Blog

01 May

C4C – 5/1/20

Haiti has been setting up additional care centers for COVID-19 patients and the country is waiting on millions of dollars worth of medical equipment being sent from China. There has not been a large increase in positive cases, but most of the population still does not have access to a testing center. MICRO LOAN: The 11 women in our second round program in Gonaives made their first of 10 monthly loan payments at the end of March,...

27 Apr

C4C 4/27/20

There are currently 72 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Haiti from the 1 testing center in the country. There are no known cases of the virus in our villages. AGRICULTURE: Our second agriculture project in our remote village of Massikot is underway, serving the poorest 50 families in the village. We have built a rainwater collection system to distribute water to the 50 households and their backyard farming crops. The crops, including papaya trees, beans, cabbage, peppers, and more are...

22 Apr

C4C – 4/22/20

The known COVID-19 cases in Haiti have neither escalated nor improved in the past week. EDUCATION: We continue to pay our teachers their salary despite the closing of our 4 village schools. Our teachers have implemented at-home assignments and WhatsApp (messaging app) as conditions allow. However, homeschooling remains a huge challenge for Haitian families when they rarely have power, the kids are given chores and work to help keep their families afloat, and little to no materials...

20 Apr

C4C- 4/20/20

According to BBC News, “Around 60% of Haitians live below the poverty line and many face a stark choice: either go about [their] daily business and run the risk of contracting COVID-19, or stay indoors, as the government advises, and be unable to put food on the table.” The government has been distributing food parcels and masks, but not enough to reach a large percentage of the people. “In Port-au-Prince, market days have been cut back, creating further demand for...

17 Apr

C4C – 4/17/20

According to the Miami Herald, “In the last week, the mayors of two of the largest cities — Petionville and Carrefour — have announced restrictions on the days and times that public markets in their cities can operate. They have also put in hand-washing stations and announced the distributions of masks.” FEEDING PROGRAM: Feed My Starving Children, our food partner, relies on volunteers to pack meals, but since they are not able to meet together at this time, they are using...

15 Apr

C4C – 4/15/20

Many Haitians are in denial of the coronavirus’ arrival in Haiti, as many do not trust the government officials and the news they give. Also, not many people have access to news and the education needed to keep themselves protected. There are now 40 confirmed cases and 3 deaths, with hundreds if not thousands of others with the virus, not getting tested. Our Crèche Director, Nathan, visited the Petionville market down the mountain earlier this week, and he said the...

13 Apr

C4C – 4/13/20

Haiti now has 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but thousands of people remain untested due to the country only having 2 testing centers and limited doctors. The government is taking measures to encourage people to stay home as much as possible. According to our Creche Director, Nathan, some markets in larger areas have been closed down to try to prevent the spread of the virus, but most Haitians rely on selling goods every day to survive. Please be praying for...

10 Apr

C4C – 4/10/20

GOOD FRIDAY: Today, our pastors, church members, and C4C employees and their families are praying together from our homes in gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice, for guidance and provision within Chances for Children, for the situation in Haiti, and for the virus to stop spreading across the world. Please join us all in prayer today. WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: We have sent our 9 seamstresses in our Zel program home since we have a small space for them to work in and we do...

08 Apr

C4C – 4/8/20

“Battered by years of man-made and natural disasters,” according to Haitian Analysis, “Haiti faces another historical ordeal with few resources to confront it. Systematically looted for years, Haiti now sits on the precipice of another major disaster of which the poor majority, sidelined and repressed, will again bear the brunt: Covid-19.” Haiti currently has 24 cases of the virus, but only 2 testing centers across the country. Many hospitals and other medical centers are closing down, as they do...

06 Apr

C4C – 4/6/20

Haiti has been hit hard with tragedies year after year for decades, and this virus may be considered no less. Haiti Analysis “spoke with Dr. Ernst Noël, of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy (FMP) in Port-au-Prince, who stated that 800,000 [deaths] is not exaggerated. In his view it is highly probable that more people will die due to Coronavirus than perished in the 2010 earthquake.” Read more about the staggering statistics here: http://haitianalysis.com/2020/03/31/haiti-on-the-precipice-of-coronavirus/ CHURCH: This past weekend, pastors and church leaders...