In addition to the danger of Covid-19, there is another danger that threatens Haiti, which is hunger. This is already a very big problem in the country. From the possibilities we have as a foundation, we help as much as we can.
Johan Smoorenburg wrote: “The lack of food will cause a lot of unrest. This also puts us in danger in the children’s village because people know that we have food for our children and people. ”
First Covid-19, now the imminent food shortage and then the cyclone season has also started.
Haiti in danger from three sides. More than 3.67 million Haitians have also been in a food crisis due to recent protests and economic uncertainty. Now through Covid-19, this number will most likely rise to over 4.1 million people.
Many farmers in Haiti are faced with the choice of staying at home on the advice of the government or working their land and providing food. Sowing, harvesting, selling food on the market; it is hard work and often families and neighbors work together on the land.
Due to the coronavirus, there is now less seed available on the market, which means that less can be planted. If agricultural production is shut down even further, hunger will soon be a bigger and more deadly problem than Covid-19.
As a foundation, we started a food campaign to tackle hunger. With this we want to support the population of the capital Port-au-Prince.
“The monster is coming!” and “No escape!” The local newspapers leave little room for a different interpretation of the current situation in Haiti. Corona also finds its way here and people are afraid. Will this be the biggest disaster of all time for Haiti?
When the first outbreaks of Covid-19 in Haiti were detected, the virus seemed to be moving slowly. This was also because the country had been “cut off” from the rest of the world for some time due to protests and negative travel advice. Unfortunately, it now seems to be going the other way. This is caused by returning Haitians from heavily troubled areas in the Dominican Republic. They worked there but many have been fired and return home carrying the virus.
Sick people who are stopped at the border must be quarantined. There is no suitable location for this. People run away or refuse to quarantine. Of the people who become
referred to hospitals many choose not to go. Doctors in the country suspect tens of thousands of people will become ill in the country. Many doctors try to prepare as well as possible for the upcoming patients, but there is a shortage of everything and the costs associated with the preparation are extremely high. Too often, Haitians die from diseases that are easy to treat. If people already die from diarrhea, how can one survive the coronavirus?
It is estimated that the country has only 40 respirators, of which perhaps 20 are operating. Many doctors do not know how to operate these machines at all. The Haitian government has still tried to import all necessary materials, however
it is feared that it will be too little and too late. Doctor after doctor admits, “We’re not prepared at all.” For many villages in Haiti, the cities and hospitals are virtually inaccessible. When corona hits their village, there is no escaping it.
Corona has also broken out in the country’s largest prison, located in the heart of Port-au-Prince. More than 3,500 prisoners currently reside here, while there is actually only room
is for 778 prisoners. The prison is overcrowded and hygiene leaves a lot to be desired.
Then the problem remains that the Haitians seem to have to be convinced of the seriousness of the situation. The shops and supermarkets where the Haitian elite comes, the measures are good
for each other. Disinfection points, compulsory wearing of face masks, keeping distance, etc. But in the markets – where the rest of the population has to get their food – these measures are not adhered to; this is also not feasible. About 60 percent of Haitians live below the poverty line. Choose to stay at home
is impossible for them. For them, staying at home simply means no food.
Haiti has many faces. On the one hand, there is the ignorance of the Haitians who do not believe that the corona virus really exists. Because the news comes from the government and confidence in the government is minimal. On the other hand, there are those who believe it and put the blame on the government. Protests against the government were already underway before the outbreak of Covid-19
day. This has now only gotten worse and worse with corona. The Haitians feel that they are all alone.
You may have read it: the coronavirus has also reached Haiti. The country with so many problems is not prepared for yet another major crisis. Johan Smoorenburg: “After working in Haiti for 38 years, we think this could be the biggest challenge for us and the biggest disaster for Haiti the country has ever known.”
The information provided by the government is also questionable: “The biggest problem is that the government incorrectly informs people. She continues to maintain that 25 people are now infected with the virus. That only a few hundred are quarantined. This is certainly not the case. Because dozens of sick people who were housed in a kind of hotel have run away. They were let down by the nursing staff there: they had no money, no food and had to take care of themselves. These people – who are probably infected – are now walking quietly among the population. ”
There is a lot of ignorance among the population. And if they already seek help for their complaints, they are often not helped. Johan: “They cannot do tests in the hospital, so people are sent away. Nursing staff and doctors no longer come to work because there are no personal protective equipment. There is one laboratory in Port-au-Prince that is allowed to do the tests. It then takes four days for someone to get the results, so people don’t wait for that. In fact, they hide from fear of being stoned. ”
Our village / base is quarantined
“We are very worried. We do what we can to protect the approximately 250 children, teens and staff who live or work with us. In this way, all children remain in the village and the staff have also agreed to remain in the village. However, the driver sometimes has to get out. For example, a child recently broke his hand due to an accident. He had to have an operation, so we go away from the village for this kind of emergency. The driver and the car are immediately disinfected. We have food until the end of May, but still have to buy for a month, because we expect to be indoors until at least the end of June. ”
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Child Sponsorship Plan
Child Sponsorship Plan helps children from birth to adulthood by providing housing, meals, a Christian education, medical care and professional training or university. Heart for Haiti facilitates the relationship between the sponsor and the child. Correspondence between the sponsor and the child is encouraged to improve the development of the child, and sponsors are encouraged to pray for “their” child. You will receive a picture of your sponsored child and periodic letters.
The eight pillars of the CSP are: spiritual formation, a healthy diet, a good education, safety, homework assistance, medical care, sports and games, and information.
For $ 40 per month children’s needs are met financially. A small part of your support is reserved for exceptional medical care and research.
Currently, over 40 elderly people reside on the property. They are aware that sponsorships make this possible and are very grateful to have a wonderful home and not have to live on the streets begging for food. They are housed in a separate unit, where they also have their medical needs attended to, e.g. medications, wound dressings, etc. For $25 per month, you can sponsor one of our senior
School sponsorship is for the children who live outside the project whose parents
are not able to pay the minimum school fees. The monthly sponsoring $ 20 per month, which pays for teachers, books, school uniforms and school supplies.