Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cap-Haitien Haiti News : Auguste, Lakay Okay

 Hello Everyone,

As you know, the Mag 7.0 earthquake and  dozens of aftershocks devastated much of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

As yet, we have not heard any news from any of the students attending post secondary there.

However, Auguste emailed that the house has a few more cracks after the earthquake, but seems fine.  I will see for myself when I get there. They may be old cracks.

Digicel, our cell provider, is down. so we are able to use email only.

Starthrower, as is likely with all charities working in Haiti, has been contacted by media for information. For those of you in the Toronto area, I will be interviewed tomorrow morning -- January 14, Thursday -- on Andy Barry's morning show on CBC radio 99,1 FM at 7:13 a.m. See and the video at Waiting for Word from Haiti.

Today I saw my surgeon. who is very pleased with the way I am healing. He gave me the green light to travel to Haiti, but no heavy lifting for at least another month. I will book flights tomorrow to return to Haiti as soon as possible.

Thank you to those who shared their news from Cap-Haitien:

To Debi from Salem, Oregon:
We have a team of nine people from our church, Salem Evangelical, that flew into Cap-Haitien yesterday right before the earthquake took place in Haiti.  We received word that all are okay.

To Mark in USA  :
Here is a report we received last night from Father Henry. Their MOP compound is across the street from Starthrowers in Cap-Haitien.
Thank you so much for your loving concern and for your prayers. Thank God, we are all safe here, residents and Brothers alike.

Except for a minor crack on one of the side walls of the Asile building, all of our buildings are also intact.

We do not know what it is like in the city, especially up in the hills where they have a lot of those weak houses. We definitely heard shouts from outside, but we only rushed over to the residencies to check on our residents.
We will go and check it out in our neighbourhood tomorrow morning. It seems Port-au-Prince has sustained quite a bit of damage. I pray there are no casualties even if there are injuries.
Thank you each and every one of you for thinking of Starthrower,  our staff and students. Thank you for asking for donations via your Facebook and Twitter contacts, and even for contacting your friends and relatives on our behalf.

We are of course very concerned about the students in Port-au-Prince. As soon as we get any information about them we will let you know.


Update January 13, 2010 7PM

Auguste writes:
Still no word from Sen Rafayel and no public transit up and down the mountain. The country is at a standstill (bloke).

The rain which has been falling for 2 weeks in Cap is adding to the misery. The kids have started coming in because houses are damaged and the rain is coming in. As soon as possible we'll put together and send out work crews to do repairs, purchase and install new toll roofs.


Sheila and Keith said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon,

I don't know how you will feel about this, but I am wondering if it is possible to post some additional info on this blog concerning the Starfish who are in Port-au-Prince.

I know that at this time of much uncertainty I would like to be able to keep them uppermost in my thoughts and prayers.Perhaps others will appreciate knowing a bit more too.

Could you share their individual names, what they are studying and the name of the school they are attending?

I hope this is possible. Thank you.

David in Canada

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon,

You are soon going to return to Cap-Haitien and I am very sure you are thrilled by this.It really is home to you, I know.

Alas, you have been very ill for at least the previous year, due to a sickness that you contracted while last working in Haiti. My question to you is, "What are you planning on doing differently this time to avoid a relapse or heaven forbid, another similar illness?"

Are you going to be just as vulnerable to this same or similar illnesses when you return to Cap? Are there measures you can take to "guarantee" you will not fall victim again to these same medical problems?

We worry about you!!



Karen said...

For those of you asking for specifics of aid needed, bear in mind that not even the Red Cross nor the UN, nor the USA or Haiti governments have any idea of what is needed as no assessments can be done until their staff arrive in Haiti.

And so it is with Starthrower.

As soon as we can assess damages and needs, and prioritize, we will post the details.

Thank you, everyone.

Unknown said...

Thank you for letting us know the Auguste and Lakay are fine. Which students are in Port au Prince? Haiti is in my prayers right now and I hope they figure out how to get aid into Haiti with the situation with the airport.

Anonymous said...

Heaven bless you all in this time of crisis, and may you have every bit of good news that there can possibly be, for your students and staff. I am grateful to hear that Auguste and Lakay are OK. May you hear more
good news from the others as well.

Everyone is in my prayers, Peg


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