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Update Oct. 20, 2016


sylvaneshouseIn our fall newsletter we shared the story of Sylvane Luissant. Sylvane and her family of 10 live in Roseaux, southern Haiti. Like many families across Haiti, Sylvane’s family lived in less than ideal conditions. Her home was falling apart and the roof and walls no longer kept out the rain. Thanks to the generous donations of Chalice supporters, Sylvane’s family, like over a hundred others in Haiti, was chosen to receive a new home through the Houses for Haiti program. Haiti South director Sister Merilise shared the joy and pride Sylvane had about her new home, and the home, combined with the sponsorship of her daughter Widelaine, meant a considerable improvement in the family’s lives.

On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew passed over southwestern Haiti. Roseaux, like many communities in southern Haiti, suffered severe damage as a result of the hurricane. The category 4 storm brought high wind and torrential rain to southern Haiti destroying crops, killing livestock, uprooting trees, and nearly destroying entire towns. Over 80% of the buildings in the town of Jeremie were destroyed including homes, schools, and medical facilities.

After the storm had passed, Sister Merilise stopped by Sylvane’s home to see if everyone was alright. We were relieved to hear that Sylvane and her family made it through the storm and that their home was still standing. A fallen tree caused significant damage to the roof, but otherwise Sylvane’s home survived the storm. In the coming weeks, Chalice will provide assistance to repair or replace roofs damaged by Hurricane Matthew. We will also be proceeding with our Homes for Haiti phase in the town of Jeremie.

Chalice Canada relies on your generous donations to meet these critical needs.

Thank you for your prayers & continued support of our work in Haiti.

Haiti Fact Sheet:
  • Chalice has been working in Haiti since 1997.
  • Chalice works to ensure our sponsored children are able to go to school and get an education. We support their education and development with nutrition programs and medical care.
  • 2,603 children are sponsored through Chalice in Haiti including 1,224 in Haiti South.
  • The UN estimates that 1.4 million Haitians require urgent assistance.
  • According to Sister Merilise at our Haiti South Site, the most immediate needs are food, water, and medical aid.
  • The most urgent threat facing Haiti is the resurgence of cholera caused by contaminated drinking water.
  • After the 2010 earthquake, Chalice supporters generously donated over $17,000 for water purification tablets and sanitized portable water systems to fight cholera. Chalice supporters also provided nearly $300,000 in disaster relief funding to build homes and classrooms and repair damaged schools, a community centre, and a nursery.
  • Through Disaster Relief and its Homes for Haiti Program, Chalice has built 140 houses in Haiti. These houses are made of concrete and the walls and foundations withstood hurricane winds and falling trees. Many of the roofs were damaged or torn off, and Chalice will provide assistance to repair or replace damaged roofs. The next phase of the Homes for Haiti Program was to be in the areas of Roseaux and Previle  and this will continue as planned.
Currently, Chalice feeds over 2600 children daily & we have over 1200 children in our sponsorship program in the area impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Our site operates in and around the town of Jeremie which was in the direct path of the storm. We have Chalice staff on the ground & our Site Director, Sister Merilise of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Quebec, has confirmed that the media reports & aerial photos of this area are correct. The town of Jeremie and surrounding villages have been nearly destroyed including homes, schools, and medical facilities. Transportation routes from the capital to Southern Haiti have also been severely damaged, making it difficult for assistance to reach this region.

Chalice’s International Manager Randy Spaulding says our Sponsor Site Staff are working diligently to assess the individual needs of families at this time. Sister Merilise reports the most needed aid includes emergency food, water, clothing, home repairs and medical assistance. Wide scale flooding also increases the risk of water-borne diseases, especially Cholera.

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