Local assistance offers vital support in Haiti after a tropical storm earthquake there.
Will Jude, director of Reiser Relief in Minnesota, was in the southeast of Haiti on August 14th in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when the tropic storm Grace hit the nation two days later.
“There were about around 8:30 a.m. and I was at the building’s second level,” he added. “Suddenly, everything begins to vibrate. It took me a few seconds to understand, Whoa, it’s an earthquake. And I ran out of the building when this occurred.” So all the others did, said Jude. He said that everyone in the nation felt the tremors, he added.
According to Jude, the tropical storm that followed produced severe floods as well as landslides in rural regions. Many people were relocated when their shacks crumbled and roofs fell in, he added, but buildings that his company had built to contemporary standards did not fall.
Jude was recently presented to Patrick Conley, presenter of “Practicing Catholic,” to explain how his group helps the Haitian people fulfill their needs.
Reiser Relief is an organization on the ground that cooperates directly with religious nuns, including the little Sisters of St. Therese, Sisters, and Brotherhood congregations, and Catholic laity said Jude, to offer education, shelters for homeless children, residential accommodations for the elderly, etc.
as well as support for agricultural initiatives and university support. Father Bernard Reiser, who also established the Epiphany pastor in Coon Rapids, founded it. Until his death in 2011, he supervised the organization.
Among the objectives of the Haitian group today is to provide “meal and medical assistance to all those who need it,” said Jude.
Jude added, with a lot of Haitians living in the elements, “there is a lot of hunger in that region right now.” “To assist displaced individuals in the region, the sisters do everything they can.”
He says that slums are the most hazardous and most apparent regions of severe poverty.
“A lot of homelessness exists… Gang warfare is a great risk,” warned Jude. “In many of these regions and rural areas, there is no waste, no running water, and no power.”
“It really does remind you that we have a duty as Christians, as Catholics, to be stewards of resources on this planet, and truly must search for one another wherever they are in the world,” said Jude.