Last night, we got a truck to Cayes. That's a huge victory. El Shaddai was able to secure more food for all of the kids sheltering at Cambry.
We are bullish that within the next 24-48 hours, all of the children in our partners' care in the Cayes region will have at least 30 solid days of food, clean water, and other basics. That's the goal.
All of the children from Leogane are now with Pastor Claude at La Tramblay, safe and sound — thanks to so many friends here who stepped up to help.
The curve ball last night had to do with Jeremie. El Shaddai has an anchor campus there with children. Jeremie has been devastated and communication is nil. Access is virtually nil. Dony St. Germaine with El Shaddai has been holding down that fort any way that he can.
Here are the plans for today, God willing:
One of the needs presented to us is dry clothing. Children lost everything. So many are in the same wet, muddy clothing they had on the day Matthew hit. It's a major problem.
- A small plane will shuttle food and supplies from Port au Prince (PaP) to Cayes, with delivery to Cambry, Cassamajor, and La Hatte (La Hatte delivery will happen by shuttling motorcycles one at a time with supplies through the river).
- A truck loaded with food and supplies will be loaded in PaP and move to Cayes, also with destination aimed at Cambry, Cassamajor, La Hatte. (We are flying in addition to trucking, because trucks are not guarantied to get there – redundancy is essential. If both missions are successful, the food and water situation for the kids at Cayes will be stable. We can begin to focus on next-level needs.)
- A larger plane full of food and water will fly from PaP to Jeremie today at around 2 pm. A couple of us will go with that plane and stay in Jeremie with Dony to assess emergency needs for the children there.
We are fortunate to be the only orphan care ministry that owns an apparel company! Jeff, the COO at Life SA, has activated our sewing employees today to begin making children's clothes. They will sew 2,500 new garments for kids in the next 2-3 days, so that we can distribute them.
Our hope is to secure a fabric partnership to make many more garments for children in need.
What a beautiful thing to see Haitian workers making Haitian clothes for Haitian kids in the midst of crisis. Blows us away!