Since Haiti has few healthcare networks and even less infrastructure, officials have taken a proactive approach to prevent the spread of coronavirus by calling for a national lockdown. The question still remains, “how”? How do we actually prepare? How can we urge people to “wash hands constantly” when water is not readily accessible? How can we urge them to shelter in place when the only way that they can feed their children is to stand out in the sun for hours upon hours just to sell a few dollar’s worth of goods for the day? How can we realistically expect them to practice social distancing when most live in close quarters with family and neighbors? Much unknown lies ahead, but we must take things as the Haitians do – day by day.

C4C EMPLOYEES: Haiti does not have resources, such as unemployment, to sustain them during times of hardship. We have sent 59 members of our staff home, but we will continue to pay them during this lockdown. This includes guesthouse staff, teachers and school directors from our village schools, Zel seamstresses, Ila Joi artisans, and medical clinic staff. Our employees rely on this pay to survive and we will do everything we can to continue supporting them.

CRECHE: We are thankful that other than not being able to go to church or school, daily life has not changed much for the children. They continue to play games together, read and continue working through their school workbook, do daily chores, help the nannies with some tasks, play with the toddlers, and watch movies.