Hope for the Future of Haiti

February 19, 2019

An update from Michael Anello, FHM In-Country Director

 

Last week we sheltered in place at the FHM Guesthouse in Leogane. We were unable to exit the front gate due to blockades of rocks, tree branches, and burning tires lining the road to and from Leogane. Most of our staff both in and out of Port-au-Prince were unable to travel to our facilities so the Blanchard and Tom Gato clinics remained mostly closed. One important exception has been our local security guards in Leogane who have diligently protected our property.

 

We were surprised at how many people found our guesthouse a safe place to take shelter from the turmoil and confusion of this country if only for a few hours.  Friends stopped in, called, and in general made sure we were safe. It was comforting to know that people cared and truly looked out for our safety.

 

Everyday brought new challenges. For us the lack of diesel remains our most pressing problem. But people are pulling together and sharing resources and information. We helped coordinate the evacuation of 10 volunteers from a partner organization Zami Fondwa and a friend of mine by helicopter on Friday. All have returned to the States safely.

 

The last few days have brought a reprieve from the violence and protests. The Prime Minster Jean-Henry Ceant made an address to the country on Saturday outlining an economic plan to help resolve the current crisis. Haitian’s remain anxious over the future of Haiti and many can not look past finding drinking water and food for the coming days.

 

Many uncertainties remain for this country. The future is very unpredictable, and life continues to remain very hard for the people we serve. We continue to pray for reconciliation within the government fractions, for economic stability of the country, but most importantly for a better future for our Haitian friends.

 

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