Geneseo Students send Prayers to Lascahobas

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Prayers written by SUNY Geneseo Students

Prayers written by SUNY Geneseo Students

As many of you know, shortly after the earthquake in Haiti the student body at SUNY Geneseo lead by St. Andrew's own Samantha Lillpopp hosted a candlelight vigil and created a  prayer wall as a way for students to express their concern for the people of Haiti. Last week Samantha and her team sent many of the prayers that were posted on the wall to Holy Spirit Church in Lascahobas.  It is their hope that Fr. Milor will share the prayer  and good wishes with his parish and the people of the town. In addition the student raised more than $2,500 that was sent to Partner In Health.

HAITI’S QUAKE HAS SENT 600,000 INTO POOR COUNTRYSIDE

Haiti's quake has sent 600,000 people into poor countryside By William Booth The Washington Post LASCAHOBAS, Haiti — The earthquake that struck Haiti's capital has also jarred the impoverished countryside, sending 600,000 people into the provinces — where locals are overwhelmed with the tasks of feeding and sheltering desperate newcomers. Haitian and international aid officials describe the migration as one of the largest and most wrenching the hemisphere has seen, as internally displaced people stream out of Port-au-Prince and head to struggling provincial towns. "They are everywhere. They are in the town, and they are sleeping in the fields," said Gerald Joseph, mayor of Lascahobas, a farming and trading town about three hours north of the capital. "Our schools are beyond full now. Our hospital is full. This small home in Lascahobas housed five people before the earthquake hit Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January. Now it has 16 residents. "We're sleeping four to a bed," homeowner Monique Michel said. All our houses are full of people. We don't have an empty house. Where four people were sleeping before, there are now 14." Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14681929#ixzz0ifm2AxGJ

World Vision Warns Haiti’s Rural Communities Risk Chronic Food, Water Shortage as Burden to Care for Displaced Grows

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision warns Haiti's rural communities are at risk for chronic food and water shortages as the burden to care for the displaced grows. Families in these communities are struggling to cope with the influx of people seeking refuge from the destruction in the capital city. The aid agency is concerned that these communities are at risk of increased chronic food and water shortages and lack of adequate shelter as the rainy season approaches, burdens that could lead to more displacement and deeper poverty as resources are rapidly depleted. "Haiti's rural communities were already struggling to make ends meet before the earthquake," said Jean-Claude Mukadi, the relief response manager for World Vision in Haiti. "Now, as people continue to arrive in these communities, joining the hundreds of thousands who have already fled, they are all looking for food, water, and shelter. It's critical that efforts are put into place to help the families who were already living in these areas as well as those who are displaced from their homes." To read more go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-vision-warns-haitis-rural-communities-risk-chronic-food-water-shortage-as-burden-to-care-for-displaced-grows-85992342.html

Major migration of people from Port-au-Prince to the Central Plateau

This is an arcticle from the LA Times February 23, 2010|By Ken Ellingwood (Headline)Haiti quake is beginning to be felt miles away (description) Haitian farmers in the countryside struggle to feed the displaced relatives they've taken in. As meager funds dwindle, they wonder how they'll be able to buy seeds for the spring planting. (article) Reporting from Saint-Marc, Haiti — Even in normal times, Edwin Andre has all he can do to eke out a living from the corn, tomatoes and sweet potatoes he coaxes from an acre plot in northern Haiti. His wife, Roselaine Cius, peddles the produce roadside and cooks rice-and-bean plates from a stick-frame lunch shack to help support their family of eight. Suddenly, though, eight hungry mouths soared to 18 after siblings and in-laws from earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince fled by rattletrap bus to this sweep of farmland, a two-hour drive from the capital. The couple's spare, concrete house -- no bigger than an average one-bedroom apartment in the United States -- is packed to bursting. Food once converted to cash goes to feed the homeless loved ones. Money is now so short that the pair doubt they will be able to buy seeds for the crucial spring planting season that is only weeks away. "I don't see how we will have enough money," said Cius, 40, sweating under a porkpie hat as she ladled rice from a charcoal-heated pot. "There's no way. There's no money." The effects of the Jan. 12 earthquake that flattened much of Port-au-Prince are rippling powerfully across rural Haiti, the poorest swath of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Villagers are near the breaking point as they try to accommodate tens of thousands of displaced city dwellers just when they would be putting their precious resources into preparing for planting. In desperation, some have resorted to eating their meager seed stocks or killing their chickens and goats to feed the influx, rather than keeping them to sell. . . . To read the full article go to: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/23/world/la-fg-haiti-rural24-2010feb24