International and Lifeline Christian Mission.
Life in Abundance has worked with churches in Haiti since 2012.
“Though our work and clinic wasn’t directly impacted, we are boots on the ground to serve ripple effects with our Haitian brothers and sisters,” said Executive Director Carley Buckingham. “In the areas we serve, we are caring for affected relatives, storm flooding and water damage. We serve through the local church, support our Haiti national team, communities and health clinic to enable Haitians to cope and thrive during this time.”
GO Ministries is in constant communication with partners in Haiti, sending medical supplies and raising funds. They, too, are boots on the ground during the disaster.
Volunteers from Southeast and other churches are packing meal kits for Haiti through Lifeline Christian Mission’s Louisville Centre. Supplies are on their way to schools and churches.
“We immediately sent a container from our warehouse in Columbus and are packing more,” said Louisville Centre Director Keri Owens. “People can sign up on our website (lifeline.org/louisville-centre). Everyone who comes in wants to help in some way. It’s such an encouragement to my heart. We hope to pack a container with 286,000 meals.”