God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)
Following the January earthquake and a recent cholera outbreak, Hurricane Tomas is the third natural disaster to hit Haiti this year.
At the Holt Fontana Village, the child care center Holt supports in Haiti, staff on the ground have been preparing for the coming storm for the past week – stockpiling a month’s worth of food and water and checking medical supplies.
“For the families in the Fanmi Ansanm program in Montrouis and Jacmel, since it is hurricane season, the families have all received trainings on hurricane preparedness,” says Sarah Halfman, Holt’s director of programs in Latin America, Haiti and Romania. In addition to nutritional and educational support, the 234 families in Holt’s family preservation program receive weekly family wellness trainings. Different topics are discussed, including disease prevention and hurricane preparedness.
Mansour Masse, Holt’s Haiti director, reports that families in our family preservation program are safe.
This weekend, Holt asks that you keep the people of Haiti in your prayers. Pray for ongoing safety for the children and families in our care and strength and courage for all Haitian people as they struggle through yet another tragedy.